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Seeking Sustainability: COSA preliminary analysis of sustainability initiatives in the coffee sector

Giovannucci, Daniele and Potts, Jason and Killian, B. and Wunderlich, C. and Schuller, S. and Soto, G. and Schroeder, K. and Vagneron, I. and Pinard, F. (2008): Seeking Sustainability: COSA preliminary analysis of sustainability initiatives in the coffee sector. Published in: Committee on Sustainability Assessment (COSA) (2008)

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Abstract

The growing economic value and consumer popularity of sustainability standards inevitably raise questions about the extent to which their structure and dynamics actually address many environmental, economic and public welfare issues. The Committee on Sustainable Assessment (COSA) was formed, in part, to develop a scientifically credible framework capable of assessing the impacts associated with the adoption of sustainability initiatives. This paper examines the pilot phase of vetting and testing the COSA method, an innovative management tool used to gather and analyze data using economic, environmental and social metrics.

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