Markets working to support sustainable development


Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC)

FSC Certified products are verified from the forest of origin through the supply chain. Products are from responsibly harvested and verified sources, and certification is designed to link sustainable production with concerned consumers.

Principles and Criteria (Version 5, 2012)


ISO 14001: 2004

ISO 14001 is a “generic management system standard” that has a set of requirements for implementing an environmental management system (EMS).

It can be applied to any organisation, whatever its product or service, in any sector of activity, and whether it is a business, public administration or government department.

The EMS should enable an organisation to develop and implement a policy and objective that takes into account legal requirements, specific requirements of the organisation, and environmental aspects.

UTZ Certified Good Inside

UTZ Certified support sustainable agricultural supply chains through their code of conduct and certification.Primarily for coffee, however UTZ certification can also be found for cocoa and tea, and UTZ Certified is responsible for managing traceability of RSPO certified palm oil.

Producers of UTZ Certified coffee are rewarded with a 'premium' that is negotiated between buyer and seller. UTZ does not set the premium, nor involve itself in this negotiation, however it does provide producers with aggregated market information on the average premiums paid and volumes sold in country.


Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Certification

In adhering to the sustainability standards developed by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC),  wild-capture fisheries from around the world can be recognised for specific management practices by the MSC label applied to the produce of these fisheries. In this, consumers are granted the choice between certified and non-certified fish products.



Fairtrade is a tool for development that ensures disadvantaged farmers and workers in developing countries get a better deal through the use of the international FAIRTRADE Mark. By complying with standards set by the Fairtrade Labelling Organisation (FLO) producers receive a guaranteed minimum price as well as the Fairtrade premium.

Producer Standards


Micro-finance - Kiva

Kiva is a non-profit organisation that uses lending to alleviate poverty around the world. 

Using the internet, Kiva allows individuals to loan as little as $25 to people who then use it to build opportunities for themselves. Kiva then distributes the money to the borrowers through a global network of field partners. 


Seed Capital Assistance Facility (SCAF)

SCAF was launched in 2008 by the United Nations Environment Fund (UNEP), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF). It is an initiative designed to stimulate investment in sustainable energy by facilitating early-stage funding in clean energy enterprises. In doing so, it helps sustainable energy entrepreneurs and investors to overcome the challenges caused by high transaction costs and insufficient returns.

There are two types of cost-sharing support offered:



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