Impacts Code Revision

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The ISEAL Impacts Code was first published in June 2010. Following the procedures for developing and revising ISEAL Codes of Good Practice, a stakeholder consultation process for revising the Impacts Code was held from October 2013 until May 2014. The revision process included two public consultation periods of 60-days each.

All standard-setting organisations that are members of the ISEAL Alliance commit to implementing the Impacts Code. Formally called the Code of Good Practice for Assessing the Impacts of Social and Environmental Standards Systems, it sets out a framework for sustainability standards to build monitoring and evaluations systems capable of evaluating their effectiveness and incorporating learning into improvement.

Second Consultation now closed

The final draft version 2.0 of the Impacts Code is being considered by the ISEAL Technical Committee on 23 May.  A final decision on approval, based on the quality of the consultation process followed, will be taken by the ISEAL Board at their meeting on 30 September, 2014.

Read Draft version 2.0 May, 2014

Consultation Documents

Sample issues

After a few years of implementation, ISEAL members have identified some issues they would like to discuss in the Impacts Code revision. Here is a sample of the issues that will be investigated:

  • Ensuring consistency with other ISEAL Codes and with the Credibility Principles
  • Confusing language and clauses
  • Burdensome sections/clauses in the Code
  • Clarifying what level of detail should be in the Code and what should be guidance
  • Confirming / modifying allocation of different code clauses to baseline, improvement, aspirational criteria (new Code compliance approach)
  • Any additional aspects that are missing in the Code that could be added – including good practice aspects that could be aspirational, rather than normative.

More information

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