ISEAL paper: Reaching far and wide - Collective presence and growth trends of ISEAL member schemes across seven commodities (2019).
The highest aim of the ISEAL Alliance is to improve impacts for people and the environment. ISEAL supports standards to measure their performance and put learning and improvement at the centre of their work. Sustainability schemes, such as those in the ISEAL community, address significant challenges in the world today and are one of the few proven vehicles for making production and trade more...Read more
ISEAL briefing paper: Multiple certification patterns of ISEAL member schemes in the coffee and cocoa industries (2018).
ISEAL member standards systems have been collaborating on shared reporting since 2011 to better understand their collective mark on sustainability and to identify opportunities to work together to deepen impacts on people and the environment. This paper, prepared as part of the Demonstrating and Improving Poverty Impacts project, funded by the Ford Foundation, is one of three that will be...Read more
ITC, IISD and FiBL Report: The State of Sustainable Markets 2018, Statistics and Emerging Trends (2018)
'This third global report provides new insights into the evolution of certified agriculture and forestry. ITC has teamed up once more with the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and the International Institute for Sustainable (IISD) to provide data about 14 major sustainability standards for bananas, cocoa, coffee, cotton, palm oil, soybeans, cane sugar, tea and forestry products...Read more
UNFSS Report: Voluntary Sustainability Standards, Trade and Sustainable Development (2018)
'The 3rd UNFSS Flagship is set to impart an agenda surrounding Voluntary Sustainability Standards (thereafter known as VSS) and its relation to trade issues, in particular the impact of VSS on market access. Where traditional trade theory is concerned, the focus has been mainly tied to tariffs and non-tariff measures. Given the increasing influence of VSS over export opportunities in recent years...Read more
Meridian Institute Report: Conservation Impacts of Voluntary Sustainability Standards (2018)
In 2012, a committee of international experts from academia, business, and civil society published ‘Toward Sustainability: The Roles and Limitations of Certification’. In addition to describing the history, key features and actors in voluntary standard systems (VSS), the report summarised the state of knowledge regarding VSS use and their potential to achieve conservation and other goals. It also...Read more
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 of evidence of these so-called systemic impacts of VSS on the enabling environment. This white paper, produced by Aidenvironment and commissioned by WWF and ISEAL, aims to contribute to this evidence gap as well as provide a working...Read more
Bonsucro infographic: Bonsucro outcome report (2017)
This infographic by Bonsucro summarises key outcome statistics from the Bonsucro 2017 Outcome Report and illustrates the organisation’s contribution to helping achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. The scope of the Outcome Report considers 226 observations from 60 mills and three farmer associations in Australia, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Nicaragua and Thailand...Read more
How are sustainability standards innovating to address the needs of certified small producers?
This year, ISEAL headed into the field to talk to certified small producers about the issues they face, their expectations of certification and their experiences with sustainability standards. In a new report, ISEAL outlines the key challenges facing producers and suggest opportunities for standards to innovate to meet these needs. Sustainability standards need to ensure that small producers are...Read more
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 consultancy, GlobeScan, which questioned 18,900 seafood consumers across 22 countries. The survey found that independent labelling increases brand trust and, notably, 72% of those surveyed said that there is a need for brands and...Read more
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 opportunities for innovation and scaling-up of standards systems to meet producer needs. Below is a short video featuring interviews with some of the producers. Read the full report and executive summary. Watch a webinar summarising key...Read more
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 opportunities for innovation and scaling-up of standards systems to meet producer needs. Below are links to the full report and executive summary detailing our findings. Watch a webinar summarising key insights from the producer needs survey...Read more
LEAF impacts report: Delivering more sustainable food and farming (2018)
The 2018 edition of LEAF’s global impacts report focuses on the collective performance and impact of LEAF farmers and growers across the world in their delivery of more sustainable food and farming. It shows the progress made by LEAF farmers and growers regarding resilience, productivity and health of farmland. The report is based on a study that was commissioned by LEAF in 2017, carried out by...Read more