This 2016 report aims at uncovering factors making environmental and social standards producer-friendly. It shows how the institutional design of standards and their governance structure can make standards more accessible to producers through cost sharing, assistance and transparency, and how country-level characteristics affect the number of standards available. The findings presented in the report are based on the first econometric assessment of 181 VSS sourced from ITC’s Standards Map database.

Lead organization:
Study sector:
Agriculture, Forestry, Seafood, Mining
Study type:
Context or baseline assessment
Study design & methods:
Quantitative collection and analysis methods
Study scope:
Social issues, Environmental issues, Economic issues
Provide publication date of study if complete.
September 22, 2016
Name of lead contact:
Olga Solleder