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June 2018: Are CEOs seeing sustainability goals for 2020 with 20/20 vision?
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Will 2020 sustainability claims become sources of public embarrassment for corporate leaders?

March 2018: What sustainable development can learn from social movements
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What is the tinder that can spark widespread social movements that shift power from the few to the many?

June 2017:
Is Group Genius Part of your Strategy?
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When the wheel was first created in Mesopotamia some 5,500 years ago, did anyone imagine how often others would claim to have re-invented the concept? In development, we face a […]

March 2017:
The Dis-connect of Smallholder Farmers
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For many of us, it was a startling claim. We know that there are as many as 500 million smallholder farms supporting about 2.5 billion people. We also know that, […]

Tape Measures
November 2016:
Measuring Performance
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Sustainability is defined and achieved in many ways. For two decades, standards and certifications have been the backbone of the discussion. There is also an increasing body of evidence, both […]

Annual Letter 2016:
A Turning Point for Sustainability
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2015 marked a defining moment for sustainable agriculture with the signing of the Sustainable Development Goals and a growing number of public-private partnerships that aim to help realize them. As countries, […]

April 2016:
Resilience
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As the field of sustainability matures and we better understand which activities are actually making the most impact, the conversation is starting to take a new turn.  I wanted to […]

December 2015:
Learning Across Crops: What Coffee Can Learn from Cotton
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Did you know that cotton uses more insecticides than any other commodity? Or that there are over 100 million individual cotton farmers in 75 countries? In light of recent efforts […]

September 2015:
Realizing the SDGs – One Measurement at a Time
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As you read this, a historic moment is underway as nearly two hundred heads of state are gathered in New York for the 70th General Assembly of the United Nations. […]

December 2014:
Group Genius
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The partnerships that comprise COSA are a timely example of a shifting trend. Our culture of collaboration bridges diverse points of view to ignite dialogue and cooperation to address such […]

October 2014:
What Sustainability Leaders Say …
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Tough questions are timely given a current trend that is perplexing to many. Just as there was a cyclical move to standards-oriented solutions that buoyed certifications in the first decade […]

May 2014:
COSA at the Global Sustainability Standards Conference
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As part of the 2014 Global Sustainability Standards Conference (May 20-21), ISEAL and COSA convened a pre-conference discussion on new trends and recent findings in measuring sustainability impacts. In addition […]

March 2014:
Launch of COSA Measuring Sustainability Report
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The COSA Measuring Sustainability Report is a result of our seven year collaboration with many organisations and experts to evolve a common set of practical indicators and metrics to improve […]

June 2013:
COSA addresses UN General Assembly plenary gathering at inaugural workshop
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Participants explored the science and technology options for poverty eradication and sustainable development, with a focus on the cases of agriculture and energy. COSA President Daniele Giovannucci stressed the importance […]

March 2013:
Annual Science Meetings in Senegal
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It was the first such event to take place in Africa and featured a select group of experts and researchers gathered to further COSA’s spirit of mutual learning. Scientists reviewed […]

June 2012:
COSA unwraps at Rio
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The Committee on Sustainability Assessment (COSA), using state-of-the-art methods in a number of countries, shared an overview of the sometimes surprising results being collected in a number of countries. The […]

December 2011:
Simple new COSA sustainability indicators for companies
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As the concept of a triple bottom line reaches boardrooms in meaningful ways, the report finds that the available methods for measuring it are limited. As COSA gathers experience and […]