LEAF (LINKING ENVIRONMENT AND FARMING) has been accepted as an associate member of the ISEAL Alliance, the global membership association for sustainability standards.
Becoming an associate member of ISEAL recognises that LEAF is committed to embracing credible practices, such as transparency and accountability, and improving with like-minded peers in its efforts to deliver sustainable farming on a global scale through the LEAF Marque assurance scheme.
Associate membership is an important step to gaining full membership in ISEAL and indicates that LEAF is on a path to demonstrating full compliance with ISEAL’s stringent Codes of Good Practice within a set time frame. ISEAL’s Codes of Good Practice are a global reference for developing credible sustainability standards covering the standard-setting and design process, monitoring and evaluation and the implementation of the assurance process. Compliance ensures that standards strive for continuous improvement and use credible and effective systems that are more likely to deliver positive social and environmental impacts.
Jeremy Boxall, Director of LEAF Marque said: “We are extremely proud to become an associate member of ISEAL. It is a significant achievement for LEAF. It will drive forward continuous improvement in everything we do, helping us to question our processes, structure and transparency to ensure we deliver on our environmental, social and economic goals. On a global scale, it also demonstrates to food businesses that the LEAF Marque is independently recognised for its commitment and ability to deliver sustainably produced food. This, in turn, offers significant market opportunities for farmers.”
ISEAL’s Executive Director, Karin Kreider, said about the announcement: “LEAF is a strong voice for sustainable agriculture and we are pleased to recognise the credibility of its standards system in promoting more responsible value chains.”
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