Report slams voluntary eco-certification schemes

Voluntary certification schemes designed to guide consumers towards environmentally-sustainable choices are of limited benefit and could actually hide damaging commercial practices, a new report found

Voluntary certification schemes designed to guide consumers towards environmentally-sustainable choices when buying fish, clothing and palm oil are of limited benefit and could actually hide damaging commercial practices, according to a report published on Thursday.

“The main conclusion of this report is that certification has lost its way and that its contribution to creating a more sustainable world is minute,” the authors wrote in the report published by the Dutch-based Changing Markets Foundation.

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