Monday, January 19, 2009

9:00 am

General welcome and introductions

[Harold Schmitz and Leslie Carothers]

9:30 am

Presentation on Certification’s growth, opportunities, and limitations

Ben Cashore, Yale University

10:00 am

Questions and discussion

10:30 am

Break

11:00 am

Plenary discussion: Certification’s Place in the Toolbelt

[Leslie Carothers]

The use of product certification and labeling is growing as an alternative or supplement to state regulation or other voluntary approaches to achieve sustainability. Are there certain sectors, or situations, in which certification might be the most desirable approach? How does certification help or hinder complementary approaches to reducing adverse social and environmental impacts? Lead discussants:

  • Peter Vandergeest, York University

  • Bob Stephens, Cal/EPA (retired)

12:30 pm

Lunch

1:30 pm

Plenary discussion: Surveying the Landscape of Certification Schemes

[Pam Matson]

The success of some certification schemes is contributing to a proliferation of claims, both in new sectors and as competitors to existing frameworks. How are these standards typically developed and implemented? What share of the market do certified products represent? Are there sectors which have been slow to adopt standards? Lead discussants:

  • Tensie Whelan, Rainforest Alliance

  • Ruth Norris, Resources Legacy Fund

  • Patrick Mallet, ISEAL Alliance

3:00 pm

Break



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