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 collaborative research agenda that aims to identify key knowledge gaps and priority questions for study.


  • Business case
  • ISEAL general
  • Smallholders
  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Research webinar on the added value that LEAF Marque certification provides to farmers who are members of the system.
This survey of corporate actors by Globescan examines use of and attitudes about sustainability standards


  • Business case
Research webinar with Peter Lund-Thomsen from Copenhagen Business School on the effects of certification on farmers’ incomes, workers’ conditions and environmental pollution on cotton farms in India and Pakistan.
Portuguese translation of the summary of the ISEAL Credibility Principles
ISEAL Credibility Principles in Portuguese


Global
Trends in sustainability standards and sustainable production and consumption in Brazil.


  • Policy and government engagement
South America
An introduction to ISEAL in Portuguese


  • ISEAL general
Credibility Principles Brochure in Spanish (Summary)


  • ISEAL general
Credibility Principles Brochure in Spanish


  • ISEAL general
Guide to standard setting in Portuguese


Global
This Chinese language brochure describes the opportunities to utilise sustainability standards in the Belt and Road Initiative and as part of sustainable trade and investment. 


  • Emerging economies
  • Finance sector engagement
  • Policy and government engagement
Asia
The Chinese version of the ISEAL Impacts Code


Global
This is the Chinese verison of the ISEAL Standards Setting Code
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
Global
This webinar explores innovations that ISEAL members are involved in, including projects supported by ISEAL’s new Innovations Fund, such as blockchain and geospatial data.


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 methodological paper from ISEAL shares insights and lessons learned from three ongoing impact evaluations that completed their baseline in 2016 and are due for end line evaluation in 2019. These baseline studies are part of the Demonstrating and Improving Poverty Impacts project and were undertaken in the cotton sector in India and the coffee sector in Kenya and Indonesia.
A brief guidance note for academics, consultants, students and others researching sustainability standards.
Webinar on key concepts in the development of a Theory of Change (ToC) for standard systems.


Global
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.


Global
The latest version (version 2, published in February 2018) of the Code of Good Practice for Assuring Compliance with Social and Environmental Standards.


  • ISEAL general
Global
Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil's latest Public System Report (PSR) for ISEAL's Standard-Setting Code.
Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil's latest Public System Report (PSR) for ISEAL's Impacts Code.
'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.


  • Policy and government engagement
  • Smallholders
  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil's latest Public System Report (PSR) for ISEAL's Assurance Code.
What is a sustainability standard? Video in Spanish.


  • ISEAL general
Webinar on how to establish strong credible standards in Spanish.
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.
An introduction to ISEAL’s Technical Committee. The Technical Committee is a permanent sub-committee of the ISEAL Board that is responsible primarily for technical oversight of the ISEAL Codes of Good Practice and other Credibility Tools.
This document outlines ISEAL's Code of Ethics. Commitment to the Code is a foundational requirement of membership.


  • ISEAL general
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.


  • ISEAL governance
This brochure presents a list of critical elements to ensure that comparisons and benchmarking between standards systems are credible


Global
Statement by the Global Living Wage Coalition about what these organisations have committed to, how they define living wage and why they have decided to focus on it in their respective labour standards.
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.


  • ISEAL governance
This report is written as a resource for any organizations seeking to stimulate demand for the use of sustainability standards and certified products in Brazil, China and India


  • Policy and government engagement
Global
A system report for Textile Exchange in reference to the ISEAL Standard Setting Code of Good Practice.
A system report for Textile Exchange in reference to the ISEAL Impacts Code of Good Practice.
A system report for Textile Exchange in reference to the ISEAL Assurance Code of Good Practice.
This webinar shows how a focus on data and information management in assurance can improve both the effectiveness of the assurance process and the value of that process for certifying enterprise, supply chain actors and the scheme owners themselves.
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.


  • ISEAL governance
Global
Use this template to complete your Compliance Checklist for the Assurance Code.


  • ISEAL general
Global
What is the role that standards systems play in changing the practices of certified entities? How effective are standards systems in driving change in practices over time? This webinar explores these questions and delves into the findings of a new research review conducted by the University of Oxford and 3Keel consultants.
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.


