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31/07/2018
How sustainability standards can learn from interoperability in the metals, minerals and mining sectors
This ISEAL-led project was completed in 2018 and involved an executive summary, a summary report and a webinar on the topic of cross-sector learning on interoperability from the metals, minerals and mining sector.
06/12/2017
Research webinars
18/02/2019
Webinar: ISEAL members collective reporting efforts - findings and learnings
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<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
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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. 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.
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.
16/03/2018
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.
22/02/2018
Webinar: The future of assurance is data
Patrick Mallet (Innovations Director) and Ana Garzon (Innovations Manager) have led the recent revision of the ISEAL Assurance Code of Good Practice. In this webinar, Patrick and Ana explore 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.
04/01/2018
Developing a Theory of Change: The foundation of a robust M&E system
ISEAL's Kristin Komives presents a webinar in the Sustainability Standards Essentials series on key concepts in the development of a Theory of Change (ToC) for a standard system. This webinar broadly covers the key elements of a ToC and three important applications: M&E, strategic planning and communications. In presenting this, Kristin draws on lessons learned from standards systems about how to successfully engage stakeholders in the process of developing a ToC. Kristin illustrates all the core concepts with examples from ISEAL members’ ToC. This webinar is useful for any organisation wanting to learn more about what makes a robust M&E system, a precondition for a credible standards system.
18/12/2017
Webinar: Driving innovation in sustainability standards systems: a closer look
<p>In this webinar, ISEAL’s Director of Impacts Kristin Komives shines a spotlight on the ISEAL Innovations Programme to explore some of the innovations that ISEAL members are involved in, including projects supported by ISEAL’s new Innovations Fund, such as blockchain and geospatial data.</p>
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.