The Trustea Code is designed to evaluate and offer certification for the social, economic, agronomic and environmental performance of Indian tea estates, smallholders and factories.
Voluntary agreements and partnerships
Green Globe’s International Standard for Sustainable Tourism V1.7 is a certification scheme that requires tourism agencies and businesses to report on their sustainability performance throughout their supply chains. It is designed to bring a competitive advantage to certified companies and encourage consumer demand for green tourism.
The standards are a collection of over 330 compliance indicators that are applied to 41 individual sustainability criteria - these can be divided into four themes:
To achieve third-party certification from the CSSD (Center for Sustainable Shale Development), energy companies embarking in fracking activities to extract shale gas must adhere to 15 initial performance standards – these are designed to protect air quality, water resources and the climate. They include:
Air & Climate Performance Standards:
The Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) is a voluntary industry-led initiative that brings together over industry partners to address sustainability in the ICT sector.
Launched in 2001 in partnership with UNEP, the Global e-Sustainability Initiative has 5 main areas of work:
Reducing Emissions from forest Degradation and Deforestation (REDD) is a policy measure for mitigating climate change caused by loss of carbon in forest ecosystems. It uses a carbon emissions-offsetting structure that places an economic value on the safeguarding of forest carbon stocks and provides an incentive for investment in sustainabiity.
At the UNFCCC conference in Poznan, Poland, negotiators reached a consensus that REDD activities should be broadened. The original two aims were to:
The International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) Partnership for Development Initiative commits ICMM member companies to improving and instigating partnerships between themselves, governments, development agencies and civil society to improve the contribution of mining to socio-economic development.
The initiative’s 6 priority areas are:
Alliance for Responsible Mining
The Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) works in partnership with mining and producer support organisations. It has three areas of work, all dedicated towards improving the environmental, social and economic sustainability of the artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) sector:
Established in 1991, the Global Forest & Trade Network (GFTN) is a partnership between different actors in the timber supply chain committed to ensuring a sustainable forest sector, including more than 300 companies, NGOs, communities and entrepeneurs.
The Ceres Coalition of investors, environmental organisations and other public interest groups states it’s mission as: ‘Integrating sustainability into capital markets for the health of the planet and people’. The coalition includes many Fortune 500 companies and is involved in improving the dialogue between multiple stakeholders through engagement and disclosure.
Responsible Care is a voluntary initiative in the chemical industry which ‘commits companies to work together to continuously improve the health, safety and environmental performance of their products and processes’.
It is managed by the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) which is a membership organisation made up of national associations. Each of the national associations are responsible for implementing the principles of Responsible Care in their countries.