  • ISEAL general
This form is to be used in conjunction with the ISEAL Complaints Procedure


  • ISEAL general
This brochure outlines the ten principles for credible and effective sustainability standards systems.
Interpretation of the clause 6.4.3 on recognition of existing standards.


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


Global
Read a summary of the ISEAL Credibility Principles - a global agreement on how to identify credible standards systems.
The 2017 Annual Report for ISEAL Alliance.


  • ISEAL general
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.


  • ISEAL general
  • Member collaboration
  • Scaleability
Global
In this video, small producers report on the impact sustainability standards have had on their life. 
This 2014 report, prepared by Centre for Responsible Business with the support of ISEAL, analyses the landscape for the import and use of sustainable palm oil in India, looking at major drivers for and gaps in domestic demand.


  • Business case
  • Emerging economies
Asia
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 document summarises the results of a pilot project coordinated by ISEAL to face the challenge of communicating the impacts of standards. It also reflects on the value of this pilot as a rich learning experience for all the individuals involved.
A concise document that outlines the key lessons learned from the VIA Initiative.
This report 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.
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 system report for the Aquaculture Stewardship Council in reference to the ISEAL Standard Setting Code of Good Practice.
This webinar explores opportunities for increasing interoperability of sustainability standards based on research on standards in the metals, minerals and mining sector. 


  • Member collaboration
Global
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 report 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.
Fair Trade USA's latest Public System Report (PSR) for ISEAL's Standard-Setting Code.
Fair Trade USA's latest Public System Report (PSR) for ISEAL's Assurance Code.
Fair Trade USA's latest Public System Report (PSR) for ISEAL's Impacts Code.
IFFO RS' latest Public System Report (PSR) for ISEAL's Impacts Code.
IFFO RS' latest Public System Report (PSR) for ISEAL's Assurance Code.
IFFO RS' latest Public System Report (PSR) for ISEAL's Standard-Setting Code.
A system report for the Aquaculture Stewardship Council in reference to the ISEAL Impacts Code of Good Practice.
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
  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Global
A system report for the Alliance for Water Stewardship in reference to the ISEAL Assurance Code of Good Practice.
Global Infrastructure Basel's latest Public System Report (PSR) for ISEAL's Standard-Setting Code.
Global Infrastructure Basel's latest Public System Report (PSR) for ISEAL's Impacts Code.
Union for Ethical Bio Trade's latest Public System Report (PSR) for ISEAL's Impacts Code.
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.


  • Member collaboration
Global
This webinar explores approaches for voluntary sustainability standards to embed sustainability in China's overseas development strategy, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).


  • Emerging economies
  • Member collaboration
  • Policy and government engagement
  • Scaleability
Global
Aluminium Stewardship Initiative's latest Public System Report (PSR) for ISEAL's Standard-Setting Code.
Aluminium Stewardship Initiative's latest Public System Report (PSR) for ISEAL's Assurance Code.
Aluminium Stewardship Initiative's latest Public System Report (PSR) for ISEAL's Impacts Code.
This infographic provides examples from research illustrating the positive effect of full ISEAL membership on these three key drivers of credibility.


  • Scaleability
  • Smallholders
In this report ISEAL offers insights from three baselines of evaluations that it commissioned in 2015 and were published in June 2016
This document describes what is necessary to demonstrate compliance with ISO/IEC 17011:2004 and show continued compliance over time
A system report for the Alliance for Water Stewardship in reference to the ISEAL Impacts Code of Good Practice.
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. 


  • Smallholders
  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Report on ISEAL member collaboration on shared impact reporting.


  • Member collaboration
This document highlights news and insights from the world of sustainability measurements for ISEAL members, paying special attention to indicators and metrics.


Global
This factsheet explains the Demonstrating and Improving Poverty Impacts project.


  • Member collaboration
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.


  • Scaleability
Global
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”.
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”.
A system report for the Alliance for Water Stewardship in reference to the ISEAL Standard Setting Code of Good Practice.
In this webinar, Equitable Origin shares the insights gained and outputs generated from a ten month project funded by the ISEAL Innovations Fund to explore how FPIC processes could be better monitored and verified. The right to free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) is a key principle of international human rights law.
This animated video introduces the concept of FPIC and the insights gained from the workshops we conducted with Indigenous Peoples' leaders in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. Equitable Origin has conducted a 10 month research project to explore how voluntary sustainability standards can better verify and monitor Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) processes.
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.
A report of a series of field tests conducted by ASI regarding the usage of GIS during audits in Germany, Russia and Malaysia. Result of the report is a self-starter kit, exploring and explaining different tools aiming to help auditors integrate GIS into their audit routine.
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.


Global
A webinar on ASI’s project on how to strengthen audits through the usage of GIS.
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.
This report documents ideas for how certifiers can leverage blockchain technology to reduce audit inefficiency, create a single source of truth for chain of custody (CoC) tracking and support sustainability data reporting. 
A collection of background materials explaining the basics about blockchain technology.


  • Business case
Global
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).


  • Landscapes
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. 
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”.
可持续标准体系须符合哪些原则才能产生积极影响?
A system report for the Better Cotton Initiative in reference to the ISEAL Assurance Code of Good Practice.
An introduction to comparing and benchmarking sustainability standards systems
Voluntary sustainability standards have the potential to deliver impacts that go beyond individual certified operations and effect wider systemic changes, according to new research published by WWF and ISEAL. These ‘systemic impacts’ help to create an enabling environment for production and consumption practices that benefit people and the planet, and contribute toward the Sustainable Development Goals.


  • ISEAL general
  • Scaleability
The shift in recent years towards a more sustainable global economy has seen an increasing focus on how businesses address human rights and potential labour exploitation in their supply chains. Companies are now expected to go beyond public commitments, and face the task of operationalising human rights policies in a transparent fashion. Credible standards organisations have proven to be important tools to bridge the implementation gap of these policies, raising the question of how standards systems are equipped to identify forced labour and what happens when cases are detected.
In this webinar, Koen Vanderhaegen (KU Leuven) presents the learnings from a research on both the socio-economic and environmental impacts of coffee standards in Uganda.
This webinar presents a white paper, which aims to contribute evidence of VSS impacts as well as provide a working definition for the concept of systemic impacts.
This webinar presents the paper ‘Conservation Impacts of Voluntary Sustainability standards: How Has our Understanding of conservation impacts changed since the 2012 Publication of “Toward Sustainability: The Roles and Limitations of Certification”?’.
This webinar shares the intentions and key findings behind Kering’s and Textile Exchange’s report ‘A world beyond certification – A best practices guide for organic cotton trading models’ which provides insight on the subject.
In this webinar, Mark Oorschot (PBL) presents the findings of the report ‘The Impact of International Cooperative Initiatives on Biodiversity’.
This webinar presents the results of the study after three years of project implementation and shares recommendations for how ASC certification can have a more visible positive impact in the region.
Understanding whether sustainability standards make a difference on the ground is an ongoing concern for sustainability standards and for the many businesses and governments that rely on them to operationalize sustainability in supply chains and landscapes.
A conversation with Danielle Burt on the Gender Equality and Empowerment Benchmark developed by the World Benchmarking Alliance (WBA). Sanjiv Singh (ASI), Chris Grieve (EDGE Certification) and Magali Barraja (BSR), on the discussion panel, will share their thoughts on this initiative.
Rainforest Alliance reports on and receives feedback for their public consultation on the new sustainable agriculture standard.


  • Gender and women
Better Cotton Initiative's latest Public System Report (PSR) for ISEAL's Impacts Code.
This ISEAL webinar discussed the challenges and lessons learnt from our consultation on sustainability benchmarking good practices


  • Policy and government engagement
This is a conceptual framework which outlines the justification and process for the development of the ISEAL Common Core Indicators. This work began as part of ISEAL's Developing and Improving Poverty Impacts project (DIPI).
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.


  • Landscapes
  • Scaleability
Global
Learn how a partnership between the government of the world’s largest coffee producing state – Minas Gerais – and the world’s largest voluntary standard for coffee, UTZ Certified, enables producers access to high-value markets while scaling-up more sustainable production practices.


  • Policy and government engagement
South America
This case-study explains how the policy – which is currently under revision – needs to do more to distinguish between low-bar standards and more comprehensive, credible standards – which is needed to foster a ‘race to the top’ in more sustainable biofuel production. 


