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Pre-Summit Course: Evaluating the Credibility of Sustainable Product & Service Claims

10:00 AM  -  5:00 PM, Monday, May 23, 2016  |  Room 5

ISEAL Credibility PrinciplesDo you rely upon sustainability standards, certifications, and claims in your procurement work? Do you wonder if you’re using the most credible ones? 

Do you know what makes a sustainability standard, certification, or claim credible?

Do you feel confident in evaluating the credibility of standards, certifications, and claims?

Can you verify that sustainability standards and certifications you specify produce their advertised benefits?

When a supplier claims a product has sustainability features not verified by a credible third party certification, do you know what questions to ask in order to verify that those claims are true?

Did you know purchasing professionals can play an important role in improving the credibility of sustainability standards?

Join us for this full-day interactive workshop delivered by experts from ISEAL Alliance, a nonprofit organization that has thought deeply about what makes a sustainability standard, certification, or product claim credible – an issue critical to the effectiveness of sustainable purchasing work. This workshop will provide purchasers with a practical, example-based training on how to evaluate the credibility and impact of social and environmental standards systems, how to use them in procurement, highlight new practices and thinking in the standards field, and provide the opportunity for engagement between purchasers and sustainability standards developers and certifiers.

Participants will receive free copies of ISEAL’s Codes of Good Practice on Standard-Setting, Assurance and Impacts, ISEAL’s Claims Good Practice Guide, an information pack on the Value of Sustainability Standards for Business, ISEAL’s Credibility Principles booklet, and a certificate of course completion.

Through completion of this course, participants will be able to demonstrate the following learning objectives:

  • Understand good practice for sustainability standards initiatives, including what’s behind a credible sustainability certification or label and what to look for when making procurement decisions.
  • Communicate the important factors in standard-setting, assurance, and monitoring and evaluation that contribute to an effective standards initiative.
  • Articulate good practices for claims about standards systems, and gain insight into how claims are most appropriately used.
  • Apply the principles for credible sustainability standards to any “sustainable” product or service claim received.
  • Understand what it takes for sustainability standards to implement a meaningful monitoring & evaluation system.
  • Articulate the importance of and latest thinking on assurance, including the effectiveness of different models of assurance.
  • Navigate various ISEAL resources and access guidance on good practice
  • Know how to engage in the improvement of existing sustainability standards and create demand for new standards where gaps are identified.
Registration Instructions
If you are attending the Summit…
Choose one of the Summit registration options on the first page of the registration system and then add the Evaluating the Credibility of Sustainable Product/Service Claims course to your Summit registration on the “Agenda” tab.

If you are not attending the Summit…
Choose the “Pre-Summit Events Only” option on the first page of the registration system and then add the Evaluating the Credibility of Sustainable Product/Service Claims course on the “Agenda” tab.

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Participation Details
– $515 for SPLC Members
– $675 for Non-Members
Date: May 23, 2016
Time: 10 AM – 5 PM ET
Kellogg Conference Hotel at Gallaudet University
