Standards and Biodiversity
The Standards and Biodiversity Report analyzes the relationship between biodiversity and 15 voluntary sustainability standards.
The report is the first to apply the Biodiversity Impact Indicators for Commodity Production (BIICP) developed under the guidance of the Convention on Biological Diversity, analyzing criteria coverage across the BIICP and distribution of compliance across key markets and biodiversity parameters.
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