Portuguese translation of the summary of the ISEAL Credibility Principles


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


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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 document outlines ISEAL's Code of Ethics. Commitment to the Code is a foundational requirement of membership. 
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.
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. 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 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.
This form is to be used in conjunction with the ISEAL Complaints Procedure
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.


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


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The 2017 Annual Report for ISEAL Alliance.
An overview of the work, aims and membership of ISEAL.


  • Business case
  • Gender and women
  • ISEAL general
  • Landscapes
  • Policy and government engagement
Global
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
A system report for Global Coffee Platform in reference to the ISEAL Impacts Code of Good Practice.
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 document outlines the different aspects of the VIA endorsement process, including instructions and templates.
A system report for the Aquaculture Stewardship Council in reference to the ISEAL Standard Setting Code of Good Practice.
A system report for Fair Trade USA in reference to the ISEAL Standard-setting code of Good Practice.
A system report for Fair Trade USA in reference to the ISEAL Assurance Code of Good Practice.
A system report for Fair Trade USA in reference to the ISEAL Impacts code of Good Practice.
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.
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.
A system report for the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative in reference to the ISEAL Standard-setting code of Good Practice.
A system report for the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative in reference to the ISEAL Assurance Code of Good Practice.
A system report for the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative in reference to the ISEAL Impacts Code of Good Practice.
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.


  • Scaleability
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. 
A system report for the Better Cotton Initiative in reference to the ISEAL Assurance Code of Good Practice.
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 is the terms of reference for the ISEAL Learning Community Criteria
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 webinar presents a white paper, carried out by Aidenvironment and commissioned by WWF and ISEAL Alliance, which aims to contribute to this evidence gap as well as provide a working definition for the concept of systemic impacts.
Organic agriculture can be a “force for good” and is considered the gold standard mode of production. However, an open conversation about the price and trade of organic cotton is urgently needed. 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.
Traditionally, governments are seen as responsible for biodiversity protection. But more and more, initiatives of private, non-state actors show a large potential to contribute to biodiversity conservation and enhancement. In this webinar, Mark Oorschot (PBL) presents the findings of the report ‘The Impact of International Cooperative Initiatives on Biodiversity’. In the report, several international cooperative initiatives were examined, mostly forest-related initiatives.
The growth and expansion of salmon production in Chile have been exponential in the last 30 years. In 2015, WWF Chile initiated a study aimed at designing and validating a methodological framework for monitoring expected changes in environmental and social issues. The objective was to identify strengths and gaps in ASC certification of salmon production and to propose recommendations for the effective implementation of ASC certification in Chile.
The Rainforest Alliance has launched a draft version for public consultation of the new sustainable agriculture standard. This is the result of a long and intense internal iteration process and constitutes a change of direction from the former UTZ and RA standards. In this new iteration of the standard, gender equality is more prominently incorporated and the approach towards human rights issues like child labor, forced labor and (gender based) abuse or harassment has changed from a “no tolerance” to a so-called “assess and address” approach.
A system report for the Better Cotton Initiative in reference to the ISEAL Impacts Code of Good Practice.
A system report for the Better Cotton Initiative in reference to the ISEAL Standard-setting code of Good Practice.
A system report for the Forest Stewardship Council in reference to the ISEAL Assurance Code of Good Practice.
A system report for the Forest Stewardship Council in reference to the ISEAL Impacts code of Good Practice.
A system report for the Forest Stewardship Council in reference to the ISEAL Standard-setting code of Good Practice.
Global Coffee Platform's latest Public System Report (PSR) for ISEAL's Impacts Code.
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.
Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials' latest Public System Report (PSR) for ISEAL's Assurance Code.
Union for Ethical Bio Trade's latest Public System Report (PSR) for ISEAL's Impacts Code.
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.


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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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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.
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 impacts 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.


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A system report for Global Coffee Platform in reference to the ISEAL Assurance Code of Good Practice.
A system report for the Aquaculture Stewardship Council in reference to the ISEAL Impacts Code of Good Practice.
A system report for Bonsucro in reference to the ISEAL Assurance Code of Good Practice.
A system report for Bonsucro in reference to the ISEAL Impacts Code of Good Practice.
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.
A system report for Golf Environment Organisation in reference to the ISEAL Assurance Code of Good Practice.
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 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 Impacts 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 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 Standard Setting 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 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 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 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.
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.
Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil's latest Public System Report (PSR) for ISEAL's Assurance Code.
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 document provides support in the interpretation of clause 5.1.2 of the ISEAL Assurance Code.


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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)
This infographic provides examples from research illustrating the positive effect of full ISEAL membership on these three key drivers of credibility.


  • Scaleability
  • Smallholders
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
Credibility Principles Brochure in Spanish (Summary)


  • ISEAL general
Global
Credibility Principles Brochure in Spanish


  • ISEAL general
Global
Guide to standard setting in Portuguese


Global
In 2012, a committee of international experts from academia, business, and civil society published ‘Toward Sustainability: The Roles and Limitations of Certification’. In addition to describing the history, key features and actors in voluntary standard systems (VSS), the report summarised the
state of knowledge regarding VSS use and their potential to achieve conservation and other goals. It
also enumerated existing evidence about VSS impacts, finding few studies and weak study designs.
A system report for LEAF in reference to the ISEAL Assurance Code of Good Practice.
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 developement 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
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. 


  • Smallholders
  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
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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. 
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.


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.


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.


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.
This factsheet explains the Demonstrating and Improving Poverty Impacts project.
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.
A webinar that explores the question of the business value of sustainability standards, and how these benefits differ for businesses along the supply chain.
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”.
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
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
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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. 


  • Member collaboration
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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.
Research webinar on the added value that LEAF Marque certification provides to farmers who are members of the system.
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.
Private sustainability standards raise expectations among consumers about the economic, ethical and environmental implications of food production and trade; and attract donor funding to certification schemes. The sustainability impact of standards remains unclear as research focuses on either economic or environmental implications. 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.
Webinar on key concepts in the development of a Theory of Change (ToC) for standard systems.


Global
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
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'.


  • Policy and government engagement
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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.
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.
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.


  • Business case
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Led by Assurance Services International (ASI) and with the support of the ISEAL Innovations Fund, a group of ISEAL members have decided to take a closer look at the potential of FIS in auditing. ASI Project Manager, Marnie Bammert, explains more about this project and how it will contribute to more efficient and effective auditing.
Despite many standards systems incorporating ILO agreements and conventions, rates for detection of forced labour remain low. This ISEAL Innovations Fund-supported project aims to identify new methods of detecting farms where the risk of forced labour is high, and offer effective solutions. Jessica Chalmers, Programme and Partnerships Manager at the Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN) explains how.
This survey of corporate actors by Globescan examines use of and attitudes about sustainability standards


  • Business case
A brief guidance note for academics, consultants, students and others researching sustainability standards.
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. The report explores the reasons behind the low uptake of sustainable palm oil in India, the world's largest importer and consumer of the edible oil.


  • Business case
  • Emerging economies
Asia
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
Job description for the position of Global Advocacy Lead with Rainforest Alliance. Deadline 02/06/19.
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.
The EU’s Renewable Energy Directive (EU RED) aims to promote the use of sustainably produced biofuels though the use of private standards and certification programmes. 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. 
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. In addition to improved extension services, the collaboration with BCI will allow Mozambican producers to meet the rapidly growing market demand for more responsible cotton. 
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. The certification process also led to wider improvements in fisheries management, with the Suriname government investing in scientific stock assessments, formal management plans and monitoring of illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing.  
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.
A coalition of ISEAL members have received a grant from the ISEAL Innovations Fund to help them take a major step towards their ambitious long-term aim of eliminating highly hazardous pesticides. Juan Carlos Isaza, Program Manager at the Global Coffee Platform, explains more about this project.
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 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.
This 2017 report by WWF and ISEAL explores how businesses can use credible voluntary sustainability standards to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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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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:
Transparency, accessibility and rigour are three key drivers of credibility. Credibility and trust are intrinsically linked; to engender trust a standards system must be credible. 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.
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. This independent research found that sustainability standards improve market access, profitability and production for certified businesses and enhance reputation while reducing risk for manufacturing and retailers.
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.
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. 


  • ISEAL general
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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 latest version (version 2, published in December 2014) of the Code of Good Practice for Assessing the Impacts of Social and Environmental Systems.
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.
ICARDA - Consultant – Environmental Governance The consultant for Environmental Governance will be part of the IKI-project “Conservation of pollinator diversity for enhanced climate change resilience” (2017-2022) within ICARDA Biodiversity and Crop Improvement Program. This project shall integrate the Farming with Alternative Pollinators (FAP) approach in the MENA-region.
LEAF is looking for a dynamic, proficient and analytical agricultural graduate to join a close knit technical team to provide technical support for its core technical services.
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.
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.
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.


