Systemic Impacts

Voluntary sustainability standards have the potential to deliver impacts that go beyond individual certified operations and effect wider systemic changes, according to new research published by WWF and ISEAL.

These ‘systemic impacts’ help to create an enabling environment for production and consumption practices that benefit people and the planet, and contribute toward the Sustainable Development Goals. They include both tangible impacts, such as the creation of public and private policies or new partnerships, and intangible impacts, such as building trust and influencing socio-cultural attitudes.

Sustainability standards and their partners have the opportunity to improve how they recognise, catalyse, improve, and replicate systemic impacts, thus building even greater support for these vital roles that sustainability standards play.

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