Lara Koritzke

What Makes a Standard Credible? Clear Objectives and Scope

How do standard-setters ensure that their standard has been developed in a way that allows stakeholders to know what change it is intended to effect? They do so through Clear Objectives and Scope and it is one of the thirteen draft Credibility Principles ISEAL is stimulating a global conversation about this year.

Australia: Sustainability standards down under...

Lara Koritzke looks at the growth of the sustainability standards landscape in Australia and explores how ISEAL members are taking opportunities to engage with businesses and consumers down under.

What makes a standard credible? Allowing complaints and appeals

How does a standard-setter know when a stakeholder feels that their position or point of view has not been adequately taken into account? How does that standard ensure mechanisms that allow for recourse and consideration of that position? In the third article in our series about ISEAL's thirteen Credibility Principles, Lara Koritzke discusses the importance of a clear Complaints & Appeals Process to provide necessary checks and balances that a standard is working.

Better pineapples are possible, suggests Costa Rican platform

Thousands of Costa Ricans depend on pineapples for their livelihoods. But pineapple production has been criticised for causing environmental damage and following unfair labour practices. Lara Koritzke looks at how the Costa Rican government, with the help of the UNDP's Green Commodities Facility, is making the pineapple sector more responsible.

Sustainability Standards: How to Choose the Credible Ones

For companies looking to improve their sourcing policies to ensure a sustainable supply over time and to reduce their global environmental and social impacts, one of the first steps is to opt for raw materials from a certified source. Written for for the European trade magazine, Food & Beverage International, we explore the state-of-play of certification and how it has become a major vehicle for companies to reduce their social and environmental footprints.

What Makes a Standard Credible? Learning and Continual Improvement...

How does a standard understand if its strategies are working? How does it know that the practices being transformed in order to reach compliance with that standard are actually delivering an impact on poverty, on biodiversity, on the climate, on water? How can a standard ensure that it has a monitoring and evaluation system that allows for refinement of those strategies over time, in order to improve effectiveness?

What Makes a Standard Credible? Local Applicability and Global Consistency

How does a standard make sure that when its auditors start working in a new country that the criteria fits the local situation? What if a standard used first in family-owned cocoa farms in Ecuador tried to apply the same criteria to grapple with child labour in cocoa farms in West Africa? How can a standard used in boreal forests in Canada apply its criteria to assess a forestry operation facing alleged human rights abuses in Borneo?

New report: Improving small-scale producer access to certification

Growing demand for certified products reflects a positive shift in consumers’ awareness of sustainability issues but how can this demand be met in sectors, such as agriculture and forestry, which are dominated by small-scale producers? How can individual farmers, fisherman and forest users meet the rigorous and complex requirements of certification programmes?

Governments as Users of Sustainability Standards: a Re-visit of Two Groundbreaking Studies

As ISEAL begins to prepare for a new project in partnership with the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) with a special focus on scaling up the use of sustainability standards in emerging economies, we re-visit two important studies that focused on governments’ use and support of standards.
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