PUBLISHED 2012-09-03

COSA launches new results at RIO +20 side event

After six years of development and significant global field testing the Committee on Sustainability Assessment (COSA) launched its first global data and analysis on June 16th in Rio de Janeiro.
Every month, billions of dollars of products are traded with certifications that are considered as proxies for being sustainable. As the market value and importance of these voluntary sustainability standards grows, it is increasingly important to ensure that the environment and those most in need, namely the rural poor across the developing world, are positively impacted by the market transition towards “sustainability".

The meeting in Brazil gave a summary overview of the finding of new global-scale impact research on sustainability and private voluntary standards. It also gave insights into what some of the more innovative policy makers, foundations, and private companies are doing to ensure that the rural poor can benefit from the opportunity presented by growing markets for sustainable products.

New ways to use COSA's Innovative Participatory Indicators in farming, supply chains, projects, or policy-making were also presented and in addition COSA released global data collected from 8 countries along the COSA indicators.

COSA is in part funded by the Entwined program.

Read more about COSA on their website

Updated: 2012-09-03