ISEAL's theory-of-change is the roadmap through which we aim to scale up the impacts of the sustainability standards movement, built on the four strategic aims of demonstrating impacts, improving effectiveness, increasing adoption and defining credibility. We have also recently unveiled a new stream of work to drive innovation.
As the global authority on what makes a standards and certification systems credible, users of standards can look to ISEAL membership and compliance with our Codes of Good Practice as an indicator of a good standard. Our Codes of Good Practice are developed through a rigorous and independent process and outline the essential processes that organisations should implement to deliver results. These are underpinned by the ISEAL Credibility Principles, a set of concepts developed through global consultation that represent the core, high-level values of a credible standards system.
Demonstrating impacts is a significant challenge, one that requires standards-setters to look deeply at the outcomes of their programmes and evaluate if and how objectives are being achieved. ISEAL is supporting its members to gather the evidence base through collaborative projects on key impact areas and also through our Impacts Code, which offers a framework for organisations to measure and improve their sustainability impacts.
Shared learning and innovation are cornerstones of the ISEAL Alliance and ISEAL uses its convening power to move forward our collective understanding of best practice and to support members to improve their effectiveness in core technical areas through working groups and events such as the ISEAL Effectiveness Days and the Global Sustainability Standards Conference. The ISEAL Community also brings together a wide network of like-minded actors and standards initiatives and ISEAL offers training services to help some of these organisations develop credible systems.
ISEAL also engages with key companies and governments to understand their needs and promote the value of adopting standards. Our work in emerging economies and public procurement is our flagship adoption project to generate increased awareness and uptake of standards. We also engage with a number of influential forums and groups to act as the global voice for credible standards.