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Emerging Economies and Standards Systems – Partners in Sustainability?
by Jason LaChappelle, ISEAL Policy Team.
05 July 2011
ISEAL’s 2011 Conference kicked off with a stirring panel discussion about a cornerstone of the Scaling Up Strategy – engagement with emerging economies. The plenary brought together expert perspectives from Brazil, India and China, countries which are fast becoming critical engines in global supply chains.
These burgeoning economic powerhouses are following similar patterns of accelerated natural resource production and product manufacturing. They are also undergoing increased consumptive demands from an expanding middle class and a growing contribution to global environmental problems such as climate change.
While their interest in using voluntary standards to balance the multiple objectives of sustainable development is blossoming, this is relatively new and unfamiliar terrain for both standards organisations and emerging economies.