Voluntary Standard Systems

A Contribution to Sustainable Development

  • Carsten Schmitz-Hoffmann
  • Michael Schmidt
  • Berthold Hansmann
  • Dmitry Palekhov

Part of the Natural Resource Management in Transition book series (NRMT, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Concepts and Operation of Voluntary Standard Systems (VSS)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-2
    2. Kristin Komives, Amy Jackson
      Pages 3-19
    3. David Ovando Jeria, Miguel Araque Vera
      Pages 49-57
  3. Formal and Private Standards: The Added Value

  4. Voluntary Standard Systems: The Development Dimension

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 113-114
    2. Carsten Schmitz-Hoffmann, Berthold Hansmann, Sophie Klose
      Pages 133-143
  5. Implementation and Impact of VSS

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 177-178
    2. Ni An, Eberhard Schaller
      Pages 243-251
    3. Dmitry Palekhov, Michael Schmidt
      Pages 261-274
    4. Eric Ambe Asoh, Ambe Emmanuel Cheo, Michael Schmidt, Hans-Jürgen Voigt
      Pages 275-285
  6. Challenges and Future Trends

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 357-358
    2. Daniele Giovannucci, Oliver von Hagen, Joseph Wozniak
      Pages 359-384
    3. Carolin Möller, David Smyth, Michael Schmidt
      Pages 403-417
    4. Philipp Schukat, Jenny Rust, Julia Baumhauer
      Pages 419-430
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 441-459

About this book


Emerging to the forefront of sustainable production and consumption are a promising and rapidly evolving concept known as Voluntary Standard Systems (VSS). They encompass the three pillars of sustainability – social, environmental and economic aspects, and consequently they can be considered as a tool, which makes sustainable development visible. Currently, they are becoming a significant element in international trade and in the promotion of sustainable development strategies, especially in the context of globalised markets and supply chains.

This volume provides a comprehensive overview of the current VSS concepts: from their nature and functioning, to the future outlook for their development. It places VSS in the broader context of global development issues and challenges, including development policy and international sustainability commitments, progress towards achieving ‘green economy’, and meeting climate protection targets. The volume contains also a representative selection of case studies which demonstrate their wide range of application in different sectors of the economy.


Ecolabelling Environmental certification Green economy Sustainable development Voluntary Sustainable Standards

Editors and affiliations

  • Carsten Schmitz-Hoffmann
    • 1
  • Michael Schmidt
    • 2
  • Berthold Hansmann
    • 3
  • Dmitry Palekhov
    • 4
  1. 1.Deutsche Gesellschaft für Inter- nationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbHEschbornGermany
  2. 2.Environmental PlanningBrandenburg University of Technology (BTU)CottbusGermany
  3. 3.Division 45 - Rural Development and AgriDeutsche Gesellschaft für InternationaleEschbornGermany
  4. 4.Environmental PlanningBrandenburg University of TechnologyCottbusGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-35715-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-35716-9
  • Series Print ISSN 2198-9702
  • Series Online ISSN 2198-9710
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