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Making Voluntary Sustainability Standards Contribute to the SDGs
11 October 2018
Room XXIV, Palais des Nations
Geneva, Switzerland

Key Issues


Voluntary Sustainability Standards (VSS) have become an important market access prerequisite for developing-country producers and exporters of agro-forestry and fishery commodities. Intended benefits from VSS however do not always reach small producers and MSMEs.

Issues for Discussion

  • How can we merge consumer and business interests towards “sustainable” goods with development interests?

  • How can trade shape the influence of VSS on developing countries’ market access?

  • What do country cases show on how “equitable” VSS are for smallholder producers and MSMEs?




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Language(s):English; English;
Ms. Miho Shirotori, miho.shirotori@unctad.org
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