Scaling Up Sustainability Standards

Scaling Up Sustainability Standards

In the last few decades voluntary sustainability standards, as market based mechanisms and tools, have made a significant positive contribution globally towards responsible production and consumption. Governments are increasingly looking to sustainability standards to support their policy objectives and corporations are making major commitments to certified, sustainable products and services.

Voluntary Sustainability Standards (VSS) as mechanisms and tools for businesses/industry self-regulation are globally increasing in use and scope, and setting standards as a trend is gaining momentum in several emerging economies as well. While use of VSS in the domain of sustainable development is much higher in the developed economies, awareness on VSS, their national and global relevance, uses and impacts in India is relatively low.

ISEAL Alliance and CRB have partnered with an aim to increase awareness among stakeholders in India about the market opportunities and impacts of voluntary sustainability standards and strengthen capacities of organizations and professionals to set and implement VSS in India.

CRB and ISEAL Alliance Project in India is in line with India’s 12th Five Year Plan (2012-2017) that recommends businesses and business associations to develop their own standards to encourage self-regulation for business responsibility and responsible conduct, and to build capacity and knowledge.

The overarching goal of the ISEAL–CRB partnership is to scale up the developmental impacts of sustainability standards by enabling public and private sector leaders in India to understand, engage with and contribute to the further development of sustainability standards systems.

The ISEAL-CRB partnership envisions:

  • Increased awareness of credible sustainability standards among leaders in India
  • Dynamic stakeholder network in India focused on sustainability standards
  • Strengthened participation of India in global discussions about standards
  • Enabled stakeholders (both public and private) to use and have ownership of sustainability standards
  • Building sustainable value chains and markets at the domestic level in India through facilitating better understanding of how to build domestic markets for sustainable products and exchange with other emerging economy leaders (Brazil and China) on sustainability standards as tools for responsible production and consumption
  • International standards to be locally adaptable and increase awareness of good practices to bridge national and international standards