All steps in the standards and certification process, including standard-setting, assurance (certification and accreditation) and impact assessment have a role to play in the effectiveness of a system. ISEAL builds understanding of good practices for standards systems and sets internationally applicable good practice guidance for the implementation of credible standards systems. These Codes of Good Practice are applied by leading standards systems and compliance is an ISEAL membership requirement.
ISEAL is also currently leading a global consultation on the ISEAL Credibility Principles, which will articulate the values upon which credible standards are built and which underpin our Codes of Good Practice. The second consultation runs until 30 April 2013. We are actively reaching out to all stakeholders to give us your input.
The ISEAL Codes of Good Practice are effective screens for assessing the credibility of sustainability standards. Institutions and companies make reference to and use the Codes in a variety of ways for purchasing and policy. Recent references to the Codes include:
- FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Report, 2010 (PDF format)
- UK Government Timber Procurement Policy, 3rd edition, 2010 (PDF format)
- Best practice guidelines for the operation of certification schemes relating to agricultural products and foodstuffs, 2010
- European Commission, Communication on Fair Trade, 2009