Global voluntary standards: are they effective for reaching environmental goals?

Global voluntary standards: are they effective for reaching environmental goals?

THE CASE OF THE ROUNDTABLE ON SUSTAINABLE PALM-OIL (RSPO)

A lunch lecture.

Wednesday 20 November 2013 | 12:15-13:30
Room 847, Maison de la paix,
IHEID
Geneva

There is a growing contradiction between, on one hand an ongoing formalisation of a framework for global biodiversity, including the most charismatic species such as the orangutan, and on the other hand, scientific evidence of the continuous decline of biodiversity, including orangutans, especially threatened by palm oil development.

Global voluntary standards - agreements between private actors - for different agricultural commodities have emerged this last decade as a credible alternative to conventional regulations to obtain environmental gains. This presentation analyses one of these voluntary standards, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), in order to evaluate if it is really effective in fulfilling its claimed conservation objectives.

Dr. Denis RUYSSCHAERT
Université Toulouse-II Le Mirail, Ecole doctorale du Centre d'Etude et de Recherche Travail, Organisation, Pouvoir (CERTOP).

Denis Ruysschaert has more than 20 years working experience with the private sector, NGOs and the United Nations. His main field of interest is how global biodiversity governance can deliver impact on the ground. He holds the rare academic background of being both an agronomist engineer and a doctor in sociology and public policies. This presentation builds on his PhD from the Université Toulouse-II Le Mirail, Ecole doctorale du Centre d'Etude et de Recherche Travail, Organisation, Pouvoir (CERTOP). Denis Ruysschaert is also an active volunteer by the Association SWISSAID Geneva.