The wind of change of sustainability standards

Sailing economic, governance, and policy perspectives


13 – 14 May 2021

Virtual Seminar

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*** Due to the pandemic situation, the Seminar will be held online. Participation fees are reduced and reported here. ***



The objective of the seminar is to improve the understanding of the “wind of change” of sustainability standards and their effects on agricultural, food, and bio-based value chains. The seminar focuses on public and private sustainability standards. Both drivers and implications of their emergence are of interest, with emphasis on the economic, governance and policy perspectives. Emphasis is both on theoretical and empirical applications


Economics of sustainability standards

  • Consumer behaviour and sustainability certifications
  • Models and trends of sustainable consumption
  • Market, supply chain and regulatory drivers for standard adoption
  • Market failures and sustainability standards
  • Impact of standard adoption in markets and value chains, including performance and welfare analysis

Governance and sustainability standards

  • Formal and informal forms of transaction governance in sustainable supply chains
  • Horizontal and vertical relations in certified sustainable value chains
  • Governing innovation in sustainable-related value chains
  • Strategic management of food standards in value chains
  • Business models for the design of sustainability standards
  • Neo-institutional analysis of standards
  • Multidisciplinary approaches for value chain governance

Policy and sustainability standards

  • Private versus third party versus public sustainability certifications and labelling
  • Policy evaluation for sustainable standards and cost-benefit analysis
  • Regulations and innovation for sustainable value chains
  • Behavioural instruments as a regulatory tools for sustainability
  • Competition, market access, intellectual property rights and adoption of sustainability standards


Welcome to Garda Lake!

The seminar building has a beautiful waterfront location on the Garda lake-shore. Garda lake, also known as “the wind machine”, offers the possibility to practice sailing, wind-surf, kite-surf, or simply to enjoy the beach; the surrounding area is within the Alps and it offers many hiking alternatives

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