Grants awarded to date

Grants awarded to date

A list of all of the projects supported by the ISEAL Innovations Fund since it was launched in 2016.

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G2 - ASI and FSC develop cloud-based auditing for FSC forest management certification

The brand new digital system could change the face of forestry certification reporting. Susan Bernstein-Schuren, Monitoring & Evaluation Officer at the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), explains how the ISEAL Innovations Fund acted as a catalyst for a long-awaited certification auditing system update.

G4 - Evidence-based approach to revolutionise data-driven assurance and M&E

As certification schemes are increasingly called on to address high-risk issues, the emphasis on the quality of assurance systems grows. With support from the ISEAL Innovations Fund, Rainforest Alliance is developing a new, cost-effective solution to data-driven assurance and M&E. William Crosse, Rainforest Alliance’s Deputy Director of Evaluation and Research, tells us more about the benefits of adopting this new approach.

G7 - Could blockchain technology change the future of certification?

With a grant from the ISEAL Innovations Fund, ISEAL members, led by the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), are exploring how blockchain technology could change the face of certification. Arianna Baldo, Southern Africa Regional Representative of RSB, explains more about this project to be delivered with blockchain specialists, Provenance.

G8 - ISEAL Global Living Wage Coalition to share knowledge and expertise via brand new living wage portal

The Global Living Wage Coalition has received a grant from the ISEAL Innovations Fund to build an interactive Living Wage Portal for all stakeholders working on or interested in this topic. Jessica Grillo, Senior Advisor for Livelihoods at Rainforest Alliance explains how this portal will support the industry as a whole, and how this grant helped get the project off the ground.

G9 - Applying indigenous people's right to free, prior and informed consent in the Amazon region

Consumer and industry concerns demand that Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) is given from indigenous communities whose land is affected by corporate activities. But it is not always clear what the rules are and how they should be applied. A new project led by Equitable Origin, and funded by the ISEAL Innovations Fund, aims to improve FPIC implementation in the Amazon region. Soledad Mills, Executive Director of Equitable Origin, explains how the project aims to do that.

G10 - Improving audit through a better use of GIS tools

Geographic Information System (GIS) tools are not yet used extensively in certification auditing but their potential to improve the audit process is no secret. Led by Accreditation 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 this potential. ASI Project Manager, Marnie Bammert, explains more about this project and how it will contribute to more efficient and effective auditing.

G11 - Improving the detection and mitigation of forced labour in agricultural supply chains

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 SAN and partner UTZ will be leveraging their networks across Kenya, Guatemala and India to produce an industry-wide methodology to detect and address forced labour.

G13 - New 'Which Pesticide?' App: Empowering users worldwide to eliminate HHPs

The Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Coalition is building a mobile app to put the power of information directly into the hands of those working with pesticides at field level. This is the second project from the IPM Coalition to receive a grant from the ISEAL Innovations Fund. We have talked to Oliver Bach, Technical Manager at the Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN), to learn more about this app and how the two projects build on each other.