Results of field research on the impact of sustainability certification

There is a growing market for sustainability certification and an increasing reliance on certification to address sustainability issues in the primary production of tropical agricultural commodities such as coffee and cut flowers. This makes it increasingly important to assess the effectiveness of certification initiatives in practice.

However, there is scant literature with a specific focus on the impact of sustainability certification on working conditions generally, and even less on working conditions in developing countries in large-scale agricultural production for export.

The current report presents the results of a field study in Colombia into the cut-flower and coffee sectors. The objective of the study was to assess and compare labour conditions in relation to key International Labour Organization (ILO) labour rights on both certified and non-certified large-scale farms.

 

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