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SCI showcased at the World Trade Organization (WTO)
16/10/2014 – 11:19
The Sustainable Commodity Initiative (SCI) recently presented several of its programmes at the World Trade Organization (WTO) Public Forum 2014 in Geneva, as part of a panel on ‘Voluntary Sustainability Standards: Building Equity in and Access to Sustainable Markets’. David Cuming moderated the panel on behalf of IISD and the State of Sustainability Initiatives (SSI) and presented the SSI Review 2014 and SAMCERT (IFAD-funded grant -Strengthening Smallholders’ Access to Markets for Certified Sustainable Products). Christopher Wunderlich presented the SCAN programme and the key role that technical assistance plays in sustainable development and sustainable agriculture, in particular for smallholders in producer countries. The panel also included stimulating presentations by Frank Grothaus of the United Nations Forum on Sustainability Standards (UNFSS) and Ragnar Wetterblad on behalf of the Finance Alliance for Sustainable Trade (FAST). For audio of the event, please visit the World Trade Organization (WTO) website.
07/07/2014 – 11:43
The IFAD-funded SAMCERT programme is into its third and final year. Food Tank recently reached out to SAMCERT Coordinator David Cuming for an interview that touched upon SAMCERT’s efforts to support IFAD producer groups in West Africa, Indonesia and Central America, notably with certification and market access. Food Tank is a leading non-profit organisation focused on environmentally, socially and economically sustainable ways of alleviating hunger, obesity and poverty. The Food Tank blog reaches more than 100,000 readers. // Read More
28/04/2014 – 15:07
On the heels of the State of Sustainability Initiatives (SSI) Review 2014 ISEAL recently interviewed the SCI’s Jason Potts on the findings of the report and the challenges facing standards as they seek to increase their influence. For more information, and to download the report, please see the SSI/Publications section.
01/02/2014 – 04:28
Private sector sourcing commitments are driving major market growth for sustainable commodities, according to the State of Sustainability Initiatives (SSI) Review 2014 published today by an alliance of international organisations. The SSI Review 2014 provides a bird’s eye view of market and performance trends of the 16 most prevalent standards initiatives – such as the Forest Stewardship Council, Organic, and Rainforest Alliance – across ten leading commodity sectors. The Review reveals double and triple digit growth across the majority of initiatives surveyed. Certified goods with an estimated trade value of US$31.6 billion in 2012, and a much higher market value, were studied.
// 20/11/2013 – 15:40
Please see www.sustainablecommodities.org/samcert for more information on an IFAD funded project focusing on certification and market access for smallholders For the State of Sustainability Initiatives (SSI) see: www.sustainablecommodities.org/SSI For the Committee on Sustainablity Assessment (COSA) please visit: www.thecosa.org For the Sustainable Commodity Assistance Network (SCAN) please visit: scanprogram.org For further information on all of these programmes, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
SAMCERT Scoping Mission to Sulawesi, Indonesia
// 22/02/2013 – 16:52
The SAMCERT programme undertook a scoping mission to Indonesia at the end of January 2013. SAMCERT will be joining forces there with the IFAD READ programme in Central Sulawesi to lend support to cocoa farmers in their efforts to farm sustainabily and access international markets. For more information about the IFAD-READ programme, see the Rural Poverty Portal.
SAMCERT // 23/08/2012 – 19:48
In the context of SANA – the international exhibition of organic and sustainable products (Bologna, 8-12 September), ICEA and the Sustainable Commodity Initiative is pleased to organize a workshop on how markets for certified products (Organic, Fairtrade etc.) can contribute to improve the income of farmers in developing countries. The workshop will showcase the Strengthening Smallholders’ Access to Markets for Certified Sustainable Products (SAMCERT) programme, a grant from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). It will also highlight IFAD’s approach to public-private partnerships and first-hand accounts from producers (Sao Tome and Sierra Leone) and private sector companies.
12/08/2011 – 15:27
The film “After the Harvest: Fighting Hunger in the Coffelands” was recently released to excellent reviews. Narrated by actress Susan Sarandon, it focuses on the 3-8 months of the year when many farmers in Central and South America are forced to eat less or borrow against their future. The story is told through the voices of the farmers themselves, with insightful analysis provided by Daniele Giovannucci of the Committee on Sustainability Assessment (COSA) and Rick Peyser of Green Mountain Coffee Roasting.
COSA’s commitment to sustainability means measuring and understanding the challenges of hunger. We hope you’ll take a few minutes to watch “and share this film with your friends and colleagues. You can view the film here.
“A masterpiece of visual and emotional documentary that brings forth this crucial issue with absolute clarity.” Coffee Talk magazine
15/11/2010 – 11:29
The State of Sustainability Initiatives (SSI) Implementing Partners, the Sustainable Commodity Initiative (SCI) and the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), are pleased to announce the release of “State of Sustainability Initiatives Review 2010: Sustainability and Transparency”. The SSI Review is being released during the Trade Standards Practitioner’s Network’s Conference on Standards for a Sustainable Agriculture.
