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.

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Trade and investment protection agreements facilitate business enterprises’ access to markets and raw materials, and protect investor interests with enforceable rights. Although human rights are a cornerstone of international law, so far there are only voluntary guidelines to safeguard them within the activities of global enterprises. This needs to change; human rights need a mandatory commitment. This is where the “UN treaty process” comes in. It offers the chance for binding international regulation of global business.

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