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Research webinars
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.
Research Webinar 13: Benefits of eco-labelling in developing countries
Research webinar with Anna Carlson on the benefits of eco-labelling in developing countries. Eco-labelling (or environmental certification) is often promoted as a regulatory instrument capable of incentivizing sustainable resource use, even in the absence of stringent government environmental regulations. This webinar held on 20th April 2017, presents meta-synthesis research assessing the type and extent of producer benefits reported in case studies of forestry and marine certification, in developing countries, and whether these benefits can justify the cost of certification. Types of benefits studied range from price premiums and market access to less tangible benefits such as learning, governance, community empowerment, and reputational benefits.
Research webinar 12: Standards and the blue economy
Research webinar with Jason Potts from the International Institute for Sustainable Development on sustainability standards and the blue economy. The State of Sustainability Initiatives (SSI) project is a multi-institutional effort to understand and report on market-based approaches to sustainable commodity production and trade. This webinar, held on 6th April 2017, presents a pioneering effort to assess the state of the ‘blue economy’ – specifically focusing on major marine and freshwater sustainability-oriented certification initiatives. It will also present how the analytical framework devised and used for a number of land-based commodities has been adapted to ocean wild fish and aquaculture.
Research webinar 7: Compliance processes in transnational private governance: The case of marine sustainability standards
This webinar presents a research project that examines compliance processes in transnational private sustainability governance, using marine sustainability standards as a case study. This webinar, held on 22nd September 2016, reports on a research project that examines compliance processes in transnational private sustainability governance. Based on the publicly available assessment report of fisheries starting the certification process with the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), it examines the influence of characteristics of fisheries, the MSC’s compliance verification process, and factors in the external environment on the assessment duration. In this way, it aims to gain insights into the role of regulatory design and learning at the level of the standard setting organization, the audit organizations and the individual assessors.
Research webinar 3: Comparing the breadth and depth of seafood certification programs
As part of the Research Webinar Series, 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. This webinar, held on May 19th 2016, presented research comparing three national and three voluntary shrimp aquaculture certification programs for their adherence to environmental criteria. Beginning with the FAO code for ecolabelling, it assessed the breadth (how many points of the code were measured) and depth (the rigor of the metric) of the six certification programs. The research found breadth and depth to scale, and that there was a great deal of overlap between the voluntary programs. This work can help to understand the relative merits of different programs, and how to position programs for maximum effectiveness.