ISEAL’s thoughts on SOAS systematic review of agricultural certification schemes

SOAS recently published a systematic review of the impacts of certification on farmer and worker well-being in agricultural production.

New research shows retailers should lead the way in transforming forestry supply chains

A new WWF report finds that responsible sourcing of forest products is good for businesses. Retail companies with robust responsible sourcing policies are seeing tangible benefits.

Businesses experience range of benefits from using sustainability standards

A new report by Aidenvironment finds that sustainability standards improve market access, profitability and production for certified businesses, as well as enhance the reputation of and reduce risks for manufacturers and retailers.

Research webinars on standards' impacts- Spring/Summer 2017 programme

This webinar series is dedicated to sharing emerging research findings in the field of sustainability standards’ impacts. In these public webinars, we hear from researchers active in this field on what difference they think sustainability standards are making across different sectors and how they can improve their impact. If you are interested in sharing your own research through an ISEAL research webinar, please contact ISEAL’s Impacts Coordinator Sophie Mendes (

Webinar 11: Civil society organisations and the shaping of labour standards in emerging economies

This webinar offers insights from a major research project at the University of Manchester, UK examining the role of various actors (firms, civil society and the State) in shaping labour standards in the ‘Rising Powers’ of Brazil, China and India.

Webinar 10: Assessing the additionality of the Round Table on Responsible Soy and the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil

In this webinar, Rachael Garrett (University of Boston) examines the potential additionality of the Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS) and the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) in mitigating conversion of native vegetation to cropland.

Webinar 9: Voluntary sustainability standards and effectiveness: Mapping the field and Issues.

This webinar, presented by a team from KU Leuven explores dimensions of effectiveness relating to voluntary sustainability standards, how they interrelate (including trade-offs between dimensions) and the challenges involved in assessing effectiveness.

Webinar 8: Fairtrade certified cocoa in West Africa: Taking stock and key issues for moving ahead

This webinar, from CGIAR researchers, explores the context in which certification operates in Ghana and Cote D'Ivoire, as well as the capacities of recently established certified cocoa cooperatives and their members.

Webinar 7: Compliance processes in transnational private governance: The case of marine sustainability standards

This webinar presents a research project that examines compliance processes in transnational private sustainability governance, using marine sustainability standards as a case study.

Webinar 6: The true price of production of cocoa, coffee, tea and cotton and the role of certified products

This webinar looks at the invisible costs involved in the production of soft commodities cocoa, coffee, tea and cotton. It includes interesting insights on what differentiates certified products from conventional products.
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