This report assesses the Caribbean Community’s (CARICOM) agriculture and aquaculture export potential to the European Union through the utilization of Voluntary Sustainability Standards (VSS). The United Nations Forum on Sustainability Standards (UNFSS) describes VSS as “specifying requirements that producers, traders, manufacturers, retailers or service providers may be asked to meet, relating to a wide range of sustainability metrics, including respect for basic human rights, worker health and safety, the environmental impacts of production, community relations, land use planning and others”. VSS are expected to enhance the export potentials from developing countries to developed ones, and at the same time contribute to sustainable development by safeguarding public health and safety, and ensuring consumer, environment, and social protection, as well as contributing to economic development with potential price premia.

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