The Sustainable Commodity Initiative SCI Rationale and Road-map: 2008-2011

By Jason Potts, Jason Potts on January 17, 2008
The Sustainable Commodity Initiative is a multi-stakeholder alliance aimed at maximizing the sustainable development impacts of Voluntary Sustainability Initiatives (VSIs) in commodity production and trade. Guided by a multi-stakeholder Secretariat and Consultative Group, the SCI will play an action-oriented role as a proponent and facilitator of debate, policy and initiative development while stimulating the adoption of best practice across initiatives and associated public policy. The SCI Secretariat is currently supported by AIDEnvironment, the International Institute for Environment and Development, the International Institute for Sustainable Development and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.

The SCI offers a unique forum for leveraging existing knowledge and initiatives across VSIs with a view to maximizing sustainable development impacts through scientific research; policy analysis; highlighting best practice; facilitating learning, and more.

The SCI has continued to develop a strategic approach in response to recent changes in supply chain challenges and opportunities. Equipped with a revitalized three-year road-map that builds on the SCI's mission to act as a catalyst towards improved social and environmental performance in global commodity production and trade, the Initiative will continue to strengthen the link between the production of commodities and sustainable livelihoods.

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IISD, UNCTAD, IIED, AIDEnvironment, 2008