Shaping the future of market-based action on sustainability

2 min readFeb 24, 2021


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The launch of ISEAL’s new membership structure marks a focus on a wider range of sustainability systems and offers new and enhanced products.

We’re in the final decade before the UN Sustainable Development Goals’ deadline. Bringing increased pressure to deliver the urgent changes required to tackle critical sustainability challenges. With sustainability rising up the business agenda, we must work together to deliver the system-wide changes needed.

Bringing together a diverse range of sustainability systems

Complex sustainability challenges such as deforestation, forced labour and rural poverty require an ambitious and collective response: a range of approaches, working together in new and creative ways.

Our new membership structure reflects the diversity of sustainability approaches. Bringing together ambitious sustainability systems that can scale their collective impact to help sectors, countries and communities address key sustainability issues.

Bringing market actors together

Working with sustainability systems that are built on credible practices helps businesses, governments and NGOs shape the future of market-based action on sustainability.

The strength of sustainability systems lies in bringing together market actors and helping guide the uptake of practices that lead to improved social and environmental impacts.

Expanding opportunities to influence and implement solutions

Through our new structure we support our members and their partners, by expanding opportunities to collaborate, explore, influence and implement scalable solutions to global challenges. From the climate emergency and biodiversity crisis to human rights and persistent poverty.

ISEAL Code Compliant members also meet our Codes of Good Practice, having successfully been independently evaluated against the ISEAL Codes of Good Practice in Standards-Setting, Assurance and Impacts.

Commitment to transparency

Our members are committed to improving their systems and demonstrating transparency. They submit annual progress reports and improvement plans against our Codes of Good Practice, and their participation status is published online. We also publish summary information from the independent evaluations of our Code Compliant members.

Access to strategic intelligence

Anyone working on sustainability issues or using sustainability systems can sign up to ISEAL Insight.

ISEAL Insight gives you access to:

  • a library of resources, technical documents and guidance notes
  • news, analysis and updates via a bimonthly newsletter and regular webinars.




ISEAL supports ambitious sustainability systems and their partners to tackle the world’s most pressing challenges. Learn more at