Scaling up Voluntary Sustainability Standards through Sustainable Public Procurement and Trade Policy

Type of document: Scientific, technical, research

This 4th Flagship Report of the United Nations Forum on Sustainability Standards (UNFSS) aims to provide an understanding of the role of government as a vehicle to drive the adoption of VSS. The effectiveness of VSS to contribute to sustainable development partly depends on their degree of adoption by economic operators. In this respect, governments can play a significant role through public procurement and trade policy.

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This report seeks to answer the following key questions: • What are the determinants of VSS adoption at country level? • How can public procurement and trade policy serve to increase VSS uptake, and how do they contribute to the effectiveness of VSS? • What are the key considerations and implications of VSS integration into SPP and trade policy?