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 operations in the short-term.
However, more work is needed to secure the long-term credibility of remote auditing practices and its application as a solution to the right context.
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 and facilitation of learning exchanges between sustainability systems, other actors and ISEAL. A desired outcome of this project is for sustainability standards to have a shared understanding of good practices for integrating remote auditing techniques into their systems and have translated these into their operating procedures.