Sustainability Certification Schemes in the Agricultural and Natural Resource Sectors: Outcomes for Society and the Environment, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Sustainability Certification Schemes in the Agricultural and Natural Resource Sectors

Outcomes for Society and the Environment, 1st Edition

Edited by Melissa Vogt

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This book provides a balanced critique of a range of international sustainability certification schemes across nine agricultural and natural resource industries.

Certification schemes set standards through intra-market private and multi-stakeholder mechanisms, and while third party verification is often compulsory, certification schemes are regulated voluntarily rather than legislatively. This volume examines the intricacies of certification schemes and the issues they seek to address and provides the context within which each scheme operates. While a distinction between sustainability certifications and extra-markets or intra-business codes of conducts is made, the book also demonstrates how both are often working towards similar sustainability objectives. Each chapter highlights a different sector, including animal welfare, biodiversity, biofuels, coffee, fisheries, flowers, forest management and mining, with the contributions offering interdisciplinary perspectives and utilising a wide range of methodologies. The realities, achievements and challenges faced by varying certification schemes are discussed, identifying common outcomes and findings and concluding with recommendations for future practice and research.

The book is aimed at advanced students, researchers and professionals in agribusiness, natural resource economics, sustainability assessment and corporate social responsibility.

Table of Contents

1. Sustainability Certifications: changes over time and their unique position of influence

Melissa Vogt

2. Cultural implications, flow and synergies of sustainability certifications

Melissa Vogt

3. Biodiversity outcomes associated with sustainability certifications: contextualising understanding and expectations, and allowing for ambitious intentions

Melissa Vogt and Oskar Englund

4. How does FSC certification of forest management benefit conservation of biodiversity?

Franck Trolliet, Melissa Vogt and Fritz Kleinschroth

5. Biochar and Certification

Frank G.A. Verheijen, Ana Catarina Bastos, Hans Peter Schmidt and Simon Jeffery

6. Safeguarding farm animal welfare

Harry J. Blokhuis, Isabelle Veissier, Mara Miele and Bryan Jones

7. Certifying farmed seafood – a drop in the ocean or a ‘stepping-stone’ towards increased sustainability?

Malin Jonell, Michael Tlusty, Max Troell and Patrik Rönnbäck

8. Sustainability certification of biofuels in the EU: democratically legitimate and socio-environmentally effective?

Thomas Vogelpohl and Daniela Perbandt

9. The path to credibility for the Marine Stewardship Council

Scott McIlveen, Riley Schnurr, Graeme Auld, Shannon Arnold, Keith Flett, and Megan Bailey

10. Interoperability of mineral sustainability initiatives: A case study of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) and the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM)

Renzo Mori Junior; Kathryn Sturman and Jean-Pierre Imbrogiano

11. Juggling multiple sustainability certifications in the Costa Rican coffee industry

Melissa Vogt

12. To certify or not to certify: flower production practices in Ecuador

Jeroen Vos, Pippi van Ommen and Patricio Mena-Vásconez

13. Collating Correlations, Conclusions, Recommendations and Ideas for Future Research, Evaluation and Practice

Melissa Vogt

About the Editor

Melissa Vogt has been involved with and considering outcomes associated with sustainability certifications since 2006. She has experience as a consultant to small and medium sized business in developing countries; and as an evaluator for community-based projects and programs, and for commercialized scientific projects. She has taught in higher education in Rwanda and Australia and is currently based at the University of New South Wales, Australia.

About the Series

Earthscan Studies in Natural Resource Management

Earthscan Studies in Natural Resource Management
This series includes a wide range of inter-disciplinary approaches to natural resource management, integrating perspectives from both social and natural sciences. It includes textbooks, research monographs and titles aimed at professionals, NGOs and policy-makers. Authors or editors of potential new titles should contact Hannah Ferguson, Editor (Hannah.Ferguson@tandf.co.uk).

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUS008000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Business Ethics
BUS072000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development
NAT010000
NATURE / Ecology