Commons Stewardship Certification

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= A third party entity to “certify” that businesses meet or exceed a criteria and set of standards for sustaining and growing the commons that they use'

(definition from Sam Rose)


Commentary

"The Forest Stewardship_Council and Marine_Stewardship_Council have shown that it is possible to objectively certify that businesses do not destroy the commons that they use. Consumer choices reflect that a significant, and growing number of people will base their choices on doing business with companies that take the time to certify themselves as being sound managers of natural resource commons. This in turn gives companies an incentive to want to be recognized as a company that carries out good practices in business.

The same incentive could exist for companies that deal with our personal data." (Sam Rose at http://blog.p2pfoundation.net/on-the-need-for-business-stewardship-and-open-services/2007/06/07 )


More Information

Wiki entry at http://socialsynergyweb.net/cgi-bin/wiki/BusinessCommonsStewardshipCouncil