ISEAL’s aims to strengthen sustainability standards systems for the benefit of people and the planet
ISEAL members are improving their standards and innovating to respond to changing expectations
ISEAL offers training and support services to support the development and use of credible standards
How to become an ISEAL member - the pathway in practice
Join the ISEAL community and enjoy subscriber benefits
Giving workers a decent standard of living through a coalition of seven standards systems
Credible sustainability standards as SDG indicators


An alliance for improving smallholder incomes founded by GIZ, Sustainable Food Lab and ISEAL
ISEAL’s experts deliver interactive, example-based training workshops several times a year
This survey of corporate actors by Globescan examines use of and attitudes about sustainability standards
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This webinar, presents a pioneering effort to assess the state of the ‘blue economy’ – specifically focusing on major marine and freshwater sustainability-oriented certification initiatives.
ISEAL Credibility Principles in Portuguese
Trends in sustainability standards and sustainable production and consumption in Brazil.
An introduction to ISEAL in Portuguese
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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. 
This is the Chinese verison of the ISEAL Standards Setting Code
This webinar presents research which compared three national and three voluntary shrimp aquaculture certification programs for their adherence to environmental criteria, assessing the breadth and depth of the six certification programs.
ISEAL's work in China, Latin America and India
Summary of the Business Benefits of Standards Report in Spanish
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'.
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.
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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. 
ISEAL members are committed to continuous improvement, collaboration and innovation
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.
The latest version (version 2, published in February 2018) of the Code of Good Practice for Assuring Compliance with Social and Environmental Standards.
Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil's latest Public System Report (PSR) for ISEAL's Standard-Setting Code.
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'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.
Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil's latest Public System Report (PSR) for ISEAL's Assurance Code.
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What is a sustainability standard? Video in Spanish.
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.
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.
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.
Expand the reach of your business with sustainability standards leadership
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
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 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.
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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.
Use this template to complete your Compliance Checklist for the Assurance Code.
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.
This form is to be used in conjunction with the ISEAL Complaints Procedure
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.
Read a summary of the ISEAL Credibility Principles - a global agreement on how to identify credible standards systems.
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.
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 Standard Setting Code of Good Practice.
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.
IFFO RS' latest Public System Report (PSR) for ISEAL's Assurance 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.
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.
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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.
This webinar explores approaches for voluntary sustainability standards to embed sustainability in China's overseas development strategy, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
Aluminium Stewardship Initiative's latest Public System Report (PSR) for ISEAL's Standard-Setting Code.
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Aluminium Stewardship Initiative's latest Public System Report (PSR) for ISEAL's Assurance Code.
In this report ISEAL offers insights from three baselines of evaluations that it commissioned in 2015 and were published in June 2016
Voluntary sustainability standards have the potential to deliver impacts that go beyond individual certified operations and effect wider systemic changes.
This document describes what is necessary to demonstrate compliance with ISO/IEC 17011:2004 and show continued compliance over time
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. 
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 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.
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.
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.
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).
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. 
Best known as the technology behind cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, blockchain is set to revolutionise many areas of life and work over the coming years.
标准体系须符合哪些原则才能产生积极影响?
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可持续标准体系须符合哪些原则才能产生积极影响?
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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
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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 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.
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.
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.
This ISEAL webinar discussed the challenges and lessons learnt from our consultation on sustainability benchmarking good practices
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The examples, based on research of ISEAL members’ impacts, cover:
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.
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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).
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.
Benchmarking guide for analysing or evaluating sustainability initiatives or performance.
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Description of ISEALs benchmarking consultation in Spanish.
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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.
This checklist distils key steps in the guidance for setting up and implementing a sustainability benchmarking exercise or programme.
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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.
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Guide on donor visibility within communications about the innovations fund.
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A sample of documents needed for an application to the Landscape Grants.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
Registration for the 2020 Global Sustainability Standards Symposium.
A system report for Bonsucro in reference to the ISEAL Standard Setting Code of Good Practice.
This the programme for the Global Sustainability Standards Symposium that took place on 18 June 2019 in The Hague, The Netherlands.
A system report for Fairtrade International in reference to the ISEAL Assurance Code of Good Practice.
Forest Stewardship Council's latest Public System Report (PSR) for ISEAL's Assurance Code.
Forest Stewardship Council's latest Public System Report (PSR) for ISEAL's Standard-Setting Code.
A system report for Global Coffee Platform in reference to ISEAL's 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 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 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.
Rainforest Alliance's latest Public System Report (PSR) for ISEAL's Assurance Code.
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Rainforest Alliance's latest Public System Report (PSR) for ISEAL's Standard-Setting Code.
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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 Standard Setting Code of Good Practice.
Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials' latest Public System Report (PSR) for ISEAL's Assurance Code.
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Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials' latest Public System Report (PSR) for ISEAL's Standard-Setting Code.
