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Sustainability Definitions – F

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The Food Alliance certifies foods from sustainable farms and ranches that produce natural products, ensure quality control and food safety, responsibly manage water and energy resources, emphasize recycling and responsible waste management, provide a safe work environment, and commit to continuous improvement of sustainable practices.

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Source:
The US Green Building Council - LEED Reference Guide for Existing Building Operations and Maintenance (LEED EBOM)


Formaldehyde is a naturally occurring VOC found in small amounts in animals and plants but is carcinogenic and an irritant to most people when present in high concentrations, causing headaches, dizziness, mental impairment, and other symptoms.

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Fair Trade (Fairtrade) is a system of trade in which workers receive living wages and employment opportunities for the goods they produce. This system serves as an alternative approach to conventional international trade for producers who are typically economically disadvantaged artisans and farmers from developing countries. The producers partner with international organizations that help them build their skills to market and sell goods such as crafts, and agricultural products such as coffee and chocolate.

For commodities, farmers receive a stable, minimum price. In addition, there are several other criteria to satisfy:
  • Forced labor and exploitative child labor are not allowed
  • Buyers and producers trade under direct long-term relationships
  • Producers have access to financial and technical assistance
  • Sustainable production techniques are encouraged
  • Working conditions are healthy and safe
  • Equal employment opportunities are provided for all
  • All aspects of trade and production are open to public accountability.


Goods can be certified as Fair Trade by organizations like the Fair Trade Labeling Organization (FLO) which has affiliates in seventeen countries.

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Source:
The Presidio Graduate School - Online Dictionary of Sustainable Management


Feebate is any system that taxes socially undesirable activities and products and uses the money to support more desirable ones. For example, transportation taxes for gasoline or tolls often support public transportation that has less environmental impact and eases traffic congestion.

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