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ISCC discloses projects linked to the Sustainable Development Goals

The International Carbon and Sustainability Certification System (ISCC) is aware of your performance and disclosed, recently, actions and projects of the organization that help to comply with the SDGs, but also generate a positive influence for other sectors to adopt a similar posture..

In 2015, the United Nations established the Sustainable Development Goals (ODS). They are 17 goals aimed at “end poverty and other hardships”.

But what to support, the organization is aware of the challenges and seeks to continuously improve its contribution to meeting the SDGs.

Below are some of the organization's actions and projects aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals.

ODS 1. Poverty Eradication


Until today, most farms in the world are managed by small independent farmers. Therefore, it is very important for the ISCC to support them. In cooperation with SVN, ISCC introduced a concept of certification for Small Independent Producers, applicable to small producers around the world who produce agricultural raw materials.. The mission is to improve livelihoods, market access and agricultural performance, as well as the environmental protection and social well-being of small independent farmers..

ODS 2. Zero Hunger and Agriculture Sustainable


From 2018, the organization is an official partner of the Food Safety Standard Project (FSS), established by WWF, World Hunger Aid ZEF (Development Research Center), with the support of the German Ministry of Food and Agriculture. The FSS provides a set of practical and measurable criteria that can be integrated into existing sustainability standards. It is based on the human right to adequate food. During the FSS pilot project, FSS has been successfully integrated into two regular ISCC audits of sugarcane plantations in Latin America. It can now be integrated into regular ISCC audits – for more information, Click here.

ODS 4. Quality education


For the ISCC, education is the key to a sustainable future. Therefore, we provide education on sustainable agricultural production, including protection of the ground, water and air, zero deforestation and human and labor rights in courses ISCC EU and PLUS Basic Training. Furthermore, ISCC offers training courses specific, como o ISCC Greenhouse Gas Training, to educate companies about how to calculate your greenhouse gas emissions and deepen your understanding of greenhouse gas requirements.

ODS 5. Gender equality


From 2016, the organization participates in a cooperation with AahrusKarlsham (AAK) to support women in Shea's industry to access new markets and become more independent. ISCC has developed a certification approach specifically for shea supply chains.. This allows many women who harvest shea nuts to be included in the sustainability certification process..

ODS 12. Consumption and Production Responsible

ISCC supports the circular economy and the bioeconomy with a scheme of multi-stakeholder and third-party sustainability certification. Recycled or bio-based products certified by the ISCC PLUS standard provide companies, brand owners and consumers, the guarantee that high sustainability requirements are met.

For interested parties who want to learn more about the certification approach, ISCC offers training ISCC MORE – Circular Economy and Bioeconomy.

ODS 13. Action Against Global Change of the climate

ISCC is committed to combating deforestation, the loss of biodiversity and depletion of carbon stocks. The system of ISCC multi-stakeholder certification promotes chains of deforestation-free supplies by prohibiting the conversion of land with high biodiversity value or high carbon stock for biomass production. Furthermore, the EU ISCC certification system for the production of biofuels in the EU requires minimal emission savings and, therefore, contributes to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions across the world.

Furthermore, O ISCC partners with German conservation organization “National Natural landscapes” to increase biodiversity in the Thuringian forest and with Angora Natura to restore the landscape and ancient biodiversity in the Bavaria's largest low-lying wetlands “Freising moss”.

ODS 15. life on earth

From 2018, ISCC provides ongoing support for the tool Global Risk Assessment Services (GRAS). The online tool provides solutions to demonstrate compliance with sustainability requirements, to detect deforestation and pasture conversion, manage sustainability risks and facilitate certification.

Inside your web app, GRAS displays data georeferenced on biodiversity, carbon stock, change in the use of land and social indices and allows users to carry out their own sustainability risk assessment.

ODS 17. Partnerships and Means of Implementation


The ISCC was developed through an open, multi-part process interested. During the ISCC Annual Global Sustainability Conference, industry participants, certification bodies, NGOs and authorities nationals discuss topics such as sustainable ​​biobased chains and Circular, regulatory framework conditions, certification of small producers and successful implementation of sustainability measures. Beyond of this, regularly organizes regional meetings of interested parties in the Europe, North and South America and Southeast Asia. Furthermore, ISCC created three technical committees on “circular economy and bioeconomy”, “Waste, advanced low carbon waste and fuels” e “solid biomass”. Click here for more information

The ISCC has also committed to the Global Compact of UN to show that companies need to take responsibility for secure a sustainable future.

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