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Sustainability Standards and Certification

AT KIT Royal Tropical Institute, we focus on improving the contribution of standards and certification to promoting sustainable livelihoods, human rights and gender equality in a broad variety of sectors, including agriculture, fishing and mining.

Related Projects

  • Assessing the Best Aquaculture Practices Certification

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    KIT Royal Tropical Institute conducted an assessment of the ‘Best Aquaculture Practices’ (BAP) certification of the Global Aquaculture Alliance. The assessment aimed to better understand how BAP social and labour standards are applied in practice and to determine how they impact practices among seafood producers, processors and buyers. Ensuring aquaculture production is environmentally and socially […]

  • Gender Equality and Women’s Rights in Mining

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    Since 2016, KIT Royal Tropical Institute has supported the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) to develop a global leadership role to facilitate experience sharing and policy influencing on gender equality integration in the mining sector. MFA leads the Women’s Rights and Mining (WRM) multi-stakeholder initiative that aims to establish a better understanding of gender […]

  • Lindt & Sprüngli Farming Program: Impact Evaluation Ghana

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    Executive Summary This report presents the findings of an impact evaluation of the Lindt & Sprüngli (L&S) Farming Program in Ghana carried out by KIT Royal Tropical Institute in 2019. Based on quantitative and qualitative methods, the evaluation covered a variety of topics in line with the program’s Theory of Change. To track change over […]

  • Small Producer Organization (SPO) Development, Strengthening and Resilience

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    Research on Small Producer Organization (SPO) development, strengthening and resilience was commissioned by Fairtrade International to the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) in the Netherlands. The study is a qualitative-led mixed-method six country study (Côte d’Ivoire, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico and Peru). The objective of the research was to provide insights into processes of development and […]

  • A Positive Business Case for Sustainable Spices

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    Together with the Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH), KIT conducted research into the costs and benefits of making spice trade more sustainable. Looking at the case of Vietnamese black pepper, we were able to recommend important aspects of trade to invest in, for instance in improving agricultural systems and involving the food industry in sustainable trade. Interventions for […]

Our Services & Expertise

Sustainability standards and certification play an important role in protecting the environment, safeguarding workers’ rights and promoting decent livelihoods for producers. But compliance can be costly, and many standards do not achieve the positive impacts they expect. Through tailored research, evaluation and advisory services, we help to make sense of how standards and certification can contribute to their intended outcomes.

We support private sector organisations, development partners and public or private decision makers by:

Our Expertise

Our expertise focuses on the following issues:

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