Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Development cooperation aims to help resolve crises and conflicts in a peaceful manner. It aims to help ensure that scarce resources are more equitably shared, and that our environment is preserved for coming generations. And it aims to help reduce global poverty.
In order to achieve these goals, development policy must target different levels. And of course we cannot lose sight of the fact that foreign policy, trade policy, security policy and development policy are today very closely linked. This makes the mandate of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) wide and varied.
State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO)
SECO is Switzerland's federal government's centre of expertise for all core issues relating to economic policy. Its aim is to ensure sustainable economic growth by putting in place the necessary regulatory and economic policy conditions.
SECO has two main objectives: to support the integration of partner countries into the global economy, and to promote their sustainable economic growth, thus contributing to poverty reduction. In order to do this, SECO intervenes principally to promote stable economic framework conditions, to strengthen competitiveness and to support trade diversification, to mobilise Swiss and foreign investment and to improve the basic infrastructure. Particular attention is paid to questions concerning economic governance, the climate, energy and the environmental issues
European Commission - Directorate General Trade directorate
The Commission is divided into several departments and services. The departments are known as Directorates-General (DGs).
The Directorate General for Trade of the European Commission is in charge of implementing the common trade policy of the European Union. It helps through the EU's trade policy to secure prosperity, solidarity and security in Europe and around the globe. It supports the EU's Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht and the whole of the European Commission in shaping a trade environment that is good for people and for business.
They are committed to helping world trade and development, thereby boosting competitiveness, jobs and growth in the process.
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
UNCTAD's Trade and Environment branch assesses the trade and development impact of environmental requirements and relevant multilateral agreements and provides capacity-building activities to help developing countries participate in and derive benefits from international negotiations on these matters.
United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
UNIDO's Trade Capacity Building branch services are grouped in three clusters:
Competitiveness analysis and trade-related policiesQuality management and enterprise upgradingStandards, metrology, testing and conformity
As part of its third cluster, UNIDO has developed a comprehensive programme to help developing countries and economies in transition to overcome the shortcomings of their standards and conformity infrastructure
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
The adoption of more sustainable practices in agricultural production and trade is a primary concern for FAO. Voluntary standards and certification systems may benefit farmers and farm workers, as they can potentially lead to increased return on their labour, better working conditions and longer term environmental improvement. They may offer small farmers an opportunity to stay in business, through the support of consumers who are willing to pay a price premium. These initiatives may also benefit the local communities surrounding the farms and the environment. When they lead to local development through higher incomes, job creation and capacity building, they benefit society as a whole.
Deutschen Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
The services delivered by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH draw on a wealth of regional and technical competence and tried and tested management expertise.
Since 1 January 2011, GIZ has brought together under one roof the capacities and long-standing experience of three organisations: the Deutscher Entwicklungsdienst (DED) gGmbH (German Development Service), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH (German technical cooperation) and Inwent – Capacity Building International, Germany. As a federal enterprise, GIZ supports the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development.
The ISEAL Alliance is the global association for social and environmental standards. Working with established and emerging voluntary standard systems ISEAL develops guidance and helps strengthen the effectiveness and impact of these standards. We also work with companies, non-profits and governments to support their referencing and use of voluntary standards.
ISEAL members are leaders in their fields, committed to creating solid and credible standard systems that give business, governments and consumers the ability to choose goods and services that have been ethically sourced but most of all help the environment and guarantee producers a decent living.
International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) - Committee on Sustainability Assessment (COSA)
COSA is managed and implemented by the SCI with the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) with the partnership of the Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Ensenanza (CATIE), Centre de Cooperation Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Developpement (CIRAD), Centro de Estudios Regionales, Cafeteros y Empresariales (CRECE), and INCAE's - Centro de Inteligencia sobre los Mercados Sostenibles (CIMS).
BSD is an international group of locally active consultancy firms. BSD focuses on innovative solutions to manage challenges and opportunities linked to sustainable development. They develop innovative tools and work with best practice to deliver long term value to their clients.
Large local and multinational companies benefit from their services as well as small and medium sized enterprises, development agencies, NGOs, social entrepreneurs, and scientific and educational bodies.
Leading Standards GmbH
Big Room - Eco-label Index
Ecolabel Index helps people use ecolabels and educates consumers about their value.
We started this site because the increasing number and differing quality of ecolabels around the world was creating confusion amongst business and consumers. At the same time demand for ecolabels was increasing along with their use in government, university and business purchasing strategies. We believe that markets need trustworthy and transparent information in order to grow.
Ecolabel Index is the global provider of that information for the ecolabel market. You can learn more about Ecolabel Index at:www.EcolabelIndex.com.
Ekobai.com is the leading online B2B business directory listing responsible and sustainable suppliers. Ekobai members have achieved third-party audited certification to standards such as FSC, SFI, Fairtrade, BRC, ISO 14001, and many others. Ekobai database is used by leading buyers in the retail, wholesale, manufacturing and service sectors to find environmentally and socially responsible suppliers from around the world. All information on ekobai.com is free and freely available to all.
Global Ecolabelling Network (GEN)
The Global Ecolabelling Network (GEN) is a non-profit association of 27 type-1 ecolabelling organizations around the world. Since its inception in 1994, the reach of the GEN has continued to expand. With GEN members in most parts of the world, the GEN works tenaciously to improve, promote and develop the ecolabelling of products and services on a global scale. Collectively, GEN members have certified well over 100,000 environmentally-preferable products worldwide.
Sino-German Corporate Social Responsibility Project
www.csr-china.net, organized by WTO China Tribune and GoldenBee (Beijing) Management Consulting Co., Ltd., aims to collect CSR news around the world and disseminate CSR concepts and values. It is the number one web portal in China to promote CSR and advocate sustainable development.