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06/12/2017
Research webinars
24/11/2017
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.
18/02/2019
Webinar: ISEAL members collective reporting efforts - findings and learnings
4.94 MB
<p>ISEAL member schemes have collaborated on shared reporting since 2011. In this webinar, ISEAL presents the key findings and learnings from two recently published collaborative collective reporting projects.&nbsp;<br /> The first of these focusses on the issue of multiple certification in the coffee and cocoa sectors - better understand to what extent farmers are certified by one or more ISEAL member scheme, to identify key characteristics of multiple certified certificate holders, and to examine regional and commodity-specific patterns in multiple certification. The analysis only considers the overlap of four ISEAL member schemes (Rainforest Alliance, UTZ, Fairtrade International, and Global Coffee Platform ) and is based on 2015 certificate level data from the four schemes that was centralized in a common database. The second briefing focusses on the geographical reach and presence of seven ISEAL member agricultural standards. Drawing on data collected by FiBL from the schemes, we analyse trends from 2011-2015 on the growth, geographical spread and presence of these seven schemes across seven commodity sectors. The webinar explores ISEAL efforts at ‘collective reporting’ through both these approaches, the challenges faced and the potential opportunities ahead to continue such efforts.</p> <p>This ISEAL members' only webinar took place on&nbsp;Thursday, February 14th, 2019, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM GMT.</p>
15/10/2018
Webinar: The role of sustainability standards in ending situations of forced labour in supply chains
2.99 MB
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. Who is responsible for remediation and what is the role for standards systems in preventing future violations? The Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN) has led a project to improve the assessment and detection of forced labour in agricultural supply chains, and explored current status of remediation practices in the agricultural sector.
11/07/2018
Executive Summary: Understanding certified small producers' needs
1.37 MB
This executive summary looks at the issues facing small certified producers and their expectations and experiences of certification, and explores how standards can address producers’ needs and priorities.
11/07/2018
Report: Understanding certified small producers' needs
8.72 MB
This report looks at the issues facing small certified producers and their expectations and experiences of certification, and explores how standards can address producers’ needs and priorities.
22/06/2018
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.
15/06/2018
Responsible Business Practices in the Indian Palm Oil Sector
2.13 MB
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.The report explores the reasons behind the low uptake of sustainable palm oil in India, the world's largest importer and consumer of the edible oil. It makes recommendations for Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials, Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil and ISEAL on strategies they can use, as well as potential solutions, for supporting Indian companies to take greater sustainability leadership in the palm oil sector.
04/01/2018
Report on lessons learnt about research design and methods
5.53 MB
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. These baseline studies are part of the Demonstrating and Improving Poverty Impacts project and were undertaken in the cotton sector in India and the coffee sector in Kenya and Indonesia. This paper attempts to address fundamental conceptual questions that arise in the course of designing and undertaking impact evaluations of sustainability standards and to share cross-cutting learning from how the DIPI evaluations addressed them. These include questions such as: What is the role of theory-based evaluation in this field? How do we understand and study ‘treatment’ in the context of standards? What are selection effects and why should they matter? What constitutes credible counterfactuals? How and when can randomisation be achieved? What is meant by mixed methods? We focus on these questions as we consider them to be fundamental concepts that every impact evaluation in this field will encounter, irrespective of standard, sector or geography. A focus on these questions will also help strengthen the approach and robustness of impact evaluations undertaken by standards. The observations in this methods learning paper are targeted primarily at standards systems, and specifically their monitoring and evaluation (M&E) teams, but it is hoped that researchers and others will find it a useful read. Ultimately, our hope is that this is not read as a paper purely about methods and approaches to evaluation but helps understand the systems that we attempt to evaluate at a more fundamental level.
29/11/2017
Research Webinar 23: Environmental-economic benefits and trade-offs on certified coffee farms
Research webinar with Jeremy Haggar (Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich) and Gabriela Soto (Committee on Sustainability Assessment) on the environmental and economic benefits and trade-offs on certified coffee farms. This webinar presented on Wednesday 29th November 2017 looks at findings on economic and environmental outcomes on certified coffee farms in Nicaragua and economic outcomes in Costa Rica and Guatemala, evaluated using the COSA assessment framework. It also explores how certification outcomes vary relative to the typology of farms that participate and the country the farm is based in, as well as how far price premiums can mitigate the significant trade-off between income and on-farm tree diversity.