"Founders can struggle to step down but instead I am very excited to have Richard Rogers apply his exceptional strategic ability to guide a fast-growing COSA,” says Daniele Giovannucci.
Hundreds of billions are wasted on distortionary subsidies. Yet we have solutions for market-based pathways to correct this with transparency about true prices.
In light of this week’s COP, I was reflecting on how these global summits have changed and what, if anything, we have learned in three decades. We may finally be seeing smart action rather than the good intentions of the past, and there is one aspect that is essential to that change.
The Committee on Sustainability Assessment (COSA) and the British Standards Institution (BSI) are partnering with Westrock Coffee Company on their global supplier assurance framework for responsible sourcing. “Westrock Coffee exemplifies how business, with a strong commitment and the right tools, can be a significant agent of positive change,” says COSA President Daniele Giovannucci.
A creative reframing of the SDGs offers a different, human-centered approach that better relates these concepts to youth.
The ICO has appointed COSA to develop and manage two innovative data streams that will offer transparent new insights into what farmers actually earn and their actual costs to produce.
Allen Gunn’s place in the world of human-centered technology is substantial and he has profoundly influenced how COSA applies novel technologies and configurations to “measure what matters”. We are excited to have him join as a new Board Member.
The UN is sharing “inspiring breakthroughs and success stories” related to the SDGs as Good Practices. An innovation that COSA worked on to push the sustainability learning envelope between companies, donors, and NGOs is now one of the UN DESA’s examples of SDG Good Practices, selected for its potential for replication and scale.
Often used interchangeably, responsible sourcing and sustainable sourcing share some common aspects - like traceability and knowing your farmers. But one ideally should be considered a stepping stone to the other.
Companies face challenges when it comes to their sustainability data. Not only are few of them applying the same security and privacy protection to their supplier data – especially when operating in developing countries - as they do consumer data, most may be leaving value on the table through missed opportunities.