Global standards

Global sustainability standards and certifications

Some standards apply to all organisations, while others are industry-specific. Here are just a few examples of global/cross-border standards.

The 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals
ISO – Standards for the UN Sustainable Development Goals
ISO 26000 guidance on social responsibility – sustainability standards
GRESB Global ESG Benchmark for Real Assets
Certified B Corporation (Australia & New Zealand)
Responsible Minerals Initiative
EarthCheck
Global Reporting Initiative
MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX®
Modern Slavery Declaration – the Global GreenTag International MSD™
Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB)

Managing global standards

The International Social & Environmental Accreditation & Labelling Alliance (ISEAL) manages international standards and ensures compliance of their members. If your business operates in the global marketplace (or aims to), you can review the ISEAL community to identify relevant industry organisations and global certifications.

The ISEAL membership works across more than a hundred countries, in sectors from forestry and seafood to biomaterials and extractives. They work with business, government, NGOs, researchers, and sustainability systems.