Mitigating climate change: leveraging the potential of voluntary standards in the agriculture and forestry sectors

Voluntary sustainability standards are becoming increasingly popular tools for implementing and enforcing the adoption of sustainable practices in international supply chains. But voluntary standards come in many shapes and sizes, with varying objectives. This policy brief provides a high-level overview of some of the key characteristics of three major types of voluntary standards and their potential relevance to mitigating climate change in the agriculture and forestry sectors.