Welcome to Standards Impacts

Standards Impacts provides evidence and information on the impact and business case of sustainability standards. You can search for reports, case studies, infographics and more to support your business needs.

This website is managed by the ISEAL Alliance, the global membership organisation for sustainability standards. 

Meridian Institute Report: How Has Our Understanding Changed Since the 2012 Publication of ‘Towards Sustainability: The Roles and Limitations of Certification’? (2018)

Meridian Institute Report: How Has Our Understanding Changed Since the 2012 Publication of ‘Towards Sustainability: The Roles and Limitations of Certification’? (2018)

In 2012, a committee of international experts from academia, business, and civil society published ‘Toward Sustainability: The Roles and Limitations of...

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WWF/ISEAL white paper: The Systemic Impacts of Voluntary Sustainability Standards (2018)

WWF/ISEAL white paper: The Systemic Impacts of Voluntary Sustainability Standards (2018)

VSS are known to have a positive impact in areas where certified entities operate but VSS can also influence the enabling environment. There is not yet a lot...

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MSC infographic: Demand for independent labelling of seafood is increasing globally (2018)

MSC infographic: Demand for independent labelling of seafood is increasing globally (2018)

This infographic by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) highlights the findings of its 2018 global consumer survey. The survey was carried out by the research...

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MSC infographic: Demand for independent labelling of seafood is increasing globally (2018)

MSC infographic: Demand for independent labelling of seafood is increasing globally (2018)

This infographic by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) highlights the findings of its 2018 global consumer survey.

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ISEAL video: Understanding certified small producers' needs (2018)

ISEAL video: Understanding certified small producers' needs (2018)

In 2018, ISEAL conducted research aiming to uncover smallholder perspectives on standards, explore the issues facing small certified producers and suggest...

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ISEAL video: Understanding certified small producers' needs (2018)

ISEAL video: Understanding certified small producers' needs (2018)

ISEAL conducted research aiming to uncover smallholder perspectives on standards, explore the issues facing small certified producers and...

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ISEAL report: Understanding certified small producers' needs (2018)

ISEAL report: Understanding certified small producers' needs (2018)

In 2018, ISEAL conducted research aiming to uncover smallholder perspectives on standards, explore the issues facing small certified producers and suggest...

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ISEAL report: The effectiveness of standards in driving adoption of sustainability practices: A State of Knowledge Review (2018)

ISEAL report: The effectiveness of standards in driving adoption of sustainability practices: A State of Knowledge Review (2018)

Voluntary sustainability standards are an important means of providing assurance that products and materials traded in complex, global supply chains have been...

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Case studies: Governments and private sustainability standards

Case studies: Governments and private sustainability standards

In the context of the ambitious environmental, social and economic targets within the Sustainable Development Goals, new partnerships are emerging which aim to...

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Case studies: Governments and private sustainability standards

Case studies: Governments and private sustainability standards

This ISEAL series of short case studies illustrates how governments are using private sustainability standards to achieve sustainability...

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MSI Integrity and Duke University report: The new regulators? Assessing the landscape of multi-stakeholder initiatives (2017)

MSI Integrity and Duke University report: The new regulators? Assessing the landscape of multi-stakeholder initiatives (2017)

This 2017 report highlights key findings on transnational standard setting multi-stakeholder initiatives (MSIs), their presence in various industries, patterns...

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Infographic: Delivering credible standards systems (2017)

Infographic: Delivering credible standards systems (2017)

Transparency, accessibility and rigour are three key drivers of credibility. Credibility and trust are intrinsically linked; to engender trust a standards...

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Infographic: Delivering credible standards systems (2017)

Infographic: Delivering credible standards systems (2017)

This infographic provides examples, from recent research, that illustrate the positive effect of full ISEAL membership on transparency,...

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ISEAL report: Sustainability standards and the SDGs - evidence of ISEAL members’ contribution (2017)

ISEAL report: Sustainability standards and the SDGs - evidence of ISEAL members’ contribution (2017)

This 2017 ISEAL report demonstrates how sustainability standards that are ISEAL members are already contributing to the SDGs, pulling together evidence,...

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Infographic: Businesses experience range of benefits from using sustainability standards (2017)

Infographic: Businesses experience range of benefits from using sustainability standards (2017)

This infographic illustrates the findings of the Aidenvironment research, commissioned by ISEAL Alliance, which analysed 40 studies to identify the benefits...

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Infographic: Businesses experience range of benefits from using sustainability standards (2017)

Infographic: Businesses experience range of benefits from using sustainability standards (2017)

Aidenvironment research finds that sustainability standards improve market access, profitability and production for certified businesses...

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Aidenvironment report: Business benefits of using sustainability standards: A meta-review (2017)

Aidenvironment report: Business benefits of using sustainability standards: A meta-review (2017)

This 2017 report by Aidenvironment and commissioned by  ISEAL, reviews the business benefits that using sustainability standards can deliver to various...

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