Portuguese translation of the summary of the ISEAL Credibility Principles


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The Chinese version of the ISEAL Impacts Code


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This is the Chinese verison of the ISEAL Standards Setting Code


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This form should be completed by standard-setting organisations to apply for ISEAL membership. The accompanying checklist outlines the supporting evidence, which is required, for an organisation to demonstrate that it meets the membership eligibility criteria and code compliance requirements.


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The latest version (version 6, revised in December 2014) of the ISEAL Code of Good Practice for Setting Social and Environmental Standards.


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The latest version (version 2.0 , published in February 2018) of the Assurance Code is to provide a framework for credible assurance that is delivered consistently by sustainability standards systems, so as to improve the effectiveness of their assurance models in contributing to their intended sustainability impacts.


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This guidance developed by ISEAL on Chain of Custody (CoC) System is a reference document for sustainability standards systems that complements ISEAL's Sustainability Claims Good Practice Guide.


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ISEAL Board and Committee members and ISEAL staff should conduct themselves at all times in accordance with good professional judgement for the benefit of ISEAL and in such manner as to not create a conflict of interest or appearance of such conflict.


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Use this template to complete your Compliance Checklist for the Assurance Code. Please note this is version 2 of the Assurance Code. For membership applications in 2018, you may apply with version 1 or version 2. From 2019 all applications must be made using version 2.


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There are a myriad of 'sustainability claims' in the market today. The Good Practice Guide was developed through a multi-stakeholder consultation process to define good practice for scheme owners in setting and managing claims about their standards system.


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This document outlines the ten principles for credible and effective sustainability standards systems, developed through global multi-stakeholder consultation. 


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This interpretation seeks to clarify the basis on which a standard-setting organisation can recognise an existing standard as partially or fully equivalent, during the standardsetting or revision process.


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This brochure summarises the ten principles for credible and effective sustainability standards systems, developed through global multi-stakeholder consultation. 


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An overview of the work, aims and membership of ISEAL.


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This document highlight's ISEAL's priorities up to 2020, working to advance the shared 2025 vision for the standards movement, including commitments and strategic priorities.


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A system report for the Aquaculture Stewardship Council in reference to the ISEAL Standard Setting Code of Good Practice.
The framework can help sustainability standards and other sustainability initiatives navigate the types and intensity of collaboration and interoperability using the metals, minerals and mining sectors as examples.
This document highlights news and insights from the world


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The paper provides insights on growth trends and geographic presence of seven ISEAL member schemes that are leading global agricultural standards across seven commodities. We focus on trends and presence in producing and exporting countries where these schemes are adopted, with a specific interest in presence in low and lower-income classified countries.


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A description of the phase 4 pilots of the Certification Atlas project. The purpose of these pilots was to explore some geospatial analysis options. This is an effort to help develop GIS understanding and capacity, promote its use and think about the end-goal Certification Atlas. 
This is a summary of the October 2018 first round of ISEAL's strategic membership review consultation on entry and progress requirements. 


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This procedure outlines the process for submitting a membership application for standard-setting organisations, how the application will be evaluated and the subsequent steps required to make a final decision on the outcome of the application.


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This document outlines the eligibility and compliance requirements for ISEAL membership that apply to standard-setting and accreditation bodies.


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This document outlines the steps for ISEAL standard-setting members to reach compliance with each of the three Codes of Good Practice (Standard-Setting, Impacts and Assurance) within given time frames, and how compliance will be assessed.


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Use this template to complete your Compliance Checklist for the Standard-Setting Code.


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Use this template to complete your Compliance Checklist for the Impacts Code.


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The latest version (version 2, November 2017) of ISEAL's Training and Events Terms & Conditions.


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ISEAL members produce and annually update a Public System Report for each of the ISEAL Codes. This document outlines the structure that must be followed for the Standard-Setting code, and lists the required information that must be included.


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ISEAL members produce and annually update a Public System Report for each of the ISEAL Codes. This document outlines the structure that must be followed for the assurance code, and lists the required information that must be included.


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This document provides support in the interpretation of clause 5.1.2 of the ISEAL Assurance Code.


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ISEAL Credibility Principles in Portuguese


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Credibility Principles Brochure in Spanish (Summary)


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Credibility Principles Brochure in Spanish


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Guide to standard setting in Portuguese


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In this webinar we will present and discuss the latest findings from a new ISEAL-WWF paper that aims to unpack assurance, verification and claims-making at a landscape and jurisdictional level.


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A webinar about new research on the role standards systems can play in helping companies meet zero deforestation commitments through innovative approaches to monitoring of landscapes.
Landscape, jurisdictional and other regional approaches are gaining momentum as potential tools for scaling-up the sustainable sourcing of commodities. This briefing aims to assist sustainability standards in assessing these new approaches by providing background information and five ‘entry points’ for exploring potential engagement.
This report first examines how standards systems are being applied to landscapes and jurisdictions. It then explores factors that are important to the effective application of sustainability strategies at a landscape level and identifies opportunities to strengthen the role that standards systems can play in implementing those strategies.
A Report produced for the ISEAL Alliance Innovations Fund project “Integrating new data to improve risk assessments and detection of forced labour vulnerability in agricultural supply chains”.
This report explores the relevance of current trends in technology to sustainability standards – from mobile data collection and the internet of things, to open data and blockchains – and proposes a roadmap for development. 


