Patrick Mallet's blog

Re-imagining the future of trust

Trust is a defining hallmark of sustainability standards. In this blog, Patrick Mallet, Innovations Director at ISEAL, considers how new data tools and approaches are changing our expectations of trust.

Share your views: Assurance Code Consultation

Assurance is about assessing whether someone meets a set of requirements. It’s a cornerstone of credible sustainability standards systems, particularly where the participating enterprises are making claims about their practices or sustainability performance. The Assurance Code v1.2 is out for consultation until the 1st October – take this opportunity to share your views.

Sustainability standards as data managers

In this blog, ISEAL's Innovations Director Patrick Mallet considers the role sustainability standards can play in the data revolution.

Driving our innovations programme forward

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.

Zero deforestation commitments and landscape approaches: positioning standards 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.

New ISEAL report: Standards have strong role to play in zero deforestation commitments and landscape approaches

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 on audits and assurance: an ISEAL response

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.

A top priority for ISEAL in 2016: innovations

ISEAL’s Director of Innovations shares with us the actions ISEAL will be taking in 2016 to spur innovation in standards systems.

Towards smart data

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.

Next Generation Sustainability Standards Comparison Tool

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.
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