We have seen a growing level of interest in and commitment to sustainability standards and similar systems in emerging economies over the last decade. The number of certified companies and products in China, India and Brazil has grown significantly - and shows no sign of slowing.
In June 2016, ISEAL and the China Certification and Accreditation Institute (CCAI), along with the South North Institute for Sustainable Development, launched a Chinese version of the ISEAL Code of Good Practice for Setting Social and Environmental Standards to audiences in China. Published by the China Standards Press, this is the first time that the Standards Setting Code has been available in Chinese.
The Code is of great value in the region as Chinese stakeholders engage with and develop sustainability systems in key sectors. China's new 14th five-year plan emphasises green development, and sustainability systems are positioned to support China’s green trade and investment goals. The Code was shared in Beijing with more than 100 experts in a high-level sustainability standards and certification development forum co-hosted by ISEAL and CCAI.