The State of Sustainable Markets 2018

Statistics and Emerging Trends

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The report shows significant growth in sustainability markets. The data is extensive and reliable. It shows how ITC is supporting “good trade” that contributes to environmental and social sustainability for producers and consumers. Each product (bananas, cotton, etc.) also features serious sustainability challenges: child labour, water scarcity, workers’ rights, use of chemicals, etc. Thus, this report is potentially of interest to journalists. It provides transparency by summarizing those challenges, and by showing which standards initiatives are gaining traction – thus helping to address major societal problems.



Getting to know standard-setters

Since April 2016, the 4C Code (Common Code for the Coffee Community) and its corresponding verification scheme have been operated by Coffee Assurance Services (CAS), formerly a wholly owned subsidiary of the Global Coffee Platform (GCP). An independent advisory board was appointed in late 2016 to oversee the transformation of CAS into a completely independent stand-alone entity, and supported a number of key developments during the transitional years of 2016 and 2017. Among other things, this involved the formation of a new team, a move to new offices in Bonn, and the sale of the 4C Code of Conduct and CAS to Meo Carbon Solutions, which was completed on 1 January 2018.


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