12/10/2010 – 09:00
There is growing interest in globally comparable measures of agricultural practices and having a credible approach to understanding what is really ‘sustainable’. The Committee for Sustainable Assessment (COSA) does just that, and the month of October saw Daniele Giovannucci present COSA to key stakeholders in northern Europe. // Read More
30/06/2010 – 09:47
In my capacity as SCAN partner representing UNDP’s Green Commodities Facility I attended a thoroughly successful conference organized by the Camara Peruana de Café y Cacao (Peruvian Coffee & Cocoa Chamber of Commerce) followed by an equally positive SCAN launch event in Lima. The launch event was organized to present the work of the Sustainable Commodity Assistance Network (SCAN) in Peru, and internationally. // Read More
COSA Presented at International Financial Corporation (IFC) Global Conference
22/06/2010 – 10:53
‘Corporate Responsibility: Strategies for Competitiveness and Shared Value’, Washington, D.C., June 15-17, 2010
The principles of the Committee on Sustainable Assessment were presented by Daniele Giovannucci to an enthusiastic audience at the global conference of the International Financial Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group.
The conference brought together “global cross-section of companies and practitioners to share experiences and best practices in emerging markets” and focused on issues related to the future of corporate responsibility, the latest trends and tools for strategic decision-making around sustainability, and measuring return on environmental and social investments.
Conference participants included global firms such as the Dow Chemical Company, Wal-Mart, Rio Tinto, Exxon Mobil Corporation and Deloitte.
The COSA discussion centered around the necessary steps to create a better understanding of the impacts of CSR activities, and how to achieve credible measures of those impacts as a platform for practical discussion with all stakeholders on further advancing sustainability.
The Committee on Sustainability Assessment (COSA) is a project of the Sustainable Commodity Initiative (SCI) that has overseen the development of an independent measurement tool which analyses the social, environmental and economic impacts associated with the implementation of specific sustainability practices and programs.
22/04/2010 – 11:31
The SCI team played an active role at the 22nd Annual SCAA Exhibition and Symposium from April 14-18 in Anaheim, California. Daniele Giovannucci presented COSA findings to several thousand enthusiastic coffee professionals, donors and media representatives as part of his keynote address entitled ‘Taking it Personally: Coffee and Sustainability’ at the SCAA Symposium. // Read More
05/03/2010 – 11:26
This month FAST will begin to deliver a series of on-line training workshops on the new ‘Financial Marketplace’. This on-line tool is aimed at eliminating the ‘Financing Gap’ by helping producer organizations and sustainable SMEs connect and communicate more efficiently with financial service providers. It promises to simplify access to financing for the many thousands of producers serving sustainable supply chains worldwide. // Read More
03/03/2010 – 16:32
An initial SCAN Tanzania national platform meeting was held in Moshi on February 16, 2010 the focus of which was to further consolidate the development of the platform and to create a concrete work plan focusing, for the coming year, on developing Quality Management Systems (QMS) for low-entry level producer groups. This project has been made possible thanks to funding generously provided by Hivos. // Read More
02/03/2010 – 16:59
The SCI’s Christopher Wunderlich attended the 7th East African Fine Coffees Association (EAFCA) conference on February 11-13 in Mombasa, Kenya. This important annual event on the coffee calendar brought together representatives from the 11 EAFCA member countries, along with numerous other African and international stakeholders. The conference focused on the impact of climate change and the financial crisis on coffee production in Africa, as well as gender and specific coffee production and trade related issues. // Read More.
28/10/2009 – 23:45
We are pleased to announce the development of a new global initiative dedicated to improving our understanding the impacts, effectiveness and scope of voluntary initiatives for sustainable commodities worldwide. The following is a brief update on the latest SSI project developments. // Read More
03/10/2009 – 00:53
This brief update covers the recent COSA collaboration with two UN bodies as they develop the first global database on sustainability in agriculture. Read more about this and other important project developments in the latest COSA newsletter. // Read More
02/10/2009 – 20:22
A summary of the SCI managed civil society consultation in 2008 that worked with CSO’s to identify views and priorities on a global strategy for commodities. // Read More.
www.sustainablecommodities.org // 17/04/2009 – 09:00
SCI coordinator Jason Potts participated in the first annual general meeting of the Finance Alliance for Sustainable Trade (FAST) at the recent Specialty Coffee Association of America’s (SCAA) annual conference in Atlanta Georgia. // Read More.
03/04/2009 – 09:00
The SCI’s David Cuming participated in the FAO’s first Preparatory Committee meeting for the establishment of a multi-stakeholder forum for sustainable banana production and trade. // Read More.
18/03/2009 – 09:00
The International Advisory Panel to the State of Sustainability Initiatives (SSI) met last month to begin developing an innovative new project that aims to improve the availability of information about sustainability standards and related voluntary initiatives worldwide. //Read More.
21/02/2009 – 10:00
HIVOS hosted a workshop together with the SCI to present the collaborative developments of the Sustainable Commodity Assistance Network (SCAN) project and gather information from participants on adapting the project to fit local realities. // Read More.
05/02/2009 – 17:54
COSA will partner with the United Nations International Trade Centre (ITC) to develop an online platform that will offer global access to COSA data. // Read More.
ICT Update // 01/02/2009 – 10:00
There are many projects providing guidelines to help farmers break into new markets. One initiative is now coordinating all the information so that producers can choose the most suitable programme. // Read More.
07/11/2008 – 10:00
Jason Potts, Coordinator of the Sustainable Commodity Initiative for IISD, attended the first North American Sustainable Consumption and Production Workshop organized under the CSD-led Marakech Process on sustainable consumption and production. // Read More.