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Publication Date Monday, March 19, 2018

We know from an AidEnvironment review published last year that upstream and downstream businesses benefit in many different ways from working with sustainability standards, for example, 98% of studies reviewed show improvements in sales and marketing. And, as the use of sustainability standards becomes more established, more business benefits materialise, which improves the financial return on investment.

A key characteristic of sustainability standards is defining and helping to improve production practices across sectors to deliver impacts on the ground. Most research about standards focuses on the final sustainability outcomes and impacts. Less is known about the step before that: the effectiveness of standards in driving practice adoption.