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ISEAL full members 4C, Bonsucro, Fairtrade International, RSB, SAN, and UTZ have committed to the reduction of the use of highly hazardous pesticides. ISEAL full members 4C, Bonsucro, Fairtrade International, RSB, SAN/RA, and UTZ have committed to the reduction of the use of highly hazardous pesticides. These organisations have agreed to include the active ingredients found in the Rotterdam Convention, Stockholm Convention and Montreal Protocol to their banned pesticides lists in their revised standards. This collaborative approach is intended to support broader efforts to remove these pesticides from circulation. These 3 conventions include highly hazardous substances categorized as Persistent Organic Pollutants, which accumulate along the food chain and can move long distances in the atmosphere causing huge environmental pollution; those of the Prior Informed Concent (PIC) which are proven to cause harmful effects on human health and the environment; and Methyl Bromide which heavily contribute to ozone depletion. Each organisation is establishing its own approach to excluding these pesticide active ingredients from their systems, and to implement the respective changes in line with the objectives of the standard. You can read a letter outling these commitments below. AttachmentSize ISEAL _members_Pesticides_commitments_letter.pdf229.02 KB
Shocking levels of food waste are stunting not only nutritional efforts, but also the fight against climate change.
More than 150 company, non-profit and government stakeholders will come together in São Paulo on 23 September for ISEAL’s first major event focused on the trends and opportunities for sustainability standards in emerging markets. In partnership with the UK and Swiss governments, along with its members in Brazil, ISEAL Alliance will be hosting a Global Sustainability Standards Symposium in São Paulo on 23 September. The event will focus on impacts and innovations in emerging markets and primarily be attended by businesses, but also include leaders and experts from NGOs, ISEAL members, local and national standard-setting organisations, government representatives and other stakeholders. The invitation-only event is being held at the headquarters of the Federation of Industries of the State of São Paulo, FIESP. There will also be a pre-symposium workshop of ISEAL’s popular Sustainability Standards Essentials for Brazilian stakeholders. Both the event and the workshop will be held in both English and Portuguese. The programme for the event features a range of expert speakers including leadership from WWF, GRI, Imaflora, Imazon, GoodWeave, Marfrig, Proforest, and the governments of Switzerland, the UK and Brazil. The opening address by Dr. Alan Knight, Corporate Responsibility General Manager for ArcelorMittal (the multinational steel manufacturing company) will focus on building sustainable and transparent supply chains. Dr. Knight has more than 25 years working in sustainable development for companies and prior to his post with ArcelorMittal has worked for Virgin Group, SABMiller, Kingfisher and B
Caribbean nation is the latest to sign up to the NGO\'s Ten Island Challenge
Are companies actually starting to base decisions on natural capital? From Coca-Cola to China, this report tracks the signs of change.
Close co-ordination between agencies is needed to safely manage PCBs (Polychlorinated Biphenyls) in Viet Nam, according to officials yesterday at a meeting in Ha Noi.
Sustainable Agriculture Network\'s standard revision process enters its final stage. The revision process for the SAN Sustainable Agriculture Standard has entered its final stage. The third and last round of public consultation will begin on March 2.The process that started in 2012 intends to create a new SAN standard updated with the last scientific and technical knowledge in ecosystem conservation, productivity, pesticide management, and labor welfare.SAN has listened to the opinions of more than 1.000 people from 50 countries and intends on publishing a strengthened standard in the last trimester of 2015 that will form a new basis for its growing agriculture and cattle certification program which is currently functioning in more than 40 countries.The third round of public consultation that will end on April 30 will be focusing on obtaining inputs from specialized key stakeholders of the key SAN working areas like biodiversity and natural resource conservation, increased productivity and profitability, and improvement of the livelihoods of the producers and their families.The SAN secretariat will be conducting meetings and web interviews with some key organizations, companies and producers. Additionally, a survey will be sent to all stakeholders to evaluate the key changes of the most recent standard draft and a virtual consultation center will be online offering information that will clarify some of the doubts around the revision process and contents of the new Sustainable Agriculture Standard.To learn more, visit SAN\'s website.
AVON — In preparation for the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, businesses in the Vail Valley have positioned themselves as not only a world-class tourism destination, but a destination committed to its sustainability.