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Sustainability Trends

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    Sustainability Trends responds to the general lack of harmonized and verified information on the evolution of the global market share of certified/verified products. Information on annual market trends and aggregated statistics in several commodity groups is presented using interactive charts and graphs. Sustainability Trends offers global production-related data by surveyed commodity or standards initiatives.

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    Market data on voluntary standards at your fingertips

    Sustainability Trends provides access to information on the evolving market of the forestry sector and eight sustainably produced agricultural commodities – bananas, cocoa, coffee, cotton, palm oil, soybeans, sugarcane and tea.

    Sustainability Trends is the only online portal that offers market information about 14 major sustainability standards in a comprehensive manner.

    Open and accessible data on market trends

    Information has been collected by three implementing partners: Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), International Institute of Sustainable Development (IISD) and ITC. The work is supported by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO).

    Data has been collected in a collaborative manner with each of the 14 standards initiatives in a harmonized methodology against a set of eight indicators that focus on:

    • Crop production;
    • Production sold under a voluntary sustainability standard (VSS) label;
    • Area cultivated;
    • Numbers of producers and other operator types.

    In the future, the three partners aim to expand the set of indicators against which information is being collected, and plan to broaden the scope of the products, sectors and sustainability standards.

    Key features

    • Information presented in interactive charts and graphs;
    • Quality data collected in a harmonized way, provided by standards initiatives;
    • Free access, as part of ITC's global public goods policy.

    Annual State of Sustainable Markets publication

    Sustainability Trends data is also presented in the annual State of Sustainable Markets publication, available in the online ITC publications library (www.intracen.org/itc/publications).

    The publication offers a structured way to formalize the reporting process with a view to making data on sustainable markets more accessible to all users.

    Section one of the publication gives an overview of the voluntary sustainability standards surveyed with a short description and key data. Section two includes the production-related data for key global VSS across each of the nine commodities.

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    Sustainability Trends helps:

    • SME producers and exporters to be aware of market opportunities and potential;
    • Traders, buyers and retailers to better understand the scale of global production;
    • Policymakers and analysts, NGOs and donors to make better decisions about policy interventions and programme design.

    Sustainability Trends partner

    The Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), the International Institute of Sustainable Development (IISD) and the International Trade Centre (ITC). The project is supported by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO).

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