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Silhouhette of fisherman at sunset © tong2530, Adobe stock

As companies and governments seek effective solutions to meet their sustainability goals, the importance of credible and robust benchmarking is increasing. ISEAL’s Sustainability Benchmarking Good Practice Guide offers a useful framework to plan and implement benchmarks of sustainability standards, tools and policies.

One of ISEAL’s core objectives is to support governments and companies to use credible sustainability standards to achieve their sustainability goals. Therefore, we’re heartened to see both increasing awareness and action to consider sustainability issues within supply chains. To support this, we released ISEAL’s benchmarking guidance as a practical companion for experts and practitioners.

Taking responsibility for what happens in supply…

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Worker in a tea plantation in Sukambizi, Malawi © Martine Parry for Fairtrade Foundation

Ensuring resilient livelihoods and sustained employment for vulnerable communities was already a stretch pre-Covid-19. For those communities lacking a stable income, the impact has been inconceivable. With border closures and travel restrictions, the downturn in trade has massively affected the income and employment of these vulnerable communities, especially the self-employed.

Currently, more than 475 million smallholder families work on less than two hectares of land. In addition, average equilibrium market wages can be low, with prices that farmers earn for agricultural produce economically unsustainable.

According to the Living Income Community of Practice, a living income is about fostering a countries’ social and economic development, as well as decent pay and improved productivity of farming households. However, for far too many people, particularly farming families in the global south, their income barely covers the cost of living. …

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Guatemala coffee plantation © Rainforest Alliance

As sustainability professionals, we often ask ourselves what works: What works to address deforestation? What works to improve farmer incomes? What works to address labour rights in supply chains? Are our programmes, policies and decisions based on evidence or are we making a leap of faith?

To know which strategies deliver impact, we need to commit ourselves to evaluating the impacts and effectiveness of our work, then commit to working with that evidence.

This is the thinking behind Evidensia, a new evidence platform that ISEAL, WWF and Rainforest Alliance launched earlier this year. It aims to make it easier for sustainability practitioners to understand evidence on the impacts and effectiveness of supply-chain sustainability approaches. …


ISEAL is the global membership organisation for ambitious, collaborative and transparent sustainability systems. Learn more at www.isealalliance.org

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