2013 Conference

Impacts and Innovation: ISEAL Annual Conference
Impacts and Innovation: ISEAL Annual Conference
ISEAL's fourth annual conference took place from 11-13 June in London.

Thank you for your interest in the 2013 ISEAL Conference, which focused on the theme of Impacts and Innovation and how the sustainability standards movement can harness technological advances, new tools, and opportunities for collaboration to take the important next steps in the drive to demonstrate and improve social and environmental impacts.

ISEAL's annual conference is the pre-eminent gathering point for ISEAL members, the world's most recognised and influential social and environmental standards, to engage with the growing standards community and important users of standards, such as businesses, governments and NGOs, on how to drive the movement forward.


Keynote speeches at the 2013 conference were delivered by Marks & Spencer, Unilever, SAP and the Ford Foundation. A closing panel included experts from Rainforest Alliance, Marine Stewardship Council, Tetrapak, WWF, Neslte and Chatham House. To learn more about all of the speakers that took part, click here.


We began the 2013 Conference with the launch of the ISEAL Credibility Principles and then continued with a full day of sessions organised into two streams: 1) Impacts and the collective drive to demonstrate positive sustainability results 2) Innovation and the diverse ways that standards systems are collaborating and re-inventing themselves through the use of technology to scale up and deliver on their goals.

For a full look at the conference programme, click here.

ISEAL Community Day

ISEAL members and subscribers met for a full day of sessions and discussions to drive the sustainaibility standards movement forward. Click here to find out about the speakers and here to view the programme.


To access presentations and short summaries from the ISEAL conference, visit www.iseal.org/conference2013

For information about future ISEAL conferences email conference@isealalliance.org

Dispatches from the 2013 ISEAL Conference

Big events and a legacy for standards

Ever wondered how they managed to ensure that all the tea, sugar, coffee and bananas served at the 2012 London Olympics was Fairtrade and that all of the fish was responsibly sourced? At this year's ISEAL conference we were treated to the inside story from three of the people behind the pioneering Food Vision of the 2012 Games. They shared their insights on how we can harness this incredible leadership opportunity to drive sustainable sourcing into the mainstream.

Highlights from the ISEAL Conference: Impacts take centre stage

ISEAL‘s annual conference from 11-13 June, attended by close to 250 sustainability experts affirmed itself as the premier event for the standards and certification movement. This year the focal point was the collective push to deliver stronger impact and how innovation can help drive the movement of credible standards forward.

Standards in the 21st century: High-level panel debates future of certification

To close the public day of the ISEAL conference, a panel of experts from WWF, Nestlé, Tetra Pak International, Marine Stewardship Council, Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and academia spoke about the major trends influencing the standards landscape and how standards should react.

Top Lessons for Communicating about Impacts

At the ISEAL Conference, I facilitated a closing plenary of four communications experts (from UTZ Certified, Rainforest Alliance, WWF and Nice & Serious) who are all working on communicating the impacts of standards systems and certification to external audiences.

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