Sustainable Value Chains through Voluntary Sustainability Standards

The rapid growth of voluntary sustainability standards (VSS) has brought both benefits and constraints to developing countries.

Although voluntary in nature, their expansion has made it increasingly clear that to maximize benefits from such standards and effectively manage their impact on sustainable development and market access, developing country governments must have access to to comprehensive, credible and independent information; engage directly with a wide variety of key actors; and evaluate and place VSS within a broader pro-poor sustainable development strategy.

The United Nations Forum on Sustainability Standards (UNFSS) is a platform created to provide information and analysis on VSS, also known as private standards. They deal with occupational safety, environmental, social and animal welfare issues and have a particular focus on their potential value as tools for developing countries to achieve their sustainable development goals.


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