Sustainability requirements and labelling schemes
The application of a set of standards is fundamental to moving from the rhetoric and putting “sustainability into practice”.
Transparency and consumer guarantee is assured through auditing and
certification schemes, which ultimately lead to a label. The best known
are the global certification and label schemes that rely on independent
third party control systems, and the frontrunner is the organic label,
which has maintained a market presence for over 50 years. However, in
recent years many other successful label schemes have emerged, including
FSC, FLO, MSC, UTZ, and the Rainforest Alliance, all of which are
united in the international network of ISEAL (International Social and
Environmental Accreditation and Labelling Alliance). In addition to
these programmes, more and more enterprises are developing their own
sustainable label programmes. The emergence of “private” label
programmes is one of the main reasons there is little governmental
regulation. One very advanced and diverse scheme that is having a
growing impact is the PRO Planet seal from REWE Group.
are independent or “private”, all label programmes face the fundamental
challenge of proving they have a positive impact on all three pillars of
sustainability. They must also be able to give an answer to the
question whether their programme delivers.
This session will – in
the spirit of the conference subtitle “From intention to action”– focus
on concrete examples of label programmes from the ISEAL family and the
Potential questions for the discussion:
- “Monopoly” for third party independent label programmes?
- Should there be one meta-standard and label system for sustainability?
- “Impact on the ground” – do the programmes deliver the promises?
- Co-labelling (ISEAL member with private sector labels) –competition or creating synergies?
- Scaling up sustainability – how to move from niche to mainstream?
- Is the fear of standards and certification becoming non-tariff barriers founded, and if so, how can smallholder marginalization be avoided?
- What supportive and flanking policies are required by governments to turn standards into pro-active tools?
|Moderator: Bernward Geier, |
COLABORA – Let’s work together
|“Setting the scene”: Dr. Ulrich Hoffmann, |
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
UN forum on sustainability standards: balancing public and
private interest in standard setting and implementation
|Dr. Daniela Büchel, REWE Group|
Patrick Troetschler, Lake Constance Foundation
PRO PLANET – Introducing a label for more
sustainable products, using the example of apples
|Elena Binkhuijsen, UTZ Certified|
UTZ Certified – “Better farming. Better future.
What’s behind the label?”
|Caroline Hickson, Fairtrade International|
Public private partnerships for producer impact
- To provide an overview about third party independent and private sector label initiatives.
- To show best practices of the schemes.
- To discuss the opportunities and challenges of certification and label programmes.