Promoting Gender Equality in Foreign Agricultural Investments: Lessons from voluntary sustainability standards

By Kathleen Sexsmith, Published by IISD, January 2017

This report analyzes the gender-related content of five major global agricultural sustainability standards and five principles for responsible investment in agriculture. It answers the question: Do the global principles and standards improve gender equality? It also examines how to build on the successes and failures of these initiatives to improve gender equality in agricultural investments. The experiences of the sustainability standards are used to provide guidance for responsible investment. Available at