The State of Sustainable Markets 2019

Statistics and Emerging Trends

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This fourth global report provides new insights into the evolution of certified agriculture and forestry. It shows significant growth in sustainability markets. It shows how ITC is supporting “good trade” that contributes to environmental and social sustainability for producers and consumers by teamming up once again with the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture and the International Institute for Sustainable Development to provide data about 14 major sustainability standards for bananas, cocoa, coffee, cotton, oil palm, soybeans, sugarcane, tea and forestry products. Each product also features serious sustainability challenges: child labour, water scarcity, workers’ rights, use of chemicals, etc. The report provides transparency by summarizing those challenges, and by showing which standards initiatives are gaining traction – thus helping to address major societal problems. It also helps shape decisions of policymakers, producers and businesses, working to address systemic labour and environmental challenges through certified sustainable production.




The Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and the International Trade Centre (ITC) are very grateful to the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) for its financial support of the global data collection on voluntary sustainability standards and the production of this publication. Further acknowledgements are due to all the standard-setting organizations that collaborated on the report: 4C – Common Code for the Coffee Community, Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), Bonsucro, Cotton made in Africa (CmiA), GLOBALG.A.P., Fairtrade International, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), IFOAM – Organics International, the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), ProTerra Foundation, Rainforest Alliance, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), the Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS) and UTZ.


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