  • Policy and government engagement
Europe
In Mozambique, the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) has assisted the country’s policy-makers in adjusting its rules for cotton concessions to achieve higher yields while improving on sustainability aspects.


  • Policy and government engagement
Africa
Learn how the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and a coalition of stakeholders enabled Suriname’s seabob fishery to become the first MSC certified shrimp fishery in the tropics.


  • Policy and government engagement
South America
To tackle deforestation, the Peruvian government is promoting sustainable forest management by incentivising certification through reductions in yearly lease payments on concessions. Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification has rapidly grown to complement this government regulation, leading to positive impacts on the environment, community relations, and the rights of indigenous peoples.


  • Policy and government engagement
South America
This infographic provides examples, from recent research, that illustrate the positive effect of full ISEAL membership on transparency, accessibility and rigour of a standards system.


  • Business case
This infographic illustrates the findings of the Aidenvironment research, commissioned by ISEAL Alliance, which analysed 40 studies to identify the benefits businesses gain from using sustainability standards and the related influential factors across the agricultural, fishery, mining and forestry sectors.


  • Business case
This is one of three infographics that illustrate how the adoption of sustainability standards can contribute towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The examples, based on research of ISEAL members’ impacts, cover:
This is one of three infographics that illustrate how the adoption of sustainability standards can contribute towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The examples, based on research of ISEAL members’ impacts, cover:
This is one of three infographics that illustrate how the adoption of sustainability standards can contribute towards achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The examples, based on research of ISEAL members’ impacts, cover:
This infographic illustrates how certified commodities have lower external costs benefiting farmers, the environment and society.
The highest aim of the ISEAL Alliance is to improve impacts for people and the environment. ISEAL supports standards to measure their performance and put learning and improvement at the centre of their work. Sustainability schemes, such as those in the ISEAL community, address significant challenges in the world today and are one of the few proven vehicles for making production and trade more sustainable.
This white paper aims to contribute evidence of VSS impacts as well as provide a working definition for the concept of systemic impacts.
This 4 pager aims to contribute evidence of VSS impacts 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.
This ISEAL commissioned report, carried out by 3keel and the University of Oxford, aims to understand the effectiveness of sustainability standards and certification tools in driving the adoption of more sustainable practices in certified entities, thereby contributing to the achievement of key sustainability outcomes.
This 2017 report by Aidenvironment and commissioned by ISEAL, reviews the business benefits that using sustainability standards can deliver to various business entities along the length of the supply chain. It also aims to gain understanding on how benefits materialise and the limitations to the delivery of such benefits.
Spanish translation of 2017 report summary by Aidenvironment and commissioned by ISEAL on the business benefits that using sustainability standards can deliver to various business entities along the length of the supply chain.
This 2017 ISEAL report demonstrates how sustainability standards that are ISEAL members are already contributing to the SDGs, pulling together evidence, primarily from members’ evaluation studies and monitoring data and select external sources, of how certification is driving positive economic, social and environmental impacts in many sectors, resulting in measurable progress toward SDG targets.


  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
A system report for the Better Cotton Initiative in reference to the ISEAL Standard-setting code of Good Practice.
This 2017 report by WWF and ISEAL explores how businesses can use credible voluntary sustainability standards to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Global
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.


  • ISEAL general
Global
The latest version (version 2, published in December 2014) of the Code of Good Practice for Assessing the Impacts of Social and Environmental Systems.
Benchmarking guide for analysing or evaluating sustainability initiatives or performance.
Description of ISEALs benchmarking consultation in Spanish.
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.
A system report for Bonsucro in reference to the ISEAL Assurance Code of Good Practice.
In 2019, we launched a review of the principles to find out how they have been used and adopted. The outcome of the review will decide whether the principles need to be revised to adapt to new international frameworks and norms, changing stakeholder expectations or innovations in sustainability tools, and, if so, the scope of the revision. This document contains information about the review objectives, process and opportunities for involvement.


