Library Header Image
LSE Research Online LSE Library Services

A qualitative meta-synthesis of the benefits of eco-labeling in developing countries

Carlson, Anna and Palmer, Charles ORCID: 0000-0002-1252-179X (2016) A qualitative meta-synthesis of the benefits of eco-labeling in developing countries. Ecological Economics, 127. pp. 129-145. ISSN 0921-8009

PDF - Accepted Version
Download (915kB) | Preview

Identification Number: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2016.03.020


Eco-labeling (or environmental certification) is often promoted as a regulatory instrument capable of incentivizing sustainable resource use, even in the absence of stringent government environmental regulations. Despite slow uptake in developing countries and high producer costs, a growing body of case study evidence suggests that producers benefit in varied ways from certification. A qualitative meta-synthesis approach is applied to this body of evidence in order to assess the type and extent of producer benefits reported in case studies of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification, in developing countries. While benefits from price premiums and market access appear to be limited, less tangible benefits were more common, including learning, governance, community empowerment, and reputational benefits. These benefits may justify the cost of certification.

Item Type: Article
Official URL:
Additional Information: © 2016 Elsevier B.V.
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
Date Deposited: 11 May 2016 12:56
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 03:22

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item


Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics