NGOs play a vital role in balancing the interests of diverse actors in setting the sustainability agenda. ISEAL relies on their support to help steer the multi-stakeholder consultation processes behind our Codes of Good Practice and our Credibility Principles.

Social and environmental NGOs support the ISEAL community and the standards movement in a number of ways, including:

  • Contributing specialist sector knowledge when standards systems are created and improved
  • Focusing on themes such as the SDGs, living wage and regional sourcing
  • Developing tools and campaigns to encourage businesses and governments to become more sustainable, including through the use of standards and certification.

NGOs work hard to shape public policy on sustainability, and are strong advocacy partners for ISEAL and its members. In return, our knowledge of the use and development of standards means we can help NGOs transform sectors and achieve sustainability goals.