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.
'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)
Global
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.
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 is offering an exciting opportunity for a proactive and well-organised individual with a keen interest in sustainability and some background in supporting effective in-person or virtual learning or training processes. 
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 is currently building on our previous work on improvement strategies by exploring what has worked and what hasn’t worked in terms of efforts to drive and measure improvements in sustainable practices. We are seeking research proposal submissions by 30 August 2019.
This ToR outlines the responsibilities and deliverables for a consultancy opportunity with ZSL’s SPOTT Programme, to support the development of a ‘business case’ for sustainable palm oil. ZSL is looking for a Consultant to carry out a systematic literature review of the links between sustainable production practices and financial returns for palm oil producers, processors and traders. 
This ToR outlines the responsibilities and deliverables for a consultancy opportunity with ZSL’s SPOTT Programme to carry out an analysis to identify potential links between SPOTT’s ESG data and company financial risk and performance measures. 
In the next stage of the Global Living Wage Coalition, the coalition envisions that two independent networks – a research network and an action network – will work in collaboration. Through strategic conversations to date, a draft vision of what this relationship could look like has been developed. ISEAL, in its role as current host of the GLWC, is requesting proposals from consultants to support the GLWC members and research partners in finalizing the shape of this next phase of collaboration and to accompany the change process. 
In the next stage of the Global Living Wage Coalition, the coalition envisions that two independent networks – a research network and an action network – will work in collaboration. Through strategic conversations to date, a draft vision of what this relationship could look like has been developed.
A system report for Global Coffee Platform in reference to the ISEAL Standard Setting Code of Good Practice.
Global Coffee Platform's latest Public System Report (PSR) for ISEAL's Standard-Setting Code.
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
ISEAL member standards systems have been collaborating on shared reporting since 2011 to better understand their collective mark on sustainability and to identify opportunities to work together to deepen impacts on people and the environment. This paper, prepared as part of the Demonstrating and Improving Poverty Impacts project, funded by the Ford Foundation, is one of three that will be produced from data pooled across ISEAL member schemes.
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.
Since ISEAL launched the Credibility Principles in 2013, the sustainability landscape has continued to evolve, shaped in part by the learning and innovations of ISEAL members. 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.


  • ISEAL general
In 2019, ISEAL launched a review of both the Impacts Code and Standard-Setting Code. Through the review, we will gather and review information regarding the usability of the codes and their effectiveness in delivering against their objectives, as well as any information that would affect the scope and objectives of the codes. 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.
ISEAL is currently developing guidance on the spatial mapping and quantification of sustainability risk. We are seeking research proposal submissions to understand risk profiling methodologies used by the financial services sector, by 14 October 2019.
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.


Global
The Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI) is one of the most utilized and respected resources for companies addressing the responsible sourcing of minerals in their supply chains.  The flagship program of the RMI, the Responsible Minerals Assurance Process (RMAP), leverages company-level assurance processes, supply chain engagement, capacity building, and partnerships to advance progressive action and contribute to positive impacts in the metals/minerals supply chain.
Minerals Initiative (RMI) is one of the most utilized and respected resources for companies addressing the responsible sourcing of minerals in their supply chains.  The flagship program of the RMI, the Responsible Minerals Assurance Process (RMAP), leverages company-level assurance processes, supply chain engagement, capacity building, and partnerships to advance progressive action and contribute to positive impacts in the metals/minerals supply chain.
What have we learned about the role of standards in supporting smallholder livelihoods? How can standards drive pro-poor outcomes? What innovations and collaborations are needed to increase the reach and impact of standards? Supporting smallholder livelihoods is a concern for many sustainability standards and supply chain initiatives. Over the last five years, ISEAL and its members have been working to understand standards’ contributions to and impacts on rural livelihoods and pro-poor development. As a result, we are in a better position to reflect on these vital questions.
A system report for the Alliance for Water Stewardship in reference to the ISEAL Impacts Code of Good Practice.
A system report for the Alliance for Water Stewardship in reference to the ISEAL Standard Setting Code of Good Practice.
A system report for the Alliance for Water Stewardship in reference to the ISEAL Assurance Code of Good Practice.
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.