At a private event held at Chatham House in London, ISEAL Alliance (International Environmental Accreditation and Labeling Alliance) were commended for their commitment to best practice in each of their sectors by Richard Howitt, MEP.

“The ISEAL Alliance is a leading example of collaboration between labeling indicatives. It’s members compliance with the ISEAL Code of Good Practice gives a clear sign to both governments and industry that these initiatives are the leaders in the field, backed by credible standards and capable of delivering genuine social and environmental change,” said Richard Howitt, MEP.

ISEAL Alliance has developed the ISEAL Code of Good Practice for Setting Social and Environmental Standards as a “mean to evaluate and strengthen voluntary standards, and to demonstrate their credibility on the basis of how they are developed.”


Angela Caudle (IFOAM), Richard Howitt (MEP), Sasha Courville (ISEAL)

There are seven full members of the ISEAL Alliance responsible for the development of the Code of Good Practice. (1) The Fairtrade Labeling Organizations (FLO) International, whose mission is to “enable the sustainable development and empowerment of disadvantaged producers and workers in developing countries through fairtrade labeling. (2) The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), whose mission is to “promote environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world’s forests.” (3) The International Federation of Agricultural Movements (IFOAM), whose mission is “leading, uniting and assisting the organic movement in its full diversity.” (4) The Marine Aquarium Council (MAC). (5) The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), whose mission is “to safeguard the world’s seafood supply by promoting the best environmental choice.” (6) The Rainforest Alliance, whose mission “works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices, and consumer behavior. (7)Social Accountability International (SAI), whose mission is “to promote workers rights around the world.”

Simon Zaydek, Chief Executive, AccountAbility said, “Accountability is a non-profit organization working internationally in the field of standards focused on sustainability. We are hugely pleased that the ISEAL Code of Good Practice has been developed because it is our firm belief that good governance in tomorrow’s standards institutions is the single most important thing in ensuring that the business community- and indeed the broader organizational community- gets sustainability right.”


ISEAL Alliance members with Richard Howitt at Chatham House

“The ISEAL Code of Good Practice is increasingly recognized as THE international framework for developing credible social and environmental standards,” said Matthew Wenban-Smith, Director , OneWorldStandards, Ltd. “It incorporates and builds on the applicable ISO guidance , and ensures compatibility with the strictures of the WTO TBT agreement. For standard setters compliance with the Code of Good Practices ensures credible standards development processes. For the standards users, it offers reassurance that the resulting standards will have the support of major stake-holders.”

The ISEAL Code of Good Practice is the international reference for setting credible voluntary social and environmental standards. It is referenced by a range of governmental and intergovernmental guidelines as the measure of credibility for voluntary social and environmental standards. More information on ISEAL can be viewed on their website.




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