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Union for Ethical Bio Trade's latest Public System Report (PSR) for ISEAL's Assurance Code.
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Union for Ethical Bio Trade's latest Public System Report (PSR) for ISEAL's Standard-Setting Code.
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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 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.
This document outlines the eligibility and compliance requirements for ISEAL membership that apply to standard-setting and accreditation bodies.
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.
Use this template to complete your Compliance Checklist for the Standard-Setting Code.
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 of ISEAL's Training and Events Terms & Conditions.
ISEAL members are sustainability standards dedicated to delivering benefit for people and the planet
ISEAL subscribers are individuals and organisations who support ISEAL's mission
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 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 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.
Kimberly-Clark’s commitment to the FSC aligns with its values and helps drive demand for responsibly managed forests.
PANDORA, which has a history in ethical conduct, engaged with the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) in 2010 to support its corporate social responsibility commitments, earning its first RJC certification in 2012.
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 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.
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.
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. 
The latest version (version 2, published in December 2014) of the Code of Good Practice for Assessing the Impacts of Social and Environmental Systems.
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.
In this webinar, the results at the mid-point of a 5-year mixed methods study that considers the impacts and perceptions of certification-linked sustainability programs and market access in smallholder coffee value chains in the southern regions of Sumatra, Indonesia are presented.
This baseline report presents the initial stage of a research project with the overarching goal to examine the impact on farmer livelihoods and poverty alleviation within Indonesian coffee-growing communities as a result of processes of verification or certification against different sustainability standards. These standards include the Common Code for the Coffee Community (4C) Code of Conduct, the Sustainable Agriculture Network/ Rainforest Alliance (SAN/RA) standard, and Utz Certification.
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 and report from DIPI India baseline study.
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 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.
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 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).
This resource reviews the benefits and challenges of metrics alignment and data sharing for organisations, and provides a roadmap and considerations to help think through undertaking them. The guidance builds on learning's from a number of ISEAL, and ISEAL member projects that either focused on metrics alignment and or data sharing as an ultimate goal, or where metrics alignment and or data sharing were key activities within the project.
Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil's latest Public System Report (PSR) for ISEAL's Impacts Code.
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.
A system report for Textile Exchange in reference to the ISEAL Impacts Code of Good Practice.
Union for Ethical Bio Trade's latest Public System Report (PSR) for ISEAL's Impacts Code.
A system report for UTZ in reference to the ISEAL Impacts Code of Good Practice.
A system report for the Alliance for Water Stewardship in reference to the ISEAL Impacts Code of Good Practice.
Aluminium Stewardship Initiative's latest Public System Report (PSR) for ISEAL's Impacts Code.
A system report for the Aquaculture Stewardship Council in reference to the ISEAL Impacts Code of Good Practice.
Better Cotton Initiative's latest Public System Report (PSR) for ISEAL's Impacts Code.
A system report for Bonsucro in reference to the ISEAL Impacts Code of Good Practice.
Fair Trade USA's latest Public System Report (PSR) for ISEAL's Impacts Code.
A system report for the Forest Stewardship Council in reference to the ISEAL Impacts code of Good Practice.
A system report for Global Coffee Platform in reference to ISEAL's Impacts Code of Good Practice.
Global Infrastructure Basel's latest Public System Report (PSR) for ISEAL's Impacts Code.
A system report for Golf Environment Organisation in reference to the ISEAL Impacts Code of Good Practice.
A system report for GoodWeave in reference to the ISEAL Impacts Code of Good Practice.
IFFO RS' latest Public System Report (PSR) for ISEAL's Impacts Code.
The Chinese version of the ISEAL Impacts Code
Use this template to complete your Compliance Checklist for the Impacts Code.
A system report for LEAF in reference to the ISEAL Impacts Code of Good Practice.
Rainforest Alliance's latest Public System Report (PSR) for ISEAL's Impacts Code.
 
A system report for Responsible Jewellery Council in reference to the ISEAL Impacts Code of Good Practice.
Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials' latest Public System Report (PSR) for ISEAL's Impacts Code.
A webinar on ASI’s project on how to strengthen audits through the usage of GIS.
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.
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.
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 infographic illustrates how certified commodities have lower external costs benefiting farmers, the environment and society.
This document highlights news and insights from the world of sustainability measurements for ISEAL members, paying special attention to indicators and metrics.
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.
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”.
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, Mark Oorschot (PBL) presents the findings of the report ‘The Impact of International Cooperative Initiatives on Biodiversity’.
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”?’.
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.
This research aims to contribute evidence of the Impacts of Voluntary Sustainability Standards as well as provide a working definition for the concept of systemic impacts.
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 brief video shows you how claims and labels need to be truthful and should have language that tells us what has actually been achieved.
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.
In this video, small producers report on the impact sustainability standards have had on their life. 
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.
Webinar on key concepts in the development of a Theory of Change (ToC) for standard 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.
