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Global Sustainability Standards Conference

11th May 2016 | George Washington University, Washington, DC
The major annual event for sustainability standards and certification.

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2016 Global Sustainability Standards Conference.


For presentations, videos and resources from the event click here.


Over 250 sustainability leaders and experts from business, government, NGOs and academia in Washington DC came together to explore the role of standards in driving greater positive social and environmental impact.

This year's theme was "Growing Impacts: Innovation and Evolution" and ISEAL's Community as well as those interested in standards and certification discussed and debated how standards systems can harness technological advances, new tools and opportunities for collaboration so that they can evolve, improve impacts and scale up. It explored how standards can maintain credibility at the core of what they do as they grow in a range of sectors and commodities.

The conference included:

  • Plenaries: global leaders in sustainability standards will present ideas on crucial questions.
  • Breakout sessions: in depth discussions on the challenges and opportunities in sustainability standards across three content streams.
  • Networking: opportunities to meet, learn from, and share with those working in sustainability internationally at a cocktail reception and refreshment breaks.

For a schedule of the pre-conference events, including the AGM and ISEAL's workshops click here.

The 2016 Global Sustainability Standards Conference was held in partnership with the UK government, Swiss government, WWF, the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council, ITC & SustainabilityXchange, the Sustainable Food Lab, and Forest Trends.