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Challenging preconceptions about trade in sustainable products. Towards win-win-win for developing countries

Nicola Borregaard, Annie Dufey

Discussion paper, 30 pages

Sustainable products (ie, products that provide greater positive or lower negative social, environmental and economic impacts along the value chain than conventional products) have the potential to contribute to sustainable development in developing countries. But at present there are many factors impeding the growth of markets for these products in developing countries. For example, at national level, there is a lack of market information, while at international level ecolabelling requirements impose financial burdens on small-scale producers. This paper aims to bring some fresh perspectives to the debate on international trade, sustainable products, ecolabelling and production and process methods, with a view to helping developing country governments draw up suitable policies to support sustainable products.

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