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The Global Sustainability Standards Symposium's programme was packed full of interesting ideas, inspiring speakers and interactive discussion. The full programme is still available to download on this web page.
Improving sustainability performance of supply chain initiatives
We heard about the different pathways through which sustainability standards can deliver social and environmental impacts, what evidence is available about these impacts, and how it can inform learning and improving to advance contributions to sustainability goals.
Evidence-driven decision-making and effectiveness
Throughout the day, we gained insight from evidence into the strengths and limitations of standard systems for driving particular types of impacts and about the enabling conditions for standards’ effectiveness. We also heard about how good data and information can inform the way standards systems, companies and governments develop new practices, strategies and policies.
Accelerating systemic impacts
In breakout sessions, groups focused in on the initiatives that are taking different approaches to address important issues including landscapes, living income and living wage. We explored how evidence helps these initiatives to inform their strategy, develop their understanding of the challenges, and deliver on their sustainability commitments.
Building connections and ideas
The symposium brings together leaders from the worlds of sustainability standards, business, government and civil society. We planned ample time throughout the day to meet and connect with your peers in discussion tables, refreshment breaks, and at the drinks reception we launched Evidensia, the exciting new platform for information on the impacts of sustainability systems.