ISEAL supports governments all over the world as they step up their commitments to sustainable production, investment, trade and consumption.

Governments use standards in several ways, including to:

  • Develop national legislation
  • Frame public procurement policies
  • Provide proof of compliance.

Maximising the value of standards as sustainable development tools

For this to work effectively, it’s critical that policymakers can identify which standards are credible, both in terms of their content and the robustness of their operations and oversight mechanisms.

ISEAL helps governments decide which standards to use, and how best to work with them to maximise their value as sustainable development tools.

Following the near-universal adoption of the UN Sustainable Development Goals in 2015, the world has ambitious targets to achieve – and governments recognise that credible sustainability standards have an important role to play.

Read our case studies on governments and private sustainability standards.

Are you a government looking to compare and benchmark sustainability standards? Have a look at our Sustainability Benchmarking Good Practice Guide