Markets are growing rapidly across all Voluntary standards Initiatives (VSI), in all sectors reviewed, at rates far beyond the growth of markets for conventional products. The production of VSI compliant goods is now reaching significant levels of market penetration, accounting for over 10 per cent of global production across several of the sectors surveyed.
- The land area covered by global sustainable forestry initiatives (FSC and PEFC) has grown by a total of 232 per cent over the past five years and, at 341,703,696 hectares, accounted for 18 per cent of global managed forests (nearly 9 per cent of global forested land) by the end of 2009.
- Over the past five years, sustainable coffee sales have grown by 433 per cent and, at 457,756 metric tons, accounted for 8 per cent of global exports in 2009.
- Global supply of sustainable coffee, however, is still significantly higher than demand, with supply reaching 1,243,257 metric tons, or 17 per cent of global production.
- Reported premiums for sustainable coffees for 2009 ranged from US$0.025 to US$0.405 per pound, with most premiums falling in the US$.05 to US$.10 per pound range.
- From 2007 to 2009, sustainable banana sales have grown by 63 per cent and, at 3,480,565 metric tons,
accounted for approximately 20 per cent of world exports by 2009.
This and much more you can read in a new report from the IISD,
The State of Sustainability Initiatives Review 2010: SUSTAINABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY