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ISEAL Member Public System Reports
ISEAL members produce and annually update a public system report for each of the ISEAL Codes. The main goal of these reports is to provide a simplified overview of an organisation’s standard-setting, assurance and monitoring and evaluation systems. These are the most recent reports published by each of our standard-setting members. We only publish public system reports after a member has completed an external evaluation (peer review or independent evaluation). Thereafter, each subsequent yearly updated report remains public. Reports for members who are yet to undergo external evaluation are accessible to ISEAL members only. Public system reports do not indicate that a member is in or out of compliance with our Codes of Good Practice, instead they provide information about the standard-setting, monitoring and evaluation, or assurance practices of each our members.
Webinar: Understanding the reality for producers: insights from ISEAL’s producer needs survey
Small-scale producers and SMEs are at the heart of sustainability standards and their innovations agenda. To maximise the value of standards to producers, we need to hear from the producers themselves – what are their priorities and constraints? How has involvement in standards benefitted them? What barriers do they face? To try and answer these questions, ISEAL conducted a survey on the needs of certified small-scale producers in five countries. 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.
Webinar: How effective are sustainability standards in driving uptake of sustainable practices?
A key characteristic of sustainability standards is defining and helping to improve production practices across sectors. Sustainability standards work with certified businesses to improve their knowledge and application of more sustainable production or trading practices. However, most research focuses on the final sustainability outcomes and impacts of standards. Less is known about the step before that: are the practices defined by standards being applied? 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? Join Kristin Komives, ISEAL’s Impacts Director, to explore these questions and delve into the findings of a new research review conducted by the University of Oxford and 3Keel consultants. Together with Dr Gillian Petrokofsky (University of Oxford) and Dr Steve Jennings (3Keel) we will explore the evidence base and discuss how sustainability standards drive the take up of sustainable practices on the ground.
Webinar: How sustainability standards can contribute to landscape approaches and zero deforestation
Patrick Mallet, Director of Innovations at the ISEAL Alliance presented the results of ISEAL's new research on the role standards systems can play in helping companies meet zero deforestation commitments through innovative approaches to monitoring of landscapes.
Briefing Note: Interactions between standards systems and landscape and jurisdictional approaches
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.