The United Nations Forum on Sustainability Standards (UNFSS) is a platform created to provide information and analysis on voluntary sustainability standards – VSS – (often also termed “private standards” related to occupational safety, environmental, social or animal welfare issues). The UNFSS has a particular focus on the potential value of VSS as tools for developing countries to achieve their sustainable development goals. At the same time, the UNFSS addresses the potential trade or development obstacles these standards may create, with particular emphasis on their impact on small-scale producers and less developed countries. The UNFSS aims to facilitate a dialogue for the exchange of knowledge on these issues and provide a forum for intergovernmental actors to communicate among each other and engage with key target groups (producers, traders, consumers, standard setters, certification bodies, trade diplomats, relevant NGOs and researchers) to address their information needs and influence concerned stakeholders. The UNFSS will deliver analytical and empirical work and assist – upon specific request from developing countries – with analysis of VSS in their country’s context and in implementing UNFSS recommendations.
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