Global sustainability challenges are complex problems and cannot be solved single-handedly. Recognizing this complexity, sustainability standards are increasingly applying a systemic approach to deepen their impact in addressing these challenges.
Driving systemic change
Many sustainability standards are considering the wider environment in which they operate, and are adopting systemic approaches to improve the uptake and impact of sustainable practices across whole sectors and regions. We are increasingly seeing sustainability standards adapt their strategies and operations to be more effective in local contexts, as well as forming partnerships with key stakeholders to transform entire sectors through sustainable production landscapes.
Building on ISEAL’s previous work, we developed a series of guidance that lays out the emerging good practices in each step of improving a sustainability strategy. These resources are intended to support sustainability standards as they carve out their role in driving change at a systemic level.