E059 Strategic Plan Presentation

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This presentation introduces the challenges and opportunities for the voluntary standards movement and explains the ISEAL Alliance Strategic Plan 2009-2013.

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  • Notes: This presentation can be used to present the ISEAL Strategic Plan 2009-2013, and as a basis for a discussion on the future of voluntary standards systems. The presenter should be familiar with the ISEAL Strategic Plan 2009-2013, available for download from www.isealalliance.org/strategicplan. The main points to bring across are the three challenges, and the related responses for the voluntary standards movement: Growth of the market: Increased coordination and collaboration in order to work as an effective movement Proliferation and new sectors: An international agreement on what makes standards credible, ie. ISEAL Codes of Good Practice (existing: Standard-Setting Code, to be developed: Impacts Code and Verification Code) Increased interest by external stakeholders: Solid and reliable multi-stakeholder governance systems, including a new ISEAL Stakeholder Council For questions on this presentation, please contact the ISEAL Secretariat at info@isealalliance.org
  • E059 Strategic Plan Presentation

    1. 1. Scaling up social and environmental standards systems A presentation of the ISEAL Strategic Plan 2009-2013
    2. 2. Social and Environmental Standards Systems: A Success Model? <ul><li>Voluntary & market-based </li></ul><ul><li>Applicable to many global sustainability challenges </li></ul><ul><li>Unprecedented growth for established systems </li></ul><ul><li>Emerging standards in new areas: Biofuels, mining, tourism, carbon offsets, … </li></ul><ul><li>Increasing uptake by governmental bodies and civil society </li></ul>Growth in certified products (2002-2009) Marine Stewardship Council
    3. 3. What is a standards system? Standard- Setter Certifier Accreditation Body Retailer Consumer Producer Label Buyer/ Manufacturer Supply Chain Capacity Building
    4. 4. Challenges and Opportunities Proliferation of standards and labels Growing demand for certified products with proven social and environmental impacts Increased interest by external stakeholders Credibility? Scale? Governance?
    5. 5. <ul><li>The big question: How do we increase the impact that voluntary standards have in achieving social justice and ecological sustainability ? </li></ul>
    6. 6. Introducing the ISEAL Alliance Our focus: promoting and improving voluntary standards Our members: leading standards systems Our tools: ISEAL Codes of Good Practice Our strength: capacity building and coordination
    7. 7. Members of the ISEAL Alliance Eight 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) Eight newer members have committed to demonstrate full compliance within three years from the date of membership approval.
    8. 8. Members of the ISEAL Alliance
    9. 9. ISEAL’s Strategic Plan 2009-2013 <ul><li>Purpose: To ensure that voluntary standards systems play an expanding role in achieving social justice and ecological sustainability </li></ul><ul><li>Outputs: </li></ul><ul><li>Credible operating practices for social and environmental standards systems defined and maintained </li></ul><ul><li>Standards systems practitioners supported to use credible operating practices </li></ul><ul><li>Stakeholders supported to use credible operating practices </li></ul><ul><li>Credible standards systems operate as an effective movement </li></ul><ul><li>ISEAL Alliance transformed into a strong and sustainable organisation </li></ul>
    10. 10. Output 1: Defining Credibility <ul><li>Comprehensive suite of ISEAL Codes of Good Practice developed and maintained: </li></ul><ul><li>Revision of Standard-Setting Code by end 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Development of Impacts Code by end 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Development of Verification Code by end 2012 </li></ul><ul><li>Stakeholder Council to oversee ISEAL Codes of Good Practice from end 2009 </li></ul>Credible operating practices for social and environmental standards systems defined and maintained
    11. 11. Output 2: Creating Credible Standards Systems <ul><li>Capacity building and shared learning in person and online to improve practices of individual standards systems </li></ul><ul><li>Application of Codes of Good Practice leads to improved operating practices </li></ul><ul><li>Independent evaluation mechanism for compliance with ISEAL Codes of Good Practice established by end 2010 </li></ul>Standards systems practitioners supported to use credible operating practices
    12. 12. Output 3: Empowering the World to use Credible Standards <ul><li>Standards Systems Academy to build capacity of stakeholders to engage with standards systems </li></ul><ul><li>Increased use of ISEAL Codes of Good Practice as international criteria to evaluate social and environmental standards systems </li></ul><ul><li>Increased year on year uptake of credible standards systems by governmental bodies, business and civil society </li></ul>Stakeholders supported to use credible operating practices
    13. 13. Output 4: Scaling Up <ul><li>Standards systems agreement by end 2009 on their individual and collective contributions to sustainability outcomes </li></ul><ul><li>Implementation of Strategy for Scaling Up from 2010 including: </li></ul><ul><li>National platform pilots in place by 2010 to improve producer access and producer-driven demand </li></ul><ul><li>Improved efficiency and effectiveness through coordination of standards systems </li></ul><ul><li>Joint market offering to increase ability and commitment of business leaders to use standards systems as integral to their operations </li></ul>Credible standards systems operate as an effective movement
    14. 14. Output 5: Building a strong and sustainable organisation <ul><li>Financial sustainability allows ISEAL to grow at desired pace </li></ul><ul><li>Membership reflects the diversity and growth of the standards system movement </li></ul><ul><li>Operating systems in place that empower staff and strengthen organisational character and spirit </li></ul><ul><li>ISEAL’s governance responds to stakeholders’ expectations and evolving best practice </li></ul>ISEAL Alliance transformed into a strong and sustainable organisation
    15. 15. We cannot do this alone. We need you to: <ul><li>Contribute to the development of ISEAL’s Codes of Good Practice </li></ul><ul><li>Learn how to build better standards systems </li></ul><ul><li>Engage with us to scale up the impacts of social and environmental standards </li></ul><ul><li>Buy and promote credible certified products and services </li></ul><ul><li>Support credible standards systems in your work </li></ul><ul><li>Shape the future of the ISEAL Alliance by participating in technical working groups and governance bodies </li></ul>
    16. 16. Thank you ISEAL Alliance Secretariat [email_address] www.isealalliance.org

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