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Environmental, Social, and Economic Impacts of Sustainability Certification in the Agricultural Sector – The Current State of Empirical Research

Jawtusch, Julia; Oehen, Bernadette and Niggli, Urs (2011) Environmental, Social, and Economic Impacts of Sustainability Certification in the Agricultural Sector – The Current State of Empirical Research. In: Willer, Helga and Kilcher, Lukas (Eds.) The World of Organic Agriculture - Statistics and Emerging Trends 2011. FiBL, IFOAM, Frick and Bonn, pp. 88-91.

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Various stakeholders involved with sustainability certification are interested in knowing whether certification really fulfills its promises. Business managers who have to determine what type of products to source, consumers who are concerned about making appropriate buying decisions for themselves and their families, producers who think about obtaining certification, and sustainability standard initiatives that themselves need arguments to support their certification programs.
A recent study conducted by FiBL (Niggli et al 2011) reviewed the current state of empirical research on environmental, social, and economic impacts of sustainability certification in the agricultural sector. One result of the study was that a disproportionate number of research papers are on the impacts of organic standards in comparison to the other labels under investigation (Fairtrade, Sustainable Agriculture Standard certified by the Rainforest Alliance, UTZ Certified, Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, and Roundtable on Responsible
Soy).


EPrint Type:Book chapter
Keywords:Sozioökonomie, Zertifizierung, Effiziente Zertifizierungssysteme, Nachhaltigkeit, Sustainability, Labelling, Kennzeichnung
Subjects: Values, standards and certification
Research affiliation: Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Socio-Economics
International Organizations > International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements IFOAM
ISBN:978-3-03736-192-4
Related Links:http://orgprints.org/19310/
Deposited By: Oehen, Dipl. bot. Bernadette
ID Code:24369
Deposited On:17 Oct 2013 09:07
Last Modified:17 Oct 2013 09:07
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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