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Standardsimpacts.org provides evidence and information on the impact and business case of sustainability standards. There are reports, case studies, infographics and more to support business needs.
Guide to researching standards
Sustainability Impacts Learning Platform
Access the online, public database of studies on sustainable global supply chains created by ISEAL, WWF and the Sustainable Food Lab. Register to share your own planned, ongoing or completed research. We currently have 86 studies shared on this platform.
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Welcome! This is where you will find up to date information on all of ISEAL's research activities and on opportunities to engage with this work. The ISEAL Research programme seeks to:
- Understand the landscape of research on the outcome and impacts of sustainability standards
- Promote and focus high quality research to areas where more research is necessary
- Conduct research on issues where we see a particular need for evidence
- Actively engage with the research community to foster dialogue and collaboration
- Communicate about existing evidence on the outcome and impacts of sustainability standards
For an overview, please download our 'Engaging with Researchers Factsheet' - which details the various ways ISEAL is working with researchers, how you can get involved, and the variety of tools and resouces available for researchers in the field of sustainability standards.
Research from ISEAL members
ISEAL blogs on studies from ISEAL members:
Research by ISEAL
ISEAL’s own research focuses on key cross-cutting sustainability themes where we see a particular need for evidence on the impact or role of sustainability standards. These include:
- Poverty alleviation
ISEAL is working with a group of members to understand and demonstrate the impacts of sustainability standards on poverty alleviation and pro-poor development.
- Demonstrating and Improving Poverty Impacts project factsheet
- Three Commissioned Impact Evaluations - Baseline Full Reports and Research Design Documents
- Three Commissioned Impact Evaluations - Baseline Summaries
- ISEAL Webinar: Certification and poverty impacts: what we are learning from three baseline studies in Kenya, India and Indonesia
- Business information needs
Through surveys and interviews with the business community, we gained insights into the business case for sustainability standards and the need for information on their impacts.
- Preliminary results of our business survey
- ISEAL Webinar: Information on Impacts: The Case for Sustainability Standards
- Landscape approach
We are looking into the strong role that credible standards have to play in supporting landscape approaches and company zero deforestation commitments.
- Report: How sustainability standards can contribute to landscape approaches and zero deforestation commitments
- Zero deforestation commitments and landscape approaches: positioning standards systems
- ISEAL Webinar: How Sustainability Standards can contribute to Landscape Approaches and Zero Deforestation
- Improving the evidence and communication about the value and impacts of FSC certification
- We're coordinating the Value and Impact Analysis (VIA) initiative
- ISEAL authored or co-authored research
ISEAL staff members contribute their knowledge and expertise to peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. Here are some examples of this.
- SDGs mean business: How credible standards can help companies deliver the 2030 agenda - WWF/ISEAL report co-authored by Norma Tregurtha and David d'Hollander
- Introduction to Voluntary Sustainability Standard Systems - book chapter by Kristin Komives and Amy Jackson
- Exploring the potential of government and voluntary standards collaborations to scale up sustainable production and supply - Chapter authored by David D'Hollander and Norma Tregurtha
- An agenda for assessing and improving conservation impacts of sustainability standards in tropical agriculture - Academic article co-authored by Kristin Komives and Elizabeth Kennedy
- Stakeholder Consultation Practices in Standards Development - Paper co-authored by Patrick Mallet
- Voluntary standards for sustainable food systems: the role of public procurement - Paper authored by Norma Tregurtha and Marcus Nyman
- Towards Sustainability: The Roles and Limitations of Certification - Report co-prepared by Patrick Mallet
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Research Webinars Spring 2017
Check back soon for more information of another phase of research webinars begining in Spring 2017...