A steering committee organized a weeklong public workshop in January 2009 aimed at understanding the situation of those making key decisions to purchase and produce certified goods and services, and to clarify the scope and limitations of the scientific knowledge that might contribute to the economic success of certified products. The workshop began with a ground-clearing discussion of certification practices and panel discussions including NGOs active in certification and advocacy, scholars of the field, and people from business with substantial experience with certification and its corporate and public politics. The workshop involved presentations and discussions with invited experts from academia, business, government, and NGO sectors.
Certification of Sustainable Products and Services: A Workshop
Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center
100 Academy Dr.
January 18-22, 2009
Workshop on Certification of Sustainable Products and Services (PDF 27KB)
Participants List (PDF 17KB)
Certification's Growth, Opportunities, and Limitations
Sustainable Businesses in the Global Era (PDF 518 KB)
Ben Cashore, Yale University
Obstacles, Impacts, and Unintended Consequences
Are Ethical and Fair Trade Schemes Working for Poor Producers, or do we need a New 'Good for Development' Label? (PDF 331 KB)
Jodie Keane, Overseas Development Institute
Supply Chains and Lifecycle Analyses
Supply Chains and Lifecycle Analysis (PDF 28 KB)
Richard Jackson, University of California, Los Angeles
Committee Membership Information
The committee listed below was established by the U.S. National Academies. The project's steering committee reviews all proposals and oversees the organization of the workshops.
- Leslie Carothers (Co-Chair)
President, Environmental Law Institute
- Harold Schmitz (Co-Chair)
Chief Science Officer, Mars Inc.
- William C. Clark
Harvey Brooks Professor of International Science, Public Policy and Human Development, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
- Richard J. Jackson
Professor, University of California, Berkeley
- Pamela A. Matson
Naramore Dean of the School of Earth Sciences, Goldman Professor of Environmental Science, Stanford University
- Derek Vollmer, Associate Program Officer, Policy and Global Affairs (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Kathleen McAllister, Research Associate, Policy and Global Affairs (email@example.com)
Certification of Sustainable Products and Services is supported by the David and Lucille Packard Foundation.