Full members

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Full members are sustainability standards that demonstrate a high level of compliance with ISEAL's Codes of Good Practice. Through systems that are proven to be credible and effective, they commit to continuously improving their impacts.

ISEAL full members are standard-setting organisations and accreditation bodies that are leaders in a growing number of sectors, including fisheries, agriculture, forestry, biofuels, textiles, and mining. They are at the heart of the sustainability standards movement because they embrace the ISEAL Credibility Principles and have achieved the highest membership status in ISEAL. The commitment of full members to good and credible practice and to learning alongside like-minded peers to improve their impacts makes them models for developing and implementing sustainability standards systems globally.

Full members comply with the Standard-Setting Code and are on a pathway to compliance with the Impacts and Assurance Codes, which entered into force in 2010 and 2012 respectively. Full members are required to comply with the Impacts Code by mid-2015 and with the Assurance Code by the end of 2016. Existing ISEAL full members are in the process of undergoing independent evaluations against the Impacts Code and are commencing the process of reporting their initial progress against the Assurance Code as of August 2014.

As some of the most established and internationally regarded standards and certification systems in the world, ISEAL full members have illustrated the influence that standards can have on global markets and supply chains by working with businesses, governments, producers and other stakeholders. Their knowledge and experience helps drive innovation and collaboration in the ISEAL community and also guides newer standards initiatives.


Steps to full membership

Visit the Pathway to Membership page for full details

The first step in membership is to be approved as an ISEAL associate member. Successful transition from associate to full member requires that an organisation shows compliance with the improvement criteria of the Standard-Setting Code, verified through independent evaluation, and demonstrates progress towards meeting the improvement criteria of the Impacts and Assurance Codes, verified through an ISEAL Secretariat evaluation and peer review.

Promotion to full membership must also be reviewed by ISEAL's Membership Committee and approved by the ISEAL Board of Directors.

For information on how to submit a complaint related to member compliance with our membership criteria, visit our complaints page.

"ISEAL support is important for neutrality and credibility in the way our standard is developed." 

-- ISEAL full member, Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials