Introduction to the ISEAL Impacts Code

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ISEAL's Paddy Doherty explains how the Code of Good Practice for Assessing the Impacts of Social and Environmental Standards Systems is going to work.

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Introduction to the ISEAL Impacts Code

  1. 1. Assessing Impacts of Standards Systems – Code Development 3 Minute Overview March 2010
  2. 2. What is a standard system?
  3. 3. What are Impacts <ul><li>Positive or negative long-term effects of the standards system </li></ul><ul><li>The change we make in the world </li></ul><ul><li>As impacts are long-term change, it is difficult to prove that what a standards system does, results in impact </li></ul>
  4. 4. Why an Impacts Code <ul><li>To learn what is working so we can improve our effectiveness; therefore increase our impact </li></ul><ul><li>Transparency leads to credibility with external stakeholders </li></ul><ul><li>To show our contribution to impact </li></ul><ul><li>To bring together a body of evidence showing the effectiveness of social and environmental standards systems </li></ul><ul><li>businesses want to understand that they are aligning with winners - so it is a risk management factor to understand the impact of standards systems </li></ul>
  5. 5. How will standards systems apply the Impacts Code?
  6. 6. Key Impact Issues <ul><li>Environmental Integrity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Biodiversity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Water </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Soil Fertility </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Climate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Natural Resource Management </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Social Development </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Labour Rights </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gender Equity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Access to Education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Access to Health and Sanitation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cultural Identity </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Economic Resilience </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Secure Livelihoods </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social Capital </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Resilience to Economic Risk </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Inclusive Value Chains </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. What Now? <ul><li>2 nd formal public consultation in March/April 2010 (60 days) </li></ul><ul><li>Working with standards systems for training and consultation </li></ul><ul><li>Code to be approved by Stakeholder Council in June 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Once approved, ISEAL members have 3 years in which to come into compliance </li></ul>
  8. 8. Questions? Paddy Doherty [email_address] www.isealalliance.org

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