Gender rights are one of the many social issues that standards look to address through certification and in their efforts to implement the Impacts Code. But the dimension of gender inequity can be difficult to tackle. Guest blogger Luís Fernando Guedes Pinto recounts his organisation's experiences to promote gender equity and argues that sustainability standards need to take a stronger approach toward learning about the gender impacts of certification.
How can systems that set out to certify sustainable production develop ways of operating that ensure that they themselves are sustainable, whilst addressing the often competing demands of producers, businesses and consumers? How can they continue to evolve and break into new and emerging markets whilst finding ways to address challenges that arise from a growing population, increasing levels of consumption and climate change? In a nutshell, what does the future hold for sustainability standards?
Driven by a growing private sector preference to use standards to build sustainability and economic security into supply chains, the demand for certified products is outstripping supply in many sectors. This supply gap is opening new challenges for a standards movement whose prior concerns were mainly on building demand. The closing session of the ISEAL Conference 2012 brought together business, NGOs and standards-setters to look at the innovations needed to reach the next wave of producers.
Founded in 1925, Migros is one of Switzerland's largest enterprises. In the last few years, Migros have set and achieved some ambitious sourcing goals for commodities such as coffee and cocoa and their supermarkets offer a variety of certified products, including those by ISEAL Members. Michelle Doust speaks to Johann Züblin about the retailer's role in increasing consumer demand for sustainably-sourced products and Migros' own ambitious sustainability targets.
Michelle Doust, ISEAL Communications Coordinator, interviews Adrian Sym in his new post as Executive Director for the Alliance for Water Stewardship to find out what attracted him to the world of water and look at what's next for AWS.
An overview of the RSB Tool, designed to allow biofuels operators in the RSB certification system to conduct a self-evaluation against the RSB Principles & Criteria and a self-risk assessment, as well as calculate the greenhouse gas emissions resulting from their operations.
ISEAL’s Assurance Code will apply to auditing and certification bodies that assess and verify compliance with voluntary social and environmental standards. The primary aims of the Code are to improve the quality and consistency of the assurance process and a major part of that is carried out by auditors. Here we talk to Richard Bradley who, with Taruna Group Ltd, carried out background research for ISEAL’s Assurance Code about what auditor competence means.
With attendees from the corporate sector, governmental bodies, NGO's and ISEAL members, the 2011 Public Day Conference in Zurich was our most insightful and thought-provoking event yet. If you missed it you can find out what happened in some of the sessions and download the presentations from the day here.
A session at the 2011 ISEAL Conference in Zurich last month called Sustainability Standards in China: The Way Forward featured experiences by the China representatives of Social Accountability International (SAI), Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), and GIZ staff working for the Sino-German Corporate Social Responsibility Project’s Voluntary Social Standards Initiative.