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SCAN is built on the premise of a multi-stakeholder and multi-initiative approach bringing together would-be competitors in a collaborative forum aimed at preparing small and growing businesses for sustainable markets. SCAN’s partners are the major international institutions providing technical assistance (from standards bodies to researchers and local organizations). To access the SCAN Members Area (Members only, password protected) click here.

The SCAN Multi-stakeholder Board (MAB) members are the following:

fairTradeLogo Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International (FLO), (Germany) FLO is the organization that coordinates Fairtrade labelling at an international level. From their offices in Bonn, Germany, FLO sets international Fairtrade standards, organizes support for producers around the world, develops global Fairtrade strategy, and promotes trade justice internationally.       Iseal ISEAL Alliance, (UK) ISEAL is an international non-profit organisation that codifies best practice for the design and implementation of social and environmental standards systems. ISEAL shapes the context in which voluntary standards systems operate, by defining what good practice looks like for the sector, as well as through influencing how external stakeholders think about and engage with credible voluntary standards systems. ISEAL Alliance members such as the Forest Stewardship Council, the Marine Stewardship Council, and the Fairtrade Labelling Organizations are leading organisations in social and environmental standard setting.
UNCTAD United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), (Switzerland) UNCTAD is the principal organ of the United Nations General Assembly dealing with trade, investment and development issues. The organization's goals are to maximize the trade, investment and development opportunities of developing countries and assist them in their efforts to integrate into the world economy on an equitable basis.     International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements (IFOAM)(Germany) IFOAM is the worldwide umbrella organization for the organic movement, uniting more than 750 member organizations in 108 countries. IFOAM's mission is leading, uniting and assisting the organic movement in its full diversity. IFOAM advocates for and works toward the worldwide adoption of ecologically, socially and economically sound systems that are based on the principles of Organic Agriculture.
logo high res Solidaridad / Coffee Program, (Netherlands) Solidaridad is an initiator and driving force behind Fair Trade, and an active player in organic agriculture. Solidaridad is intensively involved in CSR models such as Utz Certified, Social Accountability International (SAI) and the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI), and is active in Round Tables for responsible soy and sustainable biofuels. Solidaridad works with companies, consumers and producers in developing countries to develop people-friendly and environment-friendly production chains.   ra_logo_625_green_newfrog_web Rainforest Alliance(USA) Rainforest Alliance is an international non-profit organization working to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behaviour in the forestry, agriculture and tourism sectors. It is a member of the Sustainable Agriculture Network, a group of tropical agriculture organizations that have developed the Sustainable Agriculture Standard. Farms and smallholder groups compliant with the standard may be certified and companies buying from them may use the Rainforest Alliance Certified seal. From large multinational corporations to small, community-based cooperatives, the Rainforest Alliance involve businesses and consumers worldwide in their efforts to bring responsibly produced goods and services to a global marketplace where the demand for sustainability is growing steadily.
  eplogo_tagline-web EcoAgriculture Partners Supports rural communities to produce food and enhance their livelihoods while protecting the biological diversity of plant and animal life, and we educate policymakers, institutions, and innovators in ecoagriculture management approaches to enable this to happen. We support diverse ecoagriculture innovators from the agriculture, conservation and rural development sectors to strengthen and scale up their ecoagriculture management approaches by strengthening understanding of ecoagriculture; facilitating collaboration amongst practitioners, and mobilizing strategic institutional change to enable ecoagriculture.         iisd-new International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), (Canada) IISD is a Canada based non-profit organization. IISD’s mission is “to champion innovation, enabling societies to live sustainably.” Founded in 1990, the organization currently maintains collaborative relationships with about 200 organizations and governments around the world and has a team of 150 staff and associated consultants from over 30 countries, who conduct research and reporting in a variety of areas related to sustainable development. IISD deals with a variety of thematic areas including; climate change and energy, economics and sustainable development, foreign investment for sustainable development, information society, international trade, measurement and assessment, natural resources, networks and partnerships, security and tomorrow's sustainable development leaders.   cabi_logo Centre for Agricultural Bioscience International (CABI), (UK) CABI is a not-for-profit, science-based development and information organisation with nine centres worldwide. CABI’s mission and direction is influenced by its 44 member countries that help guide the organisation's activities. These include projects and consultancy, information for development, scientific publishing and mycological services.         FAST-Logo-English Finance Alliance for Sustainable Trade (FAST), (Canada) A global, member driven, non-profit association, FAST represents lenders and producers dedicated to bringing sustainable products to market. FAST brings together this diverse group of stakeholders for the first time to work collectively to increase the number of producers in developing nations who can successfully access quality trade finance, tailored to their business needs, as they enter sustainable markets.     fibl-logo Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) FiBL is an independent, non-profit, research institute with the aim of advancing cutting-edge science in the field of organic agriculture. FiBL’s research team works together with farmers to develop innovative and cost-effective solutions to boost agricultural productivity while never losing sight of environmental, health and socio-economic impacts. Alongside practical research, FiBL gives high priority to transferring knowledge into agricultural practice through advisory work, training and conferences. FiBL has offices in Switzerland, Germany and Austria and numerous projects and initiatives in Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa.
