Demand for Sustainable Products in Asia: Successes and challenges

Briefing or opinion

Published 22nd September 2021 by Evidensia and International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD).


Asia is home to a majority of the world’s population, and consumption patterns on the continent have significant implications on a global scale. This webinar presented research findings on consumption trends of certified and sustainable products in Asia, focusing on coffee, cotton, palm oil, and tea. Various actors (buyers, voluntary sustainability standards, producers) then shared successes, challenges, and potential ways to increase sustainable consumption in Asia. Moderators: Cristina Larrea, Lead, Sustainability Standards, IISD; Vidya Rangan, Senior Manager, Impacts and Evidence, ISEAL Alliance. Speakers: Steffany Bermúdez, Policy Analyst, IISD; Rajesh Bhuyan, Director, Trustea; Irvan Helmi, Co-Founder, Anomali Coffee; Nils Heuer, Associate Programme Officer, Consumption and Production Unit, UN Environment Programme; Ganesh Kasekar, Representative in South Asia, Global Organic Textile Standard; Teddy Somantri, Co-Founder and President Director, Javanero Indonesia Coffee; Nguyen Bao Thoa, Director, Vietnam Rural Industries Research and Development Institute; Philippa Walker, Programme Manager, Asia Sustainable Palm Oil Links, WWF Singapore.

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