Unusual Places with Unexpected Partners: Welcoming All-Comers to Restore, Improve and Protect Nature

Business plays a key role with respect to biodiversity and the conservation of nature.

Setting a New Standard: Every Act of Conservation Matters

This is the ninth in a series of monthly blog posts exploring the development of a new standard in corporate conservation certification.

Setting the New Standard: Driving Change through Conservation Certification

This is the eighth in a series of monthly blog posts exploring the development of a new standard in corporate conservation certification.

Setting the New Standard: Aligning Conservation Goals with Existing Priorities

This is the seventh in a series of monthly blog posts exploring the development of a new standard in corporate conservation certification.

Setting the New Standard: Enhancing Credibility with Stakeholder Involvement

This is the sixth in a series of monthly blog posts exploring the development of a new standard in corporate conservation certification. Credibility is not an absolute. It cannot be viewed or exist independently. It has to be relative to something or someone–a set of standards, an audience, an individual or an entity. Credibility is hard to […]

Setting the New Standard: Supported Approaches Empower Success

This is the fifth in a series of monthly blog posts exploring the development of a new standard in corporate conservation certification. It is a widely-held belief that a clinical distance must be maintained between the certifier and the certified, that one body should be the keeper of the standard and the other should be the […]

Setting the New Standard: Transparency Matters

This is the fourth in a series of monthly blog posts exploring the development of a new standard in corporate conservation certification. In “Learning Through Disclosure,” an essay in Transparency in Global Environmental Governance, Graeme Auld and Lars Gulbrandsen show how two types of transparency—procedural transparency and outcome transparency—can impact the legitimacy of a recognition program. […]

Setting the New Standard: Scalability is Imperative for Accessibility

This is the third in a series of monthly blog posts exploring the development of a new standard in corporate conservation certification. In previous posts we have outlined the defining tenets of an effective Voluntary Sustainability Standard (VSS) that will encourage broad adoption and ultimately increase conservation on corporate lands. These tenets are accessibility, credibility […]

Setting the New Standard: Embracing Accessibility with a Scalable, Transparent, and Supported Approach

This is the second in a series of monthly blog posts examining the vision for establishing a new standard in corporate conservation certification. “To reduce barriers to implementation, standards systems minimize costs and overly burdensome requirements. They facilitate access to information about meeting the standard, training and financial resources to build capacity throughout supply chains […]

Setting the New Standard: A Radical Redesign to Embrace Accessibility, Enhance Credibility and Drive Change

This is the first in a series of monthly blog posts examining the vision for establishing new standards in corporate conservation certification. Certification of adherence to a set of predetermined standards is an effective way to illustrate performance across a variety of concerns. Certification of professionals has been used since the 19th century to proclaim […]
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