  • ISEAL general
In 2019, ISEAL launched a review of both the Impacts Code and Standard-Setting Code. The results of the review will inform the revision of the codes in 2020. This document contains information about the review objectives, process and opportunities for involvement.
This checklist distils key steps in the guidance for setting up and implementing a sustainability benchmarking exercise or programme.


  • Policy and government engagement
Experts from ISEAL, and ISEAL members discuss what our research is telling us about the reach, contribution and impacts of standards on smallholder farmers and what this means for future innovations and partnerships.
In this podcast, Jeffrey Neilson from the University of Sydney discusses the research report on the Evaluation of the Impacts of Sustainability Standards on Smallholder Coffee Farmers in Southern Sumatra, Indonesia published in 2019. The study examines the impacts of sustainability standards on the livelihoods and poverty status of smallholder Robusta coffee farmers in Sumatra, Indonesia.
In this podcast, Carlos de los Rios from COSA discusses the final research report from an impact evaluation on the Impacts of Certification on Small Coffee Farmers Western Kenya, 2014-2017. The report was published in 2019. ISEAL and its members are working together on the Demonstrating and Improving Poverty Impacts (DIPI) program, to understand the contribution that certification systems can make to poverty alleviation and pro-poor development. ISEAL commissioned an evaluation to identify whether and how certification contributes to improving farmer livelihoods.
This document outlines one-off and annual fees for ISEAL membership for the 2020 calendar year. This includes fees for associate member applications, peer review and independent evaluations.


  • ISEAL general
A system report for Bonsucro in reference to the ISEAL Impacts Code of Good Practice.
Guide on donor visibility within communications about the innovations fund.
Guide on applications for the Landscape Grants
A sample of documents needed for an application to the Landscape Grants.


  • Landscapes
These terms of reference cover the formation, responsibilities, aims and operation of the Steering Group with respect to the revision and approval of ISEAL’s Credibility Principles in 2020.
ISEAL is seeking qualified professionals to join the Credibility Principles Steering Group to support with the revision of ISEAL’s Credibility Principles in 2020. The deadline to submit this application and CV is 15 January 2020.
In 2019, ISEAL carried out a review of the Credibility Principles to determine if the Credibility Principles require revision. This document outlines the findings from the review, which determined that there is a need to revise the Credibility Principles.
In 2019, ISEAL carried out a review of the Credibility Principles in order to determine if they require revision. The findings of the review informed the decision to proceed to revision of the principles. This documents outlines the revised terms of reference for the Credibility Principles and the timeline for the revision in 2020.
In 2019, ISEAL carried out a review of the Standard-Setting and Impacts Codes. Through the review, ISEAL gathered information regarding the usability of the Codes, their effectiveness in delivering against their objectives, as well as their scope and objectives. This document details the activities carried out as part of the review and the findings.
This desk research is an output from the Delta Framework, an ISEAL Innovations Fund supported project that is developing a cross-commodity framework for sustainability monitoring and reporting.


  • Member collaboration
This briefing note captures broader insights from a project ISEAL implemented with support from the German International Development Agency GIZ in 2018-2019, in which we explored the implications and linkages between corporate due diligence processes and voluntary sustainability standards.


Global
ISEAL is seeking proposals from technology contractors to design and implement a new ISEAL online community platform, as well as provide strategic recommendations to ISEAL on in-house maintenance of the platform’s technology components and for optimal, ongoing operation of the platform.


