What we do

RESP was designed and launched to find solutions for a sustainable future by applying new approaches and working with increased impetus towards effective collaboration between business, policy and science. 

Our Objectives

We facilitate the design and implement sound business and policy models by working in the following key areas:

•To integrate biodiversity and ecosystems considerations into international standards and techniques to positively impact sustainability and the use of natural resources.

•To determine best-practices and benchmarks related to sourcing activities, value addition process and the technologies used, and to formulate best-in-class management plans, benefit sharing schemes and traceability systems.

•To create information and knowledge sharing tools enabling RESP constituencies to become agents of change by engaging their own stakeholders.

Our Expected Outputs

In considering these objectives, and in line with its current 2013-2018 strategy, RESP envisions to deliver the following outputs by the end of 2018:

Output 1: RESP will have developed, shared and transferred new learnings and best practices

Knowledge and information exchange between businesses, policy actors and scientists will help establish alliances that support and influence relevant supply chain scientific and policy processes across all levels.

Through knowledge and information sharing, RESP will play a key role in education and awareness raising to help engineer positive changes to improve biodiversity conservation and livelihoods globally.

Output 2: RESP will have actively supported and added value to more sustainable value chains

RESP will demonstrate how cosmetics, fashion and jewellery companies can actively collaborate and engage with other stakeholders to create principles and policies that support more sustainable value chains.

RESP will examine the impact on the following issues in order to determine perceived changes in value chains:

  • Transparency
  • Public-private partnerships
  • Stakeholder participation and empowerment
  • Environmental management
  • Socio-economic benefits
  • Business practices
  • Compliance

Output 3: RESP’s recommendations will have been integrated into policy discussions and decision-making 

RESP will create strategic alliances with institutions that support and influence relevant policy processes from international through to the local level.

RESP will contribute to a deeper understanding of areas where policies, policy instruments or regulations are lacking or ineffective. It will work to promote sustainable business actions by supporting a holistic approach to policy-making that considers integrating socio-economic and environmental issues.

Output 4: RESP will have effectively illustrated socio-economic impacts from the sustainable use of biodiversity and natural resources 

RESP will contribute to improved impact measurement, verification and communication tools that will enable RESP stakeholders to more effectively illustrate the impact of sourcing activities in the participating industries and how they are delivering on sustainable management and use of biodiversity and natural resources, as well as the resulting socio-economic benefits.

Output 5: RESP members will have been empowered as agents for change in their spheres of operation

RESP will build its members’ internal capacity and empower them to use information to manage change. As a result, its members will serve as agents for change and engage their stakeholders to effectively contribute towards RESP’s mission and long-term sustainable development objectives.

Output 6: RESP will have enabled the understanding of consumption impacts in stakeholder industries

RESP will examine the risks, opportunities and business values for sustainable consumption strategies in stakeholder industries by leveraging other sector experiences, and understand the role that the use and end-of-life phases of the product life-cycles can play in enhancing their impact.

A better understanding of demand-side issues will enable RESP members to take informed decisions and advance their internal structures, policies and strategies to support more sustainable lifestyles and bring global consumption patterns to sustainable levels while securing resource supply.