Per Charter of the Platform:

Composition

  1. The Steering Council shall consist a fundamental composition of eight groups of stakeholder members of the Platform and may consist of an extended composition as required for any meeting.
  2. The fundamental composition of the Steering Council shall be as follows:

(a) Government

  1. One representative deputed by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India;
  2. One representative deputed by the Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India;
  3. One representative deputed by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India;

(b) United Nations Forum on Sustainability Standards

One representative deputed by the Steering Council of the United Nations Forum on Sustainability Standards;


(c) Autonomous Bodies

  1. One representative each from the Export Development Authorities;
  2. One representative each from the Commodities Board;
  3. One representative from the Export Inspection Council of India;

(d) Export Promotion Councils One representative each from the Export Promotion Councils;


(e) Industry Associations

  1. One representative from the Associated Chambers of Commerce of India;
  2. One representative from the Confederation of Indian Industry;
  3. One representative from the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry;

(f) Standards Development Organizations One representative each from three private sustainability standards development organizations which are members of the Platform;


(g) Market stakeholders

  1. One representative who is a producer dealing with private sustainability standards;
  2. One representative from a lead firm dealing with private sustainability standards;
  3. One representative from a retailers’ association dealing with private sustainability standards;
  4. One member representative from bodies involved in formulation of private sustainability standards;

(h) Sectoral Committees The Chair of every Sectoral Committee of the Indian PSS Platform will be an ex-officio member of the Steering Council.


  1. The Steering Council may have an extended composition as follows:

(a) Representatives of National Platforms on Sustainability Standards

  1. i) The Secretariat may invite representatives of other National Platforms on Sustainability Standards recognized by this Platform as part of the meetings of the Steering Council.

(b) International organizations and other organizations of repute

  1. The Secretariat may invite representatives from agencies of the United Nations and other international intergovernmental organizations which have relevance in international trade for subject-specific inputs, briefings and to participate in the meetings of the Steering Council;
  2. The Secretariat may invite representatives from reputed organizations which are alliances of organizations developing private sustainability standards for subject-specific inputs, briefings and to participate in the meetings of the Steering Council
  3. The Secretariat may invite representatives from consumer organizations of repute for subject specific inputs, briefings and to participate in the meetings of the Steering Council;

(c) Individual experts

  1. The Secretariat may invite individual experts for subject-specific inputs, briefings and to participate in the meetings of the Steering Council;
  2. These individual experts may be from the following areas: trade and sustainability standards; trade and social sustainability; interests of producers, smallholders, farmers, workers, and labourers; trade and environmental sustainability; and, trade and economic sustainability.

  1. Member representatives of the Private Sustainability Standards Development Organizations will be part of the Steering Council on a rotational basis, in the English alphabetical order of the name of the organization, with other PSS development organizations which are members of the Platform.

 Functions & Powers

  1. The Steering Council shall work to promote the purposes, objectives, principles, and values of the Platform.
  2. The Steering Council may mitigate any situation causing friction in the space of private sustainability standards in submitted to it by the parties of such situation through channels of the Secretariat. The Council may also recommend methods of mitigation in such cases.
  3. The Steering Council may recommend the admission of new Members to the Platform.
  4. The Steering Council shall not have suo motu jurisdiction on any matter.
  5. The Steering Council shall be briefed by the Secretariat about any issue falling within the scope of the Platform that it should be cognizant of.

Decision-making

Decisions of the Steering Council on procedural and all other matters shall be made by positive consensus, and abstentions shall be deemed as concurrence for the purpose of expedited discharge of the Platform’s functions.

Procedure

  1. The President of the Steering Council shall be nominated and selected by the Secretariat bearing in mind their expertise in the field of trade, economics, and sustainability standards.
  2. The Steering Council shall adopt its own Rules of Procedure for conducting its business, or as may be guided by the Secretariat.