ISEAL welcomes AWS, ASC and LEAF to full membership

ISEAL Alliance is very pleased to announce three standards systems have recently achieved full membership, joining a growing number of initiatives that are driving positive social and environmental change across multiple sectors.

Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS), Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) and LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) were each approved for full membership during the April 2015 ISEAL Board of Directors meeting, which took place in Beijing last week.

Full membership means AWS, ASC and LEAF have each been successful in their independent assessment against the Code of Good Practice for Setting Social and Environmental Standards (Standard-Setting Code) and have also demonstrated progress towards implementing the Impacts and Assurance Code.

“These three new members represent a significant development both in terms of the growing momentum of the standard-setting movement as well as its increasing diversification into new sectors and industries,” explains Karin Kreider, ISEAL Executive Director. 

“We are delighted that AWS, ASC and LEAF have joined our group of full members; in each case, approval demonstrates the commitment taken to ensure their standard systems are credible and structured to meet sustainability goals.”

AWS was formed in 2008 with the goal of promoting responsible freshwater use through a globally-consistent set of principles and criteria. The multi-stakeholder organisation supports three reinforcing programmes to drive better water use, including a standard and verification system; membership; and training. 

ASC is the world’s leading certification and labelling programme for responsibly farmed seafood. Founded in 2010 by WWF and IDH (Dutch Sustainable Trade Initiative), ASC works with producers, seafood processors, retail and foodservice companies, scientists, conservation groups and consumers to promote best environmental and social choice when buying seafood. 

LEAF has been working to promote environmentally sustainable agriculture, food and farming since 1991. The LEAF Marque Global Standard is based on LEAF’s Integrated Farm Management (IFM), which has been created to bring benefits to wildlife, reduces risks of pollution and enables farmers to demonstrate their environmental credentials.

The three organisations join a growing list of some of the most impactful and influential environmental standards and ecolabel systems in the world, including Rainforest Alliance, Marine Stewardship Council, Fairtrade International and many other notable programmes. Membership in ISEAL helps to distinguish their adoption of credible practices and their commitment to delivering and improving positive impacts through standards. The transition from associate to full membership reflects the verified progress that organisations make on implementing ISEAL’s Codes of Good Practice.

About ISEAL Membership

Membership in the ISEAL Alliance is open to any international sustainability standards system that has a multi-stakeholder approach and supports the ISEAL Credibility Principles. Achieving ISEAL membership consists of a learning pathway and checks of compliance with ISEAL’s Codes of Good Practice, which ensure that standard-setters have well-functioning systems in place that embrace credibility and effectiveness. The commitment of ISEAL’s members to delivering positive impact, to embracing credible practices, and to improving with their like-minded peers, is the hallmark of what it means to be part of the ISEAL Alliance.

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