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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)

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Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)

The Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) promotes the growth and use of sustainable oil palm products through what the RSPO calls “credible global standards and engagement of stakeholders”.

The RSPO is a forum for discussion of palm oil sustainability, in addition it has produced a set of standards for RSPO certified palm oil. Members wishing to sell RSPO certified palm oil must comply with the production and supply chain standards detailed below. Certification is by an independent third party auditor.

Production Standards*   

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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.

Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC)

The PEFC is a non-profit, non-governmental programme to promote sustainable forestry. Its certification scheme covers both production and trade standards. 

Production – PEFC Sustainable Forestry Management Certification

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.

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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. 

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