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Global sustainable sugarcane production shows significant growth: report

Ottawa, January 30, 2020 – Corporate sustainable sourcing commitments of leading food manufacturing companies are increasing demand for voluntary sustainability standard (VSS)-compliant sugar, with the sector experiencing a compound annual growth rate of about 52% from 2008 to 2016, accounting fo...

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Tea sector shows signs of growth in sustainable production: report

Ottawa, Thursday  December 19, 2019 – The volume of tea produced in compliance with voluntary sustainability standards (VSSs) has grown at a compound annual growth rate of 35 percent since 2008, reaching at least 19 percent of overall production in 2016. In contrast, conventional tea production h...

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Major trends and challenges in the production and consumption of agricultural commodities compliant with voluntary sustainability standards (VSS): IISD launches a new commodities series kicking off with coffee, cacao, tea and sugar

Hundreds of voluntary sustainability standards (VSSs) have emerged over the last three decades as market tools that enhance sustainable development in the agriculture sector. The production of VSS-compliant commodities has continued to grow, reaching at least 34.5 per cent of coffee’s global prod...

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Webinar: The impact of VSIs in mining

Speakers: Laura Turley and Matthew Wenban-Smith, Associates, IISD Date: December 5, 2018 Description: Many mineral-rich developing countries rely on the mining sector as an engine for this economic development. Ensuring mining is socially and environmentally sound, and contributes to advancing th...

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Remembering Jason Potts

It is with great sadness that we announce that Jason Potts, visionary and leader in championing inclusive sustainability standards, has died. He passed away peacefully on the morning of January 31, 2018 in Montreal, surrounded by his family. “Jason was a much beloved colleague at IISD; everyone a...

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