Improving Voluntary Standards Systems through Supply Chain Partnerships
In the world today, there are hundreds of voluntary certification systems and private retailer standards aiming to develop more socially, environmentally and economically sustainable supply chains. With varying degrees of success, many such standards-based initiatives are improving access to markets, strengthening trade relationships and/or earning higher prices for specialty products. Since buyers generally require compliance with multiple standards, however, the costs associated with implementation can be prohibitive for some producers - especially smallholders and unaffiliated producers.
In order to satisfy demand requirements and alleviate cost pressures on producers, greater collaboration is needed at the pre-competitive level among stakeholders throughout the supply chain. This may involve cost sharing of implementation and remediation measures, mainstream training of best practices across the voluntary system and the development of more inclusive value chain models that facilitate smallholder access.
The goals of this meeting are to achieve a broader and deeper understanding of voluntary standards systems and to identify opportunities for collaboration to scale up sustainable production.
Attendance at this event is by invitation only.
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