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Sustainability standards in China-Latin America trade and investment: A discussion

Publication ID: 
16544IIED
Authors: 
Emma Blackmore, Danning Li, Sara Casallas
Date: 
May 2013
Description: 

Trade and investment between China and Latin America has increased at unprecedented rates in recent years. This brings with it new challenges and opportunities for collective sustainability efforts. ~~This discussion paper summarises initial evidence on the growing trade and investment between China and Latin America in mining, forestry and agriculture, with a particular focus on Chile, Peru and Brazil. It explores the use and impact of sustainability standards, both international and national – for example, Forest Stewardship Council certification and China’s national forestry certification scheme. ~~After analysing the drivers and governance factors shaping the design and uptake of standards, it identifies several important questions for future research, in this under-researched but important topic for sustainability.~~This publication forms part of IIED’s work to identify pathways towards inclusive and responsible mining.