Research is key to help sustainability standards understand their impact and improve their systems. Measuring, understanding and sharing the impact of sustainability standards is a priority for ISEAL.

Looking at the existing evidence on the impact of standards, we can identify key areas where more evidence on their role and contribution in enabling sustainability outcomes is needed. These insights also inform our work with ISEAL members to define and agree on priority research questions.

ISEAL has been conducting research on various cross-cutting themes to address evidence gaps and respond to the growing interest on the impacts of standards. But it is essential to build an active dialogue and foster collaboration between standards and the research community.



We are keen to collaborate with researchers, and offer a wealth of tools and resources for anyone active in the field. If you are a researcher working in the field of sustainability standards, you can get involved in our work:

  • Explore research on evidnesia. The website contains reports and evidence on the impact and business case for sustainability standards.
  • Share your research on the Sustainability Impacts Learning Platform (SILP). Access the online, public database of studies on sustainable global supply chains. Register to share your own planned, ongoing or completed research.
  • Attend research webinars. We host a regular research webinar series where researchers can present their work and discuss it with a range of stakeholders. Listen to past webinars.  
  • Join the research discussion list. The list provides updates with the latest reports and studies, methodological resources, upcoming events and calls for papers. It’s a great way to communicate with fellow researchers all over the world. 

To find out more about our work with researchers including opportunities to present your research on one of our webinars, please contact