While the market for certified products and services is growing rapidly, at a general level information and knowledge about standards systems as tools for improving performance and linking sustainable production with consumption remains a key limitation for scaled-up growth and impacts on the ground. Therefore, the ISEAL Alliance and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) have been interested in exploring the feasibility of developing a “Standards Systems Academy” (SSA). The aim of the academy is to provide training services to different target groups interested in learning more about how social and environmental standards and certifications work and how they can be used as tools in achieving organizational objectives.
Following a public tender, ISEAL and GIZ appointed BSD Consulting (Switzerland) together with Heiko Liedeker (Leading Standards, Germany) and ProForest (United Kingdom) to undertake a feasibility study to deepen the understanding of how this Standards Systems Academy could be designed and implemented. The feasibility study consisted of market research, including an online survey with target audiences, as well as the development of a business model for the academy.
Feasibility Study on the Standards Systems Academy
November 2010 - September 2011
BSD Consulting, together with Heiko Liedeker and ProForest, were appointed by ISEAL Alliance and GIZ to conduct a feasibility study on the establishment of a Standards Systems Academy. The aim of the academy is to provide training services to different target groups interested in learning more about social and environmental standards.
- ISEAL Alliance (Standard Systems Academy)
- Government and public agencies
- Non-Profit / NGO
- Zurich, Switzerland