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ISEAL Alliance: Sustainability Standards Essentials Training Workshop, London

Mar. 16, 2015 - Mar. 16, 2015

This workshop, delivered by ISEAL experts, will provide practical, example-based training that delves into the fundamentals of standards systems, as well as highlighting new practices and thinking from the field. 

What is the workshop about?

The training workshop, delivered by global experts in sustainability standards and certification, will provide participants with a deeper understanding of the practices required to deliver credible and effective sustainability standards systems. This introductory workshop is comprised of four foundations sessions:

Credible standards and certification systems

This session will provide an introduction to the day and overview of what good practice for sustainability standards systems can look like. We aim to stimulate discussion on the concepts and actions that underpin effective standards, based around ISEAL’s Credibility Principles - a set of core principles that define the foundation of credible standards. Does the standard have clear objectives and scope? Does it apply in a local context as well as ensuring global consistency across a range of settings? Does the assurance model deliver consistent results? A range of questions will drive discussion on all you need to know about credible standards systems.

Standard Setting

This session will review what good practice, underpinned by the ISEAL Standard-Setting Code, looks like when developing a credible and robust standard, in addition to the implications for design and implementation in order to reach compliance. Trends in the development of new models of standards will also be explored.


This session is an opportunity to learn more about ISEAL’s Assurance Code, which aims to increase the quality and consistency of assurance in certification and accreditation. Latest thinking will be presented on the effectiveness of different models of assurance, how to safeguard auditor competency, and managing the tension between traditional practice and innovation, amongst other topical issues.


What does it take to implement a meaningful Monitoring & Evaluation system for sustainability standards and what does it mean for you as an organisation? These questions will be explored and an overview provided on the basics of an M&E system, underpinned by the ISEAL Impacts Code. The session will also explore how M&E can be implemented and embedded within an organisation using practical examples. 

Who is the workshop for?

This workshop is open to all interested organisations and individuals operating in the sustainability sector. The training will provide an overview of key elements of sustainability standards so is well suited for new standards systems or as an introduction for new staff at standards bodies.  It will also be valuable for companies and NGOs that are engaging with sustainability standards and certification and who want to know more about what to look for in these systems.

When en where

Date: Monday 16th March, 9am-5.30pm

Venue details: TBC

Cost and how to register

ISEAL Member rate: £215
ISEAL Subscriber rate: £315
General rate: £415

Register online via Eventbrite or for more options email ISEAL's Community and Learning Coordinator, Natalie Gawor, at

Space is limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.  

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