This webinar discusses the report from WWF and ISEAL 'SDGs mean business: How credible standards can help deliver the 2030 Agenda'.
A system report for Fairtrade International in reference to the ISEAL Impacts Code of Good Practice.
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.
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.
A brief guidance note for academics, consultants, students and others researching sustainability standards.
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 webinar explores opportunities for increasing interoperability of sustainability standards based on research on standards in the metals, minerals and mining sector. 
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Supporting robust studies on the strengths and weaknesses of sustainability standards
ISEAL’s Codes of Good Practice provide a recognised framework for leading sustainability standards
Fair Trade USA's latest Public System Report (PSR) for ISEAL's Standard-Setting Code.
Sustainability standards deliver impact at a global scale on the sustainability issues that matter
Supporting the best innovations helping sustainability standards be more effective and deliver value
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.
Patrick Mallet, Innovations Director at ISEAL, and Akiva Fishman, Senior Program Officer at World Wildlife Fund, discuss what credible assurance at a landscape level looks like.
Portuguese translation of the summary of the ISEAL Credibility Principles
Credibility Principles Brochure in Spanish
Credibility Principles Brochure in Spanish (Summary)
ISEAL is developing a good practice guide to help ensure that sustainability claims made by jurisdictions, landscape initiatives and the companies that source from or support them, are credible. To help in the development of this guide an online consultation will take place from April 15 to July 15, 2020. The below resources all relate to the consultation.
This brochure presents a list of critical elements to ensure that comparisons and benchmarking between standards systems are credible
ISEAL’s Credibility Principles represent the core values of effective sustainability standards
This infographic provides examples from research illustrating the positive effect of full ISEAL membership on these three key drivers of credibility.
Since launching in 2013 after extensive global consultations, ISEAL's Credibility Principles have become an international reference for defining the foundations of credible practices for sustainability standards. Starting mid-May 2020, we are leading consultations that will expand the scope of the Credibility Principles beyond sustainability standards to include a wider range of systems, such as data-driven and landscape approaches. We are also updating content to reflect current and future trends affecting standards and similar systems.
This report presents the results of a research project with the overarching goal to examine the impact on farmer livelihoods and poverty alleviation within Indonesian coffee-growing communities as a result of processes of certification against different sustainability standards. These standards include the Common Code for the Coffee Community (4C) and the Sustainable Agriculture Network/ Rainforest Alliance (SAN/RA) standard.
This report presents the findings of a three-year study, funded by ISEAL, of the early impacts of the Better Cotton Initiative on smallholder cotton producers in Kurnool District, Andhra Pradesh, India.
ISEAL works to improve the credibility and impacts of sustainability standards and understanding impacts is an important strategic goal. This paper is the first attempt to draw on internal performance monitoring data of schemes and external research to analyse the reach and characteristics of smallholder farmers within ISEAL member agriculture schemes. This is the third in a series of collective reporting briefing papers researched by ISEAL as part of the ‘Demonstrating and Improving Poverty Impacts’ (DIPI) project. 
A system report for Marine Stewardship Council in reference to the ISEAL Impacts Code of Good Practice.
IFFO RS' latest Public System Report (PSR) for ISEAL's Standard-Setting Code.
Sustainability standards from the mining, minerals and metals (MMM) sector are working together to increase the effectiveness, efficiency and impact of their systems, supported through the ISEAL Innovations Fund. 
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Fair Trade USA's latest Public System Report (PSR) for ISEAL's Assurance Code.
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Funded by the Ford Foundation, the Demonstrating and Improving Poverty Impacts Project (DIPI) seeks to understand the contribution that certification systems can make to poverty alleviation and pro-poor development.
A system report for Fairtrade International in reference to the ISEAL Standard Setting Code of Good Practice.
This report provides an endline status of the ISEAL-BSR project ‘Improving data and impact measurement for women in supply chains project’, which aimed to support standards in mainstreaming gender equality within their strategy, tools and systems.
In 2013, ISEAL launched the Credibility Principles, which provide an international reference for defining the foundations of credible practices for sustainability standards. Since mid-May 2020, we are leading consultations that will expand the scope of the Credibility Principles beyond sustainability standards to a wider range of systems, such as data-based and landscape-based approaches as well as update the scope of the Credibility Principles to reflect current and future trends affecting standards and similar systems.
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ISEAL is developing a good practice guide to help ensure that sustainability claims made by jurisdictions, landscape initiatives and the companies that source from or support them, are credible. 
We believe that the credibility of market-based sustainability tools is more important than ever for trade and public policy. But what do we mean by credibility? And what trends and issues are shaping our understanding of credibility going forward? Watch this webinar recording with experts sharing their insights into the role of credible standards in sustainable trade and public policy. Panellists:
Through the MarinTrust Improver Programme, the Panama small pelagics fishery has realised benefits from improvement in data collection, research and monitoring, to increased demand for products and access to new markets for responsible fishmeal and fish oil.
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