The current pandemic has severely impacted the ability of sustainability systems to perform on-site audits. As a response, many have implemented new policies and are trialling use of new tools and technology to support remote auditing practices.
However, more work is needed to secure the long-term credibility of remote auditing practices and its application as an effective approach to assurance in its own right.
The overarching goal of this project is to ensure that sustainability assurance can continue to operate credibly and effectively under crisis conditions, whilst safeguarding the health and safety of all people involved.
ISEAL aims to achieve this through a combination of research and facilitation of learning exchanges between sustainability systems and other actors. Our goal is for sustainability standards and assurance partners to have a shared understanding of good practices for integrating remote auditing techniques into their assurance systems.
We are currently seeking input on draft guidance for Remote Auditing Good Practices. It is currently under consultation until 26 May 2021, and will be used as the basis for dialogue with sustainability standards and assurance providers.
For more information or to provide feedback on the draft, please contact Patrick Mallet at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Overview of Remote Auditing Pilots