21 November 2012
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05 November 2012
Monday 12 november 2012 |Research Seminar: Master in Standardization, Social Regulation and Sustainable Development
Eco-labels and standards for sustainable development
Monday 12 november 2012 | 15h-17h Uni Mail, Room 4276
The increased focus on social and environmental issues has led to a range of product and process innovations, often accompanied by a label to inform consumers of the relevant practices. The diffusion of these labeling schemes or “ecolabels” such as FSC,
USDA Organic or FairTrade has generally been widespread, though adoption of individual labels by firms and consumers has varied widely. In this paper we examine how diffusion of such a labeling scheme depends on the stringency of its requirements, its governance practices, and the way it is portrayed in the media, using a sample of 40 labeling schemes. We combine data from three sources: opinions from 67 experts on the labels’ stringency, governance and breadth of adoption; data on the labels’ governance practices; and data on media coverage of the labels based on coding of 3043 articles in Lexis-Nexis’ major world publications. We find that accreditation of verifiers is the only governance practice that predicts the experts’ assessment of overall quality of governance; that better-governed labels are more widely adopted but that more stringent labels within our sample are not less widely adopted; that open and consensus-based standard-setting is the only governance practice that is associated with more favorable media coverage; and that more favorable media coverage does not contribute to more widespread adoption.
Seminar presented by:
Associate Professor in Operations Management
22 October 2012
CSOs Plan Input to Post-Rio and Post-2015 Sustainable Development Processes
Representatives from civil society came together on 20-21 October 2012, in New York, US, to discuss stakeholder input to the UN’s processes on governance and sustainable development following the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). The meeting was organized by Stakeholder Forum, the Green Economy Coalition (GEC), the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).
At the meeting, titled “Post-Rio to Post-2015: Planning International Stakeholder Engagement," representatives of the Major Groups and global stakeholders discussed the inclusiveness of Member States' negotiations to determine the post-2015 development agenda and create the new High Level Political Forum to replace the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD). Expressing concern that they have hit a “glass wall” now that these negotiations are taking place within the UN General Assembly (UNGA), stakeholders discussed their search for entry points to make their views and experiences heard.
World Standards Day Message
14 October 2012
Less waste, better results – Standards increase efficiency
International standards such as those from IEC, ISO and ITU are crucial for increasing efficiency. This issue has come to the forefront as global challenges like sustainability and financial uncertainty mean that organizations are challenged to achieve better results with less waste.
Quite simply, efficiency indicates the ability to achieve objectives by implementing processes to develop products or services of optimal quality with minimal waste, expense, or unnecessary effort. It helps organizations maximize profits and meet their goals, and is crucial for success in today’s challenging and competitive economic environment.
In today’s highly competitive and complex world, the issue of sustainability, viewed from an economic, environmental and societal perspective means that businesses must be more efficient across a wide range of measures and issues.
International standards are powerful tools for helping organizations capitalize their potential in the global marketplace. Developed by experts from around the world, they contain internationally harmonized best practice which can be used to measure, compare and increase efficiency and reduce waste.
Simpler, faster and better ISO standards with IT
How information technology (IT) can make the development of ISO standards "simpler, faster and better" was the subject of the first IT Forum organized by ISO, the world's largest developer of voluntary International Standards (nearly 19 000), for its worldwide membership of national standards institutes.
The three-day event (29 November-1 December 2011) attracted more than 80 participants and experts from 35 countries who discussed IT's contribution to achieving ISO’s strategic objectives. They also discussed:
- IT-related trends that raise new paradigms or opportunities for standards organizations to consider as the ISO community concentrates on its customers, products and processes
- How to understand better the IT tools and services that ISO offers, how they affect current projects and will provide improved assistance to customers,creating new standardization products and contributing to shorter development times.
2011 Human Development Report on Sustainability
The 2011 Human Development Report argues that the urgent global challenges of sustainability and equity must be addressed together – and identifies policies on the national and global level that could spur mutually reinforcing progress towards these interlinked goals. Bold action is needed on both fronts, the Report contends, if the recent human development progress for most of the world’s poor majority is to be sustained, for the benefit of future generations as well as for those living today. Past Reports have shown that living standards in most countries have been rising - and converging - for several decades now. Yet the 2011 Report projects a disturbing reversal of those trends if environmental deterioration and social inequalities continue to intensify, with the least developed countries diverging downwards from global patterns of progress by 2050.
The Report shows further how the world’s most disadvantaged people suffer the most from environmental degradation, including in their immediate personal environment, and disproportionately lack political power, making it all the harder for the world community to reach agreement on needed global policy changes.
For more information you may click here Human's Development Report Website
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