Social Enterprise Mark CIC has partnered with several well-respected standard setting and accreditation bodies to encourage consumers to challenge ethical labels and sustainability claims that are used by brands they buy from.
The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) and Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) will harmonise their assurance systems where possible and pilot combined Fairmined and chain of custody audits to reduce audit burden.
A host of leading food and beverage companies will have an opportunity to streamline their agricultural supply chain data collection and sustainability assessment efforts through a collaboration between Field to Market and SAI Platform
ISEAL has seen eight of its full members sign a historic agreement to work together to reduce the use of pesticides. The agreement also sets out a consistent plan to move towards eliminating highly hazardous pesticides, finding alternatives, and creating common tools for producers to use.
As the work on the Sustainability Standards Comparison Tool continues to evolve, GIZ has proposed a revision that reduces the number of data fields. ISEAL's Patrick Mallet provides the latest update on the tool and urges the ISEAL community to submit comments on the proposed new criteria before the 31 July deadline.
It has been over two years since ISEAL started its work in India, as part of our emerging economies focused project with the Swiss government. A recent member meeting in Delhi was not only an opportunity to advance our project activities, it also allowed members to reflect on how the Indian landscape has evolved and to share the impressive progress that each have made.