is a Co-Founder of The Committee on Sustainability
Assessment (COSA™), a global consortium of institutions that
promotes sustainability by measuring what is really sustainable in
For complete information, visit www.theCOSA.org
We know that applying sound business methods and enabling
competitive participation in markets can foster agriculture development more
effectively than any form of aid or charity. But improving economic
capacity is simply not sufficient.
New evidence from thousands of COSA surveys suggests
that it is necessary to simultaneously fulfill vital social and
ecological needs in order to reduce poverty. To do this requires
a commitment to advancing the capacity of local institutions and
communities to be effective stewards of their future.
Seeking Sustainability: COSA™ Preliminary Analysis of
Sustainability Initiatives in the Coffee Sector
International Institute for Sustainable Development.
Giovannucci, Jason Potts, et al. (2008)
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.
The Circle of Sustainability
|A sign on Albert
Einstein's office wall:
Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can
be counted counts