Global Compact International Yearbook 2015

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The Global Compact International Yearbook is with more than 400,000 readers one of the worlds leading CSR publications. In the new edition Leonardo DiCaprio speaks about business and sustainability. Declares DiCaprio: “We need to change our thinking and our sense of urgency .” Leonardo DiCaprio may be one of the world’s top movie stars, but he would rather be defined and respected more for his work as a committed environmentalist. Over the years, he has personally funded as well as helped to raise tens of millions of dollars for a variety of green-related causes. He believes that his greatest legacy will be the progress he has helped make toward safeguarding the planet against the ravages of global warming, pollution, and species protection. Other issues are:

The state of CSR and 15th anniversary of the UN initiative
Private Investment and Sustainable Development
Voluntary Sustainability Standards
Münster/New York 2015: 172 pages, paperback
Publishing houses: macondo publishing/UN Publications
Subscription (via UN Publications only): 30.00 USD (regular) 15.00 USD (reduced)
ISBN13: 978-3-9813540-9-6 / ISSN-Print: 2365-3396 / ISSN-Internet: 2365-340x

VSS

AN Introduction to

Voluntary

Sustainability

Standards

Private, voluntary sustainability standards are an

innovative, market-based approach to promoting

sustainable production and business practices.

Adoption of these sustainability standards is intended

to be voluntary: The standards are not created, run, or

required by governments or government regulation.

Instead, the system for voluntary sustainability

standards are nongovernment initiatives that seek to

drive sustainable production and consumption by

creating a market demand for sustainable products, and

a supply to meet that demand. They help buyers (both

consumers and businesses) identify sustainably-produced

products, and they guide producers, forest managers,

mine and tourism operators, and factory owners and

others in their choice of sustainable practices.

By Kristin Komives and Amy Jackson

Voluntary sustainability standards have become important

tools for moving production in some sectors toward sustainability.

Some of the best known sustainability standards –

for example Fairtrade International, the Forest Stewardship

Council (FSC), and the Marine Stewardship Council – are now

well-known brands in many countries, and consumers rely

on associated “eco-labels” to inform their buying decisions.

Attention by businesses to sustainable procurement has grown,

increasing both the supply and demand for products produced

in accordance with sustainability standards. A 2010 study of the

market presence of voluntary sustainability standards found

that, as of 2009, 18 percent of globally managed forests were

certified to the FSC or PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement

of Forest Certification Schemes) standards, 17 percent of the

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Global Compact International Yearbook 2015

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