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Committee on Sustainability Assessment

Cause Area

  • Environment
  • Hunger
  • International


1008 South 9th StPhiladelphia, PA 19147 United States

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Mission Statement

COSA's mission is to advance systematic and science-based measurement tools for understanding, managing, and accelerating sustainability. We envision a world with a balanced and global understanding of the environmental, social, and economic dimensions to mutually advance sustainable agriculture.


The need for a coherent agreement on what sustainability means, and how to practically measure it, was the impetus for the genesis of COSA. In agriculture, major challenges include poverty, food security, water scarcity and pollution, basic human and labor rights, land degradation, loss of biodiversity and climate change. For many, the knowledge that two-thirds of the world’s poorest are actually farmers in developing countries represents one of the most profound failures of modern agricultural development. Today, COSA's stakeholders view us as a neutral authority on sustainability measurement because of the scientific rigor applied, and vetting by many of the world’s most influential institutions. We work in the public and private sectors for advancing a common global language around sustainability.


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