  • ISEAL general
Credible sustainability standards have created tried and tested structures for operationalising sustainability across various regions, sectors and supply chains. How can governments and businesses capitalise on their success to proactively drive sustainability? Join ISEAL, ISEAL members, and other benchmarking experts as we discuss how rigorous, transparent and consistent benchmarking can help to operationalise due diligence requirements and make sustainability tools more accessible. Our experienced panellists discussed the aims behind the development of these benchmarking frameworks, how to ensure they encourage adoption of credible standards among governments and businesses, and possible paths forward – as well as referencing available tools and guidance.
A system report for Bonsucro in reference to the ISEAL Standard Setting Code of Good Practice.
A system report for Fairtrade International in reference to the ISEAL Assurance Code of Good Practice.
A system report for Fairtrade International in reference to the ISEAL Impacts Code of Good Practice.
A system report for Fairtrade International in reference to the ISEAL Standard Setting Code of Good Practice.
Forest Stewardship Council's latest Public System Report (PSR) for ISEAL's Assurance Code.
A system report for the Forest Stewardship Council in reference to the ISEAL Impacts code of Good Practice.
Forest Stewardship Council's latest Public System Report (PSR) for ISEAL's Standard-Setting Code.
A system report for Golf Environment Organisation in reference to the ISEAL Standard Setting Code of Good Practice.
A system report for GoodWeave in reference to the ISEAL Assurance Code of Good Practice.
A system report for GoodWeave in reference to the ISEAL Standard Setting Code of Good Practice.
A system report for LEAF in reference to the ISEAL Assurance Code of Good Practice.
A system report for LEAF in reference to the ISEAL Impacts Code of Good Practice.
A system report for LEAF in reference to the ISEAL Standard Setting Code of Good Practice.
A system report for Marine Stewardship Council in reference to the ISEAL Assurance Code of Good Practice.
A system report for Marine Stewardship Council in reference to the ISEAL Impacts Code of Good Practice.
A system report for Marine Stewardship Council in reference to the ISEAL Standard Setting Code of Good Practice.
Rainforest Alliance's latest Public System Report (PSR) for ISEAL's Assurance Code.
Rainforest Alliance's latest Public System Report (PSR) for ISEAL's Impacts Code.
 
Rainforest Alliance's latest Public System Report (PSR) for ISEAL's Standard-Setting Code.
A system report for Responsible Jewellery Council in reference to the ISEAL Assurance Code of Good Practice.
A system report for Responsible Jewellery Council in reference to the ISEAL Impacts Code of Good Practice.
A system report for Responsible Jewellery Council in reference to the ISEAL Standard Setting Code of Good Practice.
Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials' latest Public System Report (PSR) for ISEAL's Assurance Code.
Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials' latest Public System Report (PSR) for ISEAL's Impacts Code.
Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials' latest Public System Report (PSR) for ISEAL's Standard-Setting Code.
Union for Ethical Bio Trade's latest Public System Report (PSR) for ISEAL's Impacts Code.
Union for Ethical Bio Trade's latest Public System Report (PSR) for ISEAL's Assurance Code.
Union for Ethical Bio Trade's latest Public System Report (PSR) for ISEAL's Standard-Setting Code.
A system report for UTZ in reference to the ISEAL Assurance Code of Good Practice.
A system report for UTZ in reference to the ISEAL Impacts Code of Good Practice.
A system report for UTZ in reference to the ISEAL Standard Setting Code of Good Practice.
A system report for the Aquaculture Stewardship Council in reference to the ISEAL Assurance Code of Good Practice.
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.


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


  • ISEAL general
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 general
Global
Use this template to complete your Compliance Checklist for the Standard-Setting Code.


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


Global
This is the latest version (version 4, December 2015) of the procedure describing the development and revision process for ISEAL's Codes of Good Practice.


  • ISEAL governance
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.
In this webinar, Patrick Mallet, Director of Innovations at ISEAL, presents the newest approaches to data and other tools to build trust in supply chains.
This webinar discusses the report from WWF and ISEAL 'SDGs mean business: How credible standards can help deliver the 2030 Agenda'.
A webinar that explores the question of the business value of sustainability standards, and how these benefits differ for businesses along the supply chain.
This webinar looks at the critical factors that help independent assurance programmes be credible and effective. Member examples, including RSPO, are used.
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.
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.


  • ISEAL general
Global
A system report for Golf Environment Organisation in reference to the ISEAL Impacts Code of Good Practice.
A system report for Golf Environment Organisation in reference to the ISEAL Assurance Code of Good Practice.
A system report for Global Coffee Platform in reference to ISEAL's Standard-Setting Code of Good Practice.
A system report for Global Coffee Platform in reference to ISEAL's Impacts Code of Good Practice.
A system report for Global Coffee Platform in reference to the ISEAL Assurance Code of Good Practice.
A system report for GoodWeave in reference to the ISEAL Impacts Code of Good Practice.
This is the programme for the 2020 Global Sustainability Standards Symposium on 3 June. 


  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
The latest version of ISEAL's Training and Events Terms & Conditions.