One of the critical reflections from our Global Sustainability Standards conference, held last month in Washington, is that there is a fundamental shift in the nature of the conversation about sustainability standards. Collectively as a movement, we recognise the scale of the challenges that lie ahead of us. We recognise that our current models are not going to get us where we need to go and that we will need to continue to innovate and improve the effectiveness of our systems.
ISEAL recently published a report on standards in landscape approaches and net zero deforestation commitments. This blog from Patrick Mallet now lays out the top priorities that standards leaders should be thinking about in this space.
ISEAL’s research finds that the top priorities for standards systems with regard to landscape approaches and company zero deforestation commitments are to push for innovation within their standards’ content and assurance, while helping companies strive for change that goes beyond the minimum.
Criticism continues to arise about audits, both those of standards and company’s own inspections. ISEAL explores two issues, including how competent auditors are needed to ensure audits don’t maintain the status quo, and how credible standards should seek continuous improvement in their assurance so as to support overall governance regimes in important sectors.
How can we ulitise modern technology to increase our impact? In this article by former ISEAL staffer Wiebke Herding, we report on ISEAL members' technology frustrations and hone in on experts' recommendations for standards systems.
As the work on the Sustainability Standards Comparison Tool continues to evolve, GIZ has proposed a revision that reduces the number of data fields. ISEAL's Patrick Mallet provides the latest update on the tool and urges the ISEAL community to submit comments on the proposed new criteria before the 31 July deadline.