ISEAL’s Credibility Principles have provided an international reference for defining the foundations of credible practices for sustainability standards since 2013. ISEAL is currently updating the principles to reflect current and future trends affecting standards and similar systems. It is also expanding the scope beyond sustainability standards to include a wider range of systems, such as data-driven and landscape approaches.
ISEAL is encouraging everyone with an interest in what credible practices look like for sustainability standards and similar systems to give feedback on the revised version of the principles.
The consultation is open until 31 July 2020.
In order to contribute, you can:
- Read the Credibility Principles V1.1: available in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Chinese
- Complete the survey: available in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Chinese
- Watch the recording of the kick-off webinar held on 28 May
- Register for the webinar on Future-proofing the Credibility Principles: new tools and approaches on 22 June or the webinar on The credibility of sustainability tools in a policy context: what matters and why? on 26 June
Get more information here.
ISEAL - background
ISEAL is the global membership association for credible sustainability standards. Its members are sustainability standards that meet the Codes of Good Practice and promote measurable change through open, rigorous and accessible certification systems. They are supported by international accreditation bodies, which are required to meet accepted international best practice.
Through its work, ISEAL explores ways to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of sustainability standards and identify opportunities for innovation that increases the uptake of credible standards in critical regions. It supports the members to work towards collective priorities that address the most pressing social and environmental issues we face in the world today. Specifically, ISEAL:
- defines credible practice for sustainability standards based on emerging global consensus
- provides guidance and expertise on credible standard-setting, assurance and measuring impacts to sustainability standards and their partners
- assesses compliance with good practices to inspire commitment to credible approaches and support improvement and learning
- provides guidance, facilitation and funding to its members through a vibrant community that stimulates peer learning, innovative thinking and collaboration
- monitors trends and changes in the sustainability landscape, in sustainability standards and in business needs, to inform sustainability standards about how they need to evolve.
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