The ISEAL Alliance: An Introduction


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The ISEAL Alliance is the global association for social and environmental standards systems. Member Support Manager David Gould introduces the organisation, its codes of good practice and opportunities to engage.

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  • In many ways we are a catalyst, a necessary central locus.
  • North vs. South categories; small/medium/large for corporates (for fee rates).
  • Benefits – Access to a vibrant community – newsletters (ISEAL Community); forums (OLC); events (AGM, workshops) Dark blue - standards systems Gold - production and capacity building Aqua - research, policy, advocacy Brown - corporate White - donors
  • Systems mapping and reporting frameworks implies Impacts assessment
  • The ISEAL Alliance: An Introduction

    1. 1. The ISEAL Alliance: An Introduction
    2. 2. ISEAL’s mission <ul><li>To create a world where ecological sustainability and social justice are the normal conditions of business. </li></ul>Currently only a very small percentage of the world’s practices and production are done with an aim toward sustainability.
    3. 3. Fundamental Premises <ul><li>ISEAL is the global association for social and environmental standards systems. </li></ul><ul><li>Voluntary standards systems can be agents of positive change in the world. </li></ul><ul><li>Cooperation and collaboration lead to learning and innovation. </li></ul><ul><li>The more competent a program is, the more effective it is, and the more it contributes to positive change. </li></ul>
    4. 4. Setting the Standard for Credibility <ul><li>ISEAL Code of Ethics </li></ul><ul><li>ISEAL Codes of Good Practice </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Setting Social and Environmental Standards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Impacts Assessment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Verification </li></ul></ul>new : Overarching Credibility Principles Compliance with all applicable Codes is a basic membership requirement.
    5. 5. relevance accessibility CREDIBILITY Learning & Innovation Scaling Up IMPACT key concepts
    6. 6. Members of the ISEAL Alliance Ten members in full compliance with ISEAL Membership Criteria (including compliance with existing ISEAL Codes of Good Practice and other internationally recognised guidance including ISO Guide 17011 for Accreditation Members) Eleven newer members have committed to demonstrate full compliance within a defined timeline.
    7. 7. Members of the ISEAL Alliance
    8. 8. Credibility Tools <ul><li>ISEAL Codes </li></ul><ul><li>Common Requirements for the Certification of Producer Groups </li></ul><ul><li>Systems Mapping and Reporting Frameworks (to enable Scaling Up and evaluate Impacts) </li></ul><ul><li>Technical Support to Members </li></ul><ul><li>Links to relevant resources (e.g., consultants, researchers) </li></ul>
    9. 9. <ul><li>Categories </li></ul><ul><li>Standard-setting Bodies </li></ul><ul><li>Certification Bodies </li></ul><ul><li>Accreditation Bodies </li></ul><ul><li>Production and Capacity Building </li></ul><ul><li>Research, Policy and Advocacy </li></ul><ul><li>Government </li></ul><ul><li>Individuals </li></ul><ul><li>Corporate entities (coming soon) </li></ul>AFFILIATES <ul><li>Main Requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Mission Alignment with ISEAL, and evidence of the same. </li></ul><ul><li>No activities by entity (or its subsidiaries or parents) run counter to ISEAL mission. </li></ul><ul><li>Principal Roles </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration that enables ISEAL Members to be more effective </li></ul>
    10. 10. The ISEAL Community standard setters accreditation bodies certifiers certified operators NGOs development organizations producer associations NGOs consumer groups trade unions think tanks / universities consultants Supply chain co.’s retailers financial sector Information services government donors foundations LEARNING & INNOVATION Benefits through news, forums, events, exchange of ideas, collaboration.
    11. 11. Engagement Strategies and Approaches <ul><li>Personal Attention </li></ul><ul><li>Online Community </li></ul><ul><li>ISEAL Annual Conference </li></ul><ul><li>Workshops, meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Webinars </li></ul><ul><li>Forums, conferences (led/organised by ISEAL, or by other groups) </li></ul><ul><li>ISEAL Newsletters, Website </li></ul>
    12. 12. Scaling Up <ul><li>Tools and Approaches: </li></ul><ul><li>Systems Mapping and Reporting Frameworks </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration with Researchers </li></ul><ul><li>Resource Mobilisation & Donors Network </li></ul><ul><li>Major strategies: </li></ul><ul><li>Institutional and other large scale purchasing based on credible voluntary standards </li></ul><ul><li>Government Use of Voluntary Standards (GUVS) </li></ul><ul><li>Group certification </li></ul><ul><li>Transitioning from an analog to a digital age </li></ul>
    13. 13. Thank you. David Gould Member Support Manager [email_address] Comments? Questions? Inquiries?...