The State of Sustainability Initiatives Review 2014: Standards and the Green Economy


International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
Jason Potts
Matthew Lynch
Ann Wilkings
Gabriel Huppé
Maxine Cunningham
Vivek Voora
1 January 2014

This report describes how (1) voluntary sustainability standards have grown rapidly in number and importance in global commodity markets over the past decade and (2) the growth is occurring in parallel with growing recognition of the importance of economic drivers in implementing sustainable development. The report highlights systems and market trends across 16 important standards initiatives operating across 10 key commodity sectors.