This includes work to ensure these stakeholders recognise the importance of credibility as a fundamental underpinning of effective standards systems. A major focus here is to encourage the use of ISEAL’s Codes of Good Practice as international criteria to evaluate sustainability standards.
In 2011 we, and our members, launched our Scaling Up Strategy that provides a clearly defined strategy for our members to increase their impacts.
In partnership with the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), ISEAL has undertaken a landmark three year project to increase the use of sustainability standards in public procurement practices around the world and to also help emerging economies such as Brazil, India and China maximise sustainable development in their countries through the increased use of sustainability standards.
To further support increased uptake, ISEAL is working with GIZ, Rainforest Alliance and the Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels to develop an online tool that will offer a comparison of standards according to a user’s defined preferences. In addition, we are workingwith GIZ and others to explore the potential for a Standards Systems Academy,which would help stakeholders understand and make use of sustainability standards. ISEAL leads a special project to support our members working in biofuels to engage with policymakers, while also helping governments know the options within the ISEAL membership that can support their biofuels regulations.
Finally, ISEAL monitors relevant policy developments to share with our members and, when necessary, writes collective policy responses on behalf of our membership.