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.
At the first Global Sustainability Standards Conference, four experts weighed in on living wage in the textiles sector. Altogether there were a fair number of questions to be answered, but also a range of actions and collaborative initiatives to work on wages in a practical way, including a major collaboration by six certification programmes.
The Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels has developed a global sustainability standard and certification system for biomass, bioenergy and biofuel production. From now on, FSC certified forests and operators will now be able to access biofuel and bioenergy markets by receiving RSB certification through a simplified audit process to demonstrate compliance, therefore saving costs and time.