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- Asia / Pacific
- Europe and Central Asia
- Latin America / Caribbean
- Middle East
- North America
Sectors of activity
Agricultural and Fishery, Water, Forestry
Type of initiative
Capacity Building & Implementation, Policy Frameworks & Tools, Other
The Credibility Principles define and communicate the core values of credible and effective sustainability systems and thus improve the achievement of sustainability impacts. They fulfil a number of complementary functions including:
- Aid users of standards systems (such as producers, procurement officials, companies, NGOs, and financiers) in determining the relative credibility and effectiveness of the standards systems with which they are engaging.
- Provide a powerful communications tool that will build greater stakeholder understanding of what makes a credible and effective standard.
- Provide an aspirational framework for standards systems to improve their knowledge and, thus, their ability to deliver sustainability improvements.
- Inform sourcing decisions that favour entities that comply with credible and effective sustainability standards.
- Distinguish good practice from good marketing – ensure standards systems and users are accountable for the claims they make, and that claims are backed up by substance.
As collected through the One Planet Reporting
No activities have yet been reported under this initiative
Impact and Results
The ISEAL Credibility Principles apply to all standards systems that focus on sustainability performance and that incorporate a standard and a mechanism for assuring compliance with that standard. The principles are applied to the entire standard system, including standard setting, capacity building, assurance, labelling and monitoring. The integration of these principles increases the likelihood that a standard system will achieve its intended positive social, environmental and economic impacts.
Next steps and how to get involved
We encourage everyone with an interest in what credible practices look like for sustainability standards and similar systems, to participate in the stakeholder consultations on the ISEAL Credibility Principles revision, which are open until 31 July 2020.