BSD and NewForesight Report Result in a Platform for Sustainable Trade in Colombia

BSD and NewForesight Report Result in a Platform for Sustainable Trade in Colombia

BSD Consulting in partnership with NewForesight - a strategy consulting firm focused on Global Development and Sustainable Market Transformation - published a report, last year, focused on sustainable trade between Colombia and the Netherlands.

The project, under contract of the Netherlands Embassy in Colombia, accessed five sectors in both countries - coffee, bananas, flowers, sugar and palm oil - and the findings resulted in the launch of a platform for sustainable trade in Colombia in October 2012. "The main objective of the platform will be to transform sustainability into a competitive advantage through the flower trade, sustainable coffee and bananas in the European market; and establishing a program with commitments and investments between donor countries, the public sector, civil society and the private sector in Europe and Colombia," says a press release published by the Netherlands Embassy in Colombia, last month. Strategic actors belonging to the three agricultural sectors have pledged to work together in four pillars: market access, joint standards and inspection, product support and climate change.