Sustainable Development

RESOLVE has worked on thousands of projects over the past 30 years, helping innumerable stakeholders make public policy decisions collaboratively.

Certification Impact: Global Assessment of Standards and Certification Systems

RESOLVE is using a collaborative approach to assess the impact of selected natural resource certification systems. This project, which began in 2009, is funded by The Packard Foundation, the Walton Family Foundation, and MARS, Inc. Certification systems designed to promote sustainable development have proliferated in the past decade. This collaborative research project is designed to understand the real impact and benefit of these systems. RESOLVE designed a multi-sector governance structure, including a steering committee that is international and represents industry, academia, certification organizations, and other NGOs. RESOLVE serves as secretariat and facilitator and works to ensure consistency and rigor.

Sustainability Challenge: Communities and Small Scale Mining

RESOLVE provides assessment, facilitation, and strategic and business planning support to the Communities and Small Scale Mining initiative (CASM) – a program of the World Bank in collaboration with key global stakeholders. CASM seeks to promote sustainable development in communities with artisanal and small-scale mining and develop programs to address environmental and social impacts. RESOLVE is working with core stakeholders to create a business plan and structure for a revitalized CASM program, built on an assessment of the initiative’s experiences and needs for the next decade of artisanal mining challenges. RESOLVE will guide the implementation of the business plan by facilitating a stakeholder conference in the next year. Particularly important in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, our work will help solve the complex social, environmental, and economic issues surrounding small scale mining, which has the potential to alleviate poverty in rural areas.

Certifying Sustainable Fisheries: Marine Stewardship Council

From 1996 to 1998, RESOLVE provided design and facilitation support that led to the creation of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification system – originally a partnership of the World Wildlife Fund and Unilever – which certifies and labels sustainable fish products. RESOLVE worked with stakeholders to establish consensus on a set of guiding principles and criteria for determining fishery sustainability that became the basis for establishment of the MSC. The MSC has grown to become the leading system for certifying marine food products.