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The purposes of this paper are three-fold. First, it seeks to analyze the gender-related content of the voluntary sustainability standards (VSSs) and the responsible investment frameworks. Second, it attempts to answer the question “Do VSSs improve gender equality?” And third, it aims to explore how the responsible investment frameworks can build on the successes and failures of the VSSs to improve gender equality in agricultural investment projects. It uses the experiences of VSSs to provide guidance for responsible investment frameworks because the latter are quite new, and only scant anecdotal evidence about their impacts is available.
Lead organization:
International Institute for Sustainable Development
Study sector:
Agriculture focus:
Coffee, Tea, Cocoa, Sugarcane, Cotton
Global Coffee Platform, Fairtrade International, IFOAM, Rainforest Alliance and UTZ Certified.
Study type:
Study design & methods:
Qualitative collection and analysis methods
Study scope:
Social issues, Economic issues
Published on:
January 31, 2017
Name of lead contact:
Kathleen Sexsmith