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2016 Global Sustainability Standards Conference

George Washington University, Washington, D.C., United States

Join leaders in sustainability standards at the 7th annual conference from the ISEAL Alliance, from May 10 to 12, 2016 in Washington, D.C., to explore the theme of Growing Impacts: Innovation and Evolution.

The 2016 Global Sustainability Standards Conference is the leading global event for those who support the uptake of credible sustainability standards. Bringing together over 250 sustainability leaders and experts from NGOs, government, business, and academia, the conference will look at how standards can harness technological advances, new tools, and opportunities for collaboration so that they can evolve, improve impacts, and scale up.

The event consists of a cocktail reception on May 10; a full day of plenaries, breakout sessions, and networking on May 11; and a Community Day on May 12 for ISEAL members and subscribers only. Registration, refreshment breaks, keynote speeches, addresses and plenaries will take place at George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs. Breakout sessions will be held nearby in the Marvin Center.

Stephen Donofrio, Senior Advisor to Forest Trends’ Supply Change project will participate in a breakout session on Wednesday, May 11 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. EDT on the topic of “Standards’ Role in Implementing Zero Deforestation Commitments.” A panel of standards and business leaders working on zero deforestation commitments, include representatives of ISEAL Alliance, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Greenpeace International, Mondelez International, and the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), will discuss how they are striving to make such initiatives meaningful. Attendees will learn how standards can help a company better define their supply chain commitments for deforestation-free sourcing.

For more information, see the full program and registration page, and keep track of the #GSSC2016 hashtag on Twitter.