We work to define good practice for our current (and potential) members; practices aimed at developing and increasing the impact of sustainability standards. Our Codes of Good Practice, which full members must meet, promote fair and transparent ways of working. Through our different programmes, we explore ways to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of standard systems and identify opportunities for scaling up and collaboration.
We define what makes a standards sytem credible and promote learning between established and emerging standard systems. This includes sharing experience and knowledge about how standards monitor and evaluate their impact, identifying trends in the standards movement and exploring ways to increase small producers’ access to certification.
Working with governments and business, we promote standards as crucial tools to meet sustainability targets. We facilitate discussion about new and creative solutions to the challenges of purchasing sustainably sourced products and through our growing community of standard setters, business, governments, researchers and NGOs, we provide opportunities for networking and knowledge exchange. Taking this to the next level, our work in emerging economies sets out to explore how standards can be used to address sustainability issues in Brazil, India and China.
In short, everything we do is underpinned by our belief that credible standards systems can and do have positive impacts on society and the environment. We are commited as an Alliance to demonstrating and improving those impacts both individually and collective. Through our work we strive to increase the uptake and impact of sustainability standards on a global scale.
At a glance, we:
- Encourage shared learning to improve effectiveness of standards systems
- Demonstrate and improve our impacts
- Engage current and potential users of standards
- Build awareness and develop strategies for scaling up usage of standards
- Advocate for standards with policymakers
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