Social labelling

Quality and Origin

Forms of “social” labelling include geographical indications. Geographical indications on labelling serve to identify a product of quality linked to origin: the agricultural or agrifood product comes from a designated area that gives the product its distinct features, on account of unique local natural resources (e.g. varieties or breeds, climatic conditions) and traditional methods of production, coupled with a specific culture and know-how adapted to the local environment and transmitted down many generations. A geographical indication can be protected in the same way as an intellectual property right and, as such, its application generally conforms with requirements that have been drawn up by the producers and recognized by the government authorities.

Quality and Origin

Environmental and social standards

Voluntary standards and certification systems may benefit farmers and farm workers, as they can potentially lead to increased return on their labour, better working conditions and longer term environmental improvement. They may offer small farmers an opportunity to stay in business, through the support of consumers who are willing to pay a price premium. These initiatives may also benefit the local communities surrounding the farms and the environment. When they lead to local development through higher incomes, job creation and capacity building, they benefit society as a whole.

Environmental and social standards: certification systems that add value
last updated:  Tuesday, September 3, 2013