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Juan Isaza, Program Manager, explains what the IPM Coalition is and how this initiative will accelerate the elimination of highly hazardous pesticide usage throughout the world.
A webinar on ASI’s project on how to strengthen audits through the usage of GIS. ASI tested different GIS software and applications to produce a manual to build capacities with auditors on using GIS and make their audits more effective and efficient.
Moving towards an outcome-based standard creates the opportunity for LEAF to communicate more closely on the impacts of implementing the LEAF Marque Standard, measuring outcomes directly rather than proxying them with practices.
Joshua Wickerham, ISEAL Policy & Outreach Manager, guides us through key insights from the producer needs survey, with input from Stefano Savi from the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and Rosario Galan from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). We also discuss RSPO’s and FSC’s smallholder strategies and lessons learnt from the survey findings.
This webinar looks at the critical factors that help independent assurance programmes be credible and effective. Member examples, including RSPO, are used.
The ISEAL-funded research project Integrating new data to improve risk assessments and detection of forced labour in agricultural supply chains (2017 – 18) is an attempt to build the evidence base around monitoring and remediating forced labour in agricultural supply chains.
A working paper for the project “New data to detect forced labour in agriculture”.
This webinar explores approaches for voluntary sustainability standards to embed sustainability in China's overseas development strategy, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).


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  • Policy and government engagement
  • Scaleability
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This webinar explores a join ISEAL-WWF publication on how sustainability standards can help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 
This webinar explores opportunities for increasing interoperability of sustainability standards based on research on standards in the metals, minerals and mining sector. 


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Webinar on key concepts in the development of a Theory of Change (ToC) for standard systems.


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This brief video shows you how claims and labels need to be truthful and should have language that tells us what has actually been achieved.


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This legal opinion provides an analysis of the claims that ISEAL Alliance can make in respect of the conformity of private sustainability standards with the principles and disciplines as laid down by the World Trade Organization. 


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This paper, published in 2006, from the ISEAL Alliance and the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) in Geneva summarises the findings of two legal opinions regarding the ability of governments to reference existing voluntary international standards in relation to technical regulations relating to trade and, in particular, the implications in terms of possible 'technical barriers to trade'.


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This executive summary offers lessons learned on how interoperability of sustainability standards in the metals, minerals and metals (MMM) sectors can help standards systems in other sectors. In particular, it explores how MMM, forestry and agriculture standards can enhance collaboration and improve sustainability impacts through interoperability.
This executive summary looks at the issues facing small certified producers and their expectations and experiences of certification, and explores how standards can address producers' needs and priorities. It includes interviews with certified producers to understand their needs.
A collection of background materials explaining the basics about blockchain technology. The collection also includes examples of how blockchain already came to an active use in VSS, helping standards be more transparent, traceable and preventing slavery and overfishing in the production of Tuna.


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The factsheet explains why the Working Group is focusing on gender and sustainability standards and what role VSS can play in supporting gender equality and female empowerment.


  • Gender and women
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Explore the interactive Certification Atlas story maps, which demonstrate what kind of analyses are possible, when data across multiple certification schemes is combined.
An introduction to the new GIS self-starter kit, which gives a glimpse of the possibilities of GIS and how the tools can be integrated into audit routines. The self-starter kit explains what GIS is, introduces some commonly used GIS software and applications and describes how to use them.
This brochure presents a list of critical elements to ensure that comparisons and benchmarking between standards systems are credible


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This background document explains what benchmarking is and why it's important for anyone involved in sustainability. In addition to giving various examples, we summarize key elements from ISEAL's draft Sustainability Benchmarking Good Practice Guide - which is available here: www.isealalliance.org/benchmarking
This document outlines one-off and annual fees for ISEAL membership for the 2019 calendar year. This includes fees for associate member applications, peer review and independent evaluations.


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VSS are known to have a positive impact in areas where certified entities operate but VSS can also influence the enabling environment. There is not yet a lot of evidence of these so-called systemic impacts of VSS on the enabling environment. This white paper, produced by Aidenvironment and commissioned by WWF and ISEAL, aims to contribute to this evidence gap as well as provide a working definition for the concept of systemic impacts. 


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VSS are known to have a positive impact in areas where certified entities operate but VSS can also influence the enabling environment. There is not yet a lot of evidence of these so-called systemic impacts of VSS on the enabling environment. This 4 pager, produced by Aidenvironment and commissioned by WWF and ISEAL, aims to contribute to this evidence gap as well as provide a working definition for the concept of systemic impacts. 
Voluntary sustainability standards are an important means of providing assurance that products and materials traded in complex, global supply chains have been produced in an ethical and environmentally benign way. Understanding what these standards deliver on the ground is an important part of the debate about their ongoing relevance.
ISEAL’s 2018 Annual Report reflects on the year’s most significant developments and achievements to support credible practices. Download a  pdf of the report.
The presentation given by Kristin Komives and Vidya Rangan at the Global Sutainability Standards Symposium 2019, running through the current state of available evidence on the impacts of sustainability standards and similar systems.
'The changing nature of trust and the role of credible standards' presented by Karin Kreider, ISEAL’s Executive Director, Joe Wozniak from International Trade Centre and Philip Schleifer from University of Amsterdam.


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