UTZ logo payoff RGB pos LR UTZ CERTIFIED, (Netherlands) UTZ Certified stands for sustainable farming and better opportunities for farmers, their families and our planet. The UTZ program enables farmers to learn better farming methods, improve working conditions and take better care of their children and the environment. UTZ Certified wants sustainable farming to become the most natural thing in the world. By working with numerous companies UTZ is able to support more and more farmers, their workers and their families achieve their ambitions. Coffee, cocoa and tea products do not get the UTZ label easily. The compliance with UTZ's strict requirements by farms and businesses is closely monitored by independent third parties. These requirements include Good Agricultural Practices and farming management, safe and healthy working conditions, abolition of child labor and protection of the environment. UTZ offers brands the possibility to track and trace the coffee, cocoa and tea, from the shelf in the store to the farmer.   4C-Logo-web 4C Association, (Germany) Within the 4C Association, producers, trade & industry and civil society from around the world work together for more sustainability in the entire coffee sector. This global community has joined forces to continuously improve the social, environmental and economic conditions for the people making their living from coffee. The main pillars of 4C are a code of conduct, rules of participation for trade & industry, support mechanisms for coffee farmers, a verification system and a participatory governance structure.           SNV Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV), (Netherlands) SNV is an international advisory organization that is dedicated to a society in which all people enjoy the freedom to pursue their own sustainable development. SNV contributes to this by strengthening capacity of local organizations. SNV is present in more than 30 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Balkans and employs 1500 national and international staff. SNV provides management advice, strengthens producer and stakeholder platforms, boosts market intelligence, improves access to finance and develops local service providers.     Logo Cirad French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD), (France). CIRAD is a French agricultural research centre working for international development. Most of its research is conducted in partnership. CIRAD has chosen sustainable development as the cornerstone of its operations worldwide. This means taking account of the long-term ecological, economic and social consequences of change in developing communities and countries. CIRAD contributes to development through research and trials, training, dissemination of information, innovation and appraisals. Its expertise spans the life sciences, human sciences and engineering sciences and their application to agriculture and food, natural resource management and society.  
UNDP_sq_new UNDP, Green Commodities Facility, (GCF) The Green Commodity Facility seeks to systemize and scale up UNDP efforts and combine them with partner initiatives to have a visionary impact on global commodity production and the lives of billions of people involved in such production. The objective of the GCF is to shift global markets to drive the production and sale of green commodities instead of current unsustainable practices. In its start up phase, the GCF is focused on agriculture, fisheries and forestry based commodities but over the long term will seek to support all types of commodities (including oil, gas and mineral commodity production).     world agroforestry World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) ICRAF’s mission is to generate science-based knowledge about the diverse roles that trees play in agricultural landscapes and to use its research to advance policies and practices that benefit the poor and the environment. Success in achieving this mission will be demonstrated by the increased use of improved trees and tree-based systems, significant gains in the overall productivity of smallholder farming systems, a marked reduction in poverty, and significant improvements in environmental quality. Our goal is to become a partner of choice for a range of scientific and development institutions in their efforts to generate tree-based solutions to the global problems of rural poverty, hunger and environmental degradation.       SAI_blue_sq Social Accountability International SAI is an international non-profit human rights organization dedicated to the ethical treatment of workers around the world.  SAI’s social standard, called SA8000, functions as a highly effective and expedient system for delivering improved social performance to businesses and their supply chain facilities. The SA8000 solution is designed to ensure compliance with the highest ethical sourcing standards by integrating management tools that serve the needs of workers and businesses alike.      
Secretariat: Sustainable Commodity Initiative The SCI is a global multi-stakeholder initiative supporting sustainable production and trade in agricultural sectors and focusing on market and standard-based approaches. The SCI’s sub-programs focus on impact assessment, access to affordable finance, and coordinated technical assistance. The SCI is facilitated through a partnership of UNCTAD and IISD. The SCI functions as secretariat of the SCAN program.


Please visit the following websites for further information on SCAN supporters and partners:

Shaping Sustainable Markets (SSM), an initiative of the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)

The Committee on Sustainability Assessment (COSA): &



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