Sustainability Standards: The road for People’s Welfare

People are the key point in sustainable development. Sustainability principles should ensure that present needs are addressed but they should not compromise future generations to achieve their own needs. These are the goals of sustainability.

Organisator Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation

ma 29 september 2014 tot vr 10 oktober 2014

Governance mechanisms to promote business in Community Development

Challenges in social aspects

Many challenges in developing economies regarding social sustainability principles are becoming more and more important in today’s world. Child labour, workers’ rights, are the main topics that come up to our mind when talking of social issues, but other challenges like land and cultural rights, migrant workers and the way producers are organized in their communities are important components on international sustainable trade, community welfare, and a way to promote and maintain communities in agro production.

Not addressing this issue causes negative impact on producers production, unbalanced trade, damages relations between different supply chain members including unmatched consumers’ expectations, branding damage and more important people welfare, self-establishment and improvement.

When the needs of a community are addressed, and there is an identification of the measures to solve social problems, there is a way to maintain agricultural commodities, diversify agro-production,  establish long term relations along the supply chain, increase quality and quantity of products in a sustainable way, improve branding and address consumers’ expectations. The role must be done by all as a way of reducing poverty.

This two-week course empowers you to incorporate in your organization social aspects and by addressing people’s needs and promote trading and relations along the supply chain. You will get a unique overview of all relevant aspects; from legislation and international conventions, trade and financial aspects, sustainable standards and self-declarations, risk assessment and communications, M&E, to roles and interest of various stakeholders and insight in the capacities needed to set up an effective system. Working with colleagues from different countries around the world you will learn practical, ready to apply concepts, tailored to the needs of developing and emerging economies.

Course objectives

Upon completion you will be able to:   

  • Understand the challenges related social aspects
  • Understand Legislation and international conventions requirements
  • Learn about how social aspects can influence trading issues(Supply chains, trade, CSR)
  • Understand and hear producers perspectives and needs
  • Learn about the Social Sustainable Standard requirements
  • Learn and be aware of social aspects in Risk analyses, communication and brand issues
  • Importance of M&E
  • Learn about possible solutions, programs and measures

Target audience

We welcome participants belonging to NGO’s, producers organizations, governments, traders, producers, farmers, international organizations, private sector, civil society, universities, research, business associations or any professionals working in this domain Knowledge and work experience with sustainability topics are preferential to add value for this course. Proficiency in English is required.