In the last few decades, a great number of standards have emerged to guide and monitor the environmental and social practices of various industries. The organisations that have achieved ISEAL membership are among the most credible standards globally due to their adherence to a set of Credibility Principles that form the foundation for ISEAL’s Codes of Good Practice. ISEAL’s Code of Good Practice for Setting Social and Environmental Standards, with which all ISEAL full members comply, has become the global reference for high quality standard-setting. ISEAL codes also serve as critical tools to articulate stakeholder expectations of how credible standards systems should operate.
ISEAL members are highly credible because of their commitment to engage a wide range of stakeholders, to be transparent and accountable in the standards development process and in assurance mechanisms (such as certification), and to structure their standard clearly so that the environmental or social intent underpins the entire process. ISEAL members also share a strong commitment to support and unify the sustainability standards movement.
“ISEAL support is important for neutrality and credibility in the way our standard is developed.”
-- ISEAL member, Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels