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.
The latest version (version 6, revised in December 2014) of the ISEAL Code of Good Practice for Setting Social and Environmental Standards.
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.
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.
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.
This procedure outlines the process required to file a complaint against the ‘ISEAL Alliance’ (the Secretariat, Committees of the Board, ISEAL members and ISEAL subscribers) and the steps taken by the ISEAL Secretariat, and Board of Directors where warranted, to respond to and resolve complaints.
Guidelines, which have been prepared to serve as the basis for discussion on standardized procedures and protocols for the collection and management of certificate location data with the goal that these data will eventually become part of an ISEAL member Certification Atlas (CA).
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.
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.
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.
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.
This webinar explores a join ISEAL-WWF publication on how sustainability standards can help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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.
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'.
- Policy and government engagement
This brochure presents a list of critical elements to ensure that comparisons and benchmarking between standards systems are credible
An introduction to ISEAL’s Finance committee, which was established in 2006 to oversee all issues related to the financial management of ISEAL. The committee reviews for example ISEAL’s quarterly accounts, annual budgets and other issues related to ISEAL’s financial reporting and performance.
An introduction to the Membership Committee, a permanent committee of the ISEAL Board of Directors, which is responsible for member compliance with ISEAL Codes of Good Practice, forming recommendations on membership applications, and appropriate action in case of complaints against members/subscribers.
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.