ISEAL launches new GIZ funded innovations project to increase members’ spatial data capacity

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ISEAL members are committed to delivering data driven, results-focused, real-time information that creates value for producers and users of standard systems. We are pleased to announce a new GIZ funded project that will increase members’ capacity in collecting and analysing geo-enabled data.

ISEAL’s innovations programme is supporting members to build data literacy and increase the utility of data to improve performance, emphasize collaboration and accelerate achievement of sustainability objectives.  A foundation for improving the usability of data is ensuring standard systems’ data are geo-enabled.  That means the data is able to be linked to a place on a map, providing a visual context for better communication and analysis options.  By geo-enabling our data, we can better position sustainability standards to effect change in the future.

ISEAL is excited to announce the launch of a new project, funded by GIZ, focused on supporting and building members’ capacities to collect, use and integrate location data into their programs to visualize and interpret the influence of certification on workplace practices and the landscapes in which sustainability standards are implemented.  This project will run from 1 May 2017 to 28 February 2019, and align with innovations programme activities.  Operationally, the project will convene a group of members focused on building their capacity to pilot approaches for collecting, managing, and using location data and geo-enabled unique identifiers to:

  • increase cost efficiencies in auditing,
  • provide more targeted technical assistance and contextual risk management, and
  • integrate data to deliver more comprehensive assessment of sustainability standards’ performance and impacts. 

Working with stakeholders and members, this project aims to develop consistent data protocols and methodological approaches to address critical challenges to the uptake of location data, such as transparency, confidentiality and data ownership.  Key deliverables for this project include:

  • Internal summary report of current state of knowledge and practice of ISEAL members’ capacity to generate and use location data;
  • Strategy to mitigate critical constraints to uptake of best practices for location data;
  • Good practice guidance that outlines agreed data protocols and collection methodology to ensure consistency and quality of data collection and management; and
  • Four or more ISEAL members gathering geospatial location data at pilot scale within their systems using a consistent method, and sharing learning with the broader ISEAL community.

Please contact Elizabeth Kennedy ( if you have questions or would like to keep updated with this project’s implementation and progress.