Natural Resource Management in Transition

Voluntary Standard Systems

A Contribution to Sustainable Development

Editors: Schmitz-Hoffmann, C., Schmidt, M., Hansmann, B., Palekhov, D. (Eds.)

  • Comprehensive coverage on the subject of voluntary sustainability standard systems
  • Complete overview of voluntary sustainability standard systems: from their function and strategic application, to the future outlook for their development
  • International scope, including chapters prepared by researchers and practitioners from Germany, the USA, Canada, the UK, China, Ukraine, Cameroon, etc
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Emerging to the forefront of sustainable production and consumption are a promising and rapidly evolving concept known as Voluntary Standard Systems (VSS). They encompass the three pillars of sustainability – social, environmental and economic aspects and consequently they can be considered as a tool, which makes sustainable development visible. Currently, they are becoming a significant element in international trade and in the promotion of sustainable development strategies, especially in the context of globalised markets and supply chains.

This volume provides a comprehensive overview of the current VSS concepts: from their nature and functioning, to the future outlook for their development. It places VSS in the broader context of global development issues and challenges, including development policy and international sustainability commitments, progress towards achieving ‘green economy’ and meeting climate protection targets. The volume contains also a representative selection of case studies which demonstrate their wide range of application in different sectors of the economy.

Table of contents (28 chapters)

  • Introduction to Voluntary Sustainability Standard Systems

    Komives, Kristin (et al.)

    Pages 3-19

  • Standards for Standards: The Foundations for Voluntary Standards for Sustainability

    Gibson, Robert B.

    Pages 21-38

  • Conceptual and Practical Aspects of Indicators for Measuring Sustainability of Certified Products and Producers

    Matallana-Tost, Oscar David (et al.)

    Pages 39-47

  • Evolution of VSS: From Niche to Mainstream

    Jeria, David Ovando (et al.)

    Pages 49-57

  • VSS and Legal Standards: Competition or an Added Value?

    Albrecht, Eike

    Pages 61-75

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Voluntary Standard Systems
Book Subtitle
A Contribution to Sustainable Development
Editors
  • Carsten Schmitz-Hoffmann
  • Michael Schmidt
  • Berthold Hansmann
  • Dmitry Palekhov
Series Title
Natural Resource Management in Transition
Series Volume
1
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-35716-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-35716-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-35715-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-662-51254-8
Series ISSN
2198-9702
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 459
Number of Illustrations and Tables
40 b/w illustrations
Topics