Kristin Komives's blog

In a changing world, what are the benefits for businesses in meeting their 2020 sustainable sourcing commitments?

Kristin Komives, ISEAL’s Impacts Director, discusses the challenges and benefits for businesses in meeting their sustainability commitments.

IUCN journal devotes entire issue to review literature on certification’s impact on biodiversity

Understanding the benefits and limitations of certification as a viable approach for achieving biodiversity conservation is the focus of the latest issue of IUCN’s Policy Matters, ‘Certification and biodiversity: How voluntary certification standards impact biodiversity and human livelihoods’.

ISEAL’s thoughts on SOAS systematic review of agricultural certification schemes

SOAS recently published a systematic review of the impacts of certification on farmer and worker well-being in agricultural production.

What’s your data strategy?

Don’t have one yet? You are not alone. On average, less than half of a companies’ structured data is actively used in making decisions – and almost no unstructured data is analysed or used at all. To make matters worse, 80 per cent of data analysts’ time is spent finding and preparing data, according to cross-industry studies cited in a recent Harvard Business Review article.*

A new stage in the living wage debate: reflections on the Roundtable on Living Wage in the Agri-food Sector

Kristin Komives, Impacts Director at ISEAL, reflects on how far the discussion around living wage has come after attending the Roundtable on Living Wage in the Agri-food Sector.

Anker methodology for estimating living wages published

Richard and Martha Anker recently published ‘Living Wages Around the World: Manual for Measurement’, which describes a new methodology to measure a decent but basic standard of living in different countries.

New report finds prevailing wages in Bangladesh nearly 50 to 70 percent below a living wage

The Global Living Wage Coalition (GLWC) has released a new living wage benchmark report that looks at current and living wages in Dhaka city and other surrounding satellite cities, home to 80% of the garment factories in Bangladesh.

ISEAL’s three poverty impact studies complete baseline

ISEAL’s commissioning of the independent evaluations in Indonesia, India and Kenya will help contribute to high quality research on the impacts of certification on the world’s poorest farmers.

Will better information on the impacts of standards help drive uptake?

To get a better understanding of what drives uptake of sustainability standards, ISEAL worked with GlobeScan to survey businesses about how they use these standards and what they think about them.

Even among non-users, survey finds standards alive and kicking

A recent business survey found that 70% of non-users of standards will either definitely or likely begin to use standards in the future.
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