With their influence in nearly every sector in which ISEAL members work, increasing the uptake of credible standards in emerging economies is essential for improving the impacts of sustainability standards. There is an appetite on the part of emerging economy leaders for market-based tools that can incorporate sustainability considerations into core decisions, while also promoting economic prosperity and international competitiveness. Credible standards and certification can support a clear pathway to sustainable development in Brazil, India and China by improving practices at the production level and enabling socially and environmentally responsible choices through the entire supply chain.
ISEAL is leading a landmark project to drive up sustainability standards in emerging economies, focusing on increasing understanding and building strong networks that enable standards to be used effectively in these three countries. The objective of this project is to support the public and private sectors of emerging economies to engage constructively with standards to contribute to sustainability objectives.
Our vision is that in the coming years, international multi-stakeholder standards will be viewed as important vehicles for sustainable development in Brazil, India and China based on shared learning and proven results. We aim to:
- Increase awareness of market opportunities and development impacts of sustainability standards
- Increase understanding about how to develop domestic sustainable value chains
- Support emerging economy leaders to actively participate in global discussions on standards
The ISEAL Credibility Principles are an anchor for generating discussion on sustainability standards. Identifying potential champions and drawing on existing initiatives are also strategies to gain traction for standards.
National flagship projects will become increasingly important in our emerging economies work, particularly to grow support for sustainable value chains locally. For example, in Brazil ISEAL is convening the Rio 2016 Food Vision Working Group to explore how credible standards could be a part of the sourcing commitments of the next Olympic Games.
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- Download our Emerging Economies and Sustainability Standards factsheet
- Download our Public Procurement and Sustainability Standards factsheet