Certification and Social Commitment
In order to improve the transparency of global value chains, the introduction of private standards has been impelled: Standard setting organizations, like Fairtrade, UTZ, GOTS etc. develop criteria for a sustainable production. Whether those criteria are fulfilled is usually monitored via audits, which are conducted by commercial audit companies. The audited products are than partly sold with a label. Non-governmental organizations, politics and companies are hoping to identify and stop deficiencies with the help of private standards. Those standards served unanimously the politics as an alternative to legal actions towards the implementation of entrepreneurial due diligence.
Currently, there are several hundred standards for various products, but there are also strong doubts, whether the introduction is really sufficient to stop deficiencies. SÜDWIND is therefore intensively involved in evaluating potentials and boundaries concerning the introduction of standards.