Sectoral Committees for Priority Sectors or Product Groups

  1. The Secretariat shall, in accord with the MultiStakeholder Assembly and the Steering Council, identify product groups and sectors which hold primary importance for the Platform. Such sectors or product groups shall be referred to as priority sectors or priority product groups respectively.
  2. The Secretariat shall then institutionalise committees for harmonising and addressing issues relating to private sustainability standards in the priority sectors or product groups. These committees shall be referred to as Sectoral Committees.

Composition

  1. The Secretariat shall determine the composition of the Sectoral Committees.
  2. The Sectoral Committees shall be multi-stakeholder principal organs of the Platform comprising of members relevant to each respective sector or product group.
  3. Such members may be, inclusive of but not limited to, members from the government, foreign governments, inter-governmental and international organizations working in that sector, regulators, implementation agencies, export promotion councils, authorities, commodities boards, private sustainability standards developing organizations, inspection agencies, trade policy bodies, industry associations, producers, consumers, sectoral experts, trade and exports experts, and sustainable development experts, and any other member as deemed fit.
  4. The Chair of the Multi-Stakeholder Assembly and the President of the Steering Council shall be ex-officio members of every Sectoral Committee.

Functions and Powers

  1. The Sectoral Committees shall deliberate and create consensus on resolving issues related to private sustainability standards in their sectors. Such issues shall be identified by the Secretariat, in accord with the MultiStakeholder Assembly and the Steering Council.
  2. The Sectoral Committees shall adopt such recommendations or resolutions or both, as they may deem fit, for the expeditious resolution of issues relating to private sustainability standards in their sector.