Certification Assessment releases final report

This week, RESOLVE completed a cornerstone project assessing the state-of-knowledge on the sustainability impact of natural resource certification. Over the past 2+ years, RESOLVE has recruited a multi-sector sector committee (of 12 executives/experts from business, NGOs, and academia), designed a complex collaborative research program, served as project Secretariat to the committee, and negotiated complex, challenging issues that surfaced as they examined what is known about the impacts of certification and how it is used by businesses, civil society, and governments. On behalf of the committee, RESOLVE just released a consensus report, Toward Sustainability; the press release details the findings of the report.

Led by Vice President of Program Development and Senior Mediator, Abby Dilley, the team also included Senior Mediator Jen Peyser and Senior Associate Taylor Kennedy, with guidance from President Steve D’Esposito. To give you a flavor our work on this project, the RESOLVE team:
• Recruited the steering committee, with guidance from funders and on-coming members
• Designed and facilitated a series of group dialogues, one-on-one consultations, and calls
• Framed issues and organized complex, tough Steering Committee discussions so that the Committee reached key decisions and milestones
• Prepared substantive reports and analysis to support the Steering Committee and commissioned supporting research
• Oversaw and advised technical and policy experts to inform Steering Committee deliberations and decisions
• Drafted and negotiated report language and policy alternatives
• Designed and conducted a peer review process involving 30 reviewers, and compiling and synthesizing the feedback for anonymous presentation to the Steering Committee for consideration
• Brokered a Steering Committee consensus
• Coordinated outreach and distribution efforts throughout the development and release of the report to gather input from additional stakeholders
• Oversaw and assisted final graphic production of a 400+ page final report
It’s been nice to get some very positive feedback, after a very challenging process:
• The steering committee included this in the Acknowledgements section of the report: “Without the immense commitment of Abby Dilley, Jennifer Peyser, and Taylor Kennedy (RESOLVE) in facilitating this process and keeping us on track through our deliberations, we would not have been able to deliver this report.”
• “Congratulations on shepherding this project through to completion.. it must have been a rather large task to coordinate. Well done. And thanks for facilitating what I’m sure will be an important contribution to the policy discussion on the future of certification.” – from a contributing researcher

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