US$400 – US$700

Sustainability Standards Essentials Training Workshop (San Francisco)

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California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance

425 Market Street, Suite 1000

San Francisco, CA 94105

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Join us for a full-day interactive workshop, delivered by ISEAL expert staff, who will provide practical, example-based training that delves into the fundamentals of social and environmental standards systems, as well as highlighting new practices and thinking from the field.

What is the workshop about?

(provisional outline - subject to change)

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 five foundation 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.

Introduction to Claims, Labelling and Chain of Custody

This session will give an overview of good practice for setting policies for claims about standards systems, and give insight for controlling the use of claims. It will also provide an overview of the different models of chain of custody most commonly in use by standards systems.

Developing a Theory of Change

This session will introduce the concept of a ToC, including the main elements and different uses. It will provide a number of recommendations for how to develop a ToC, including inspiring examples of various examples and formats.

Good 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.

Effective Assurance

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.

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.

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For more information email ISEAL's Membership & Services team at

Space is limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

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