Making Voluntary Sustainability Standards Contribute to the SDGs

11 October 2018
09:00 - 17:00 hrs. Room XXIV, Palais des Nations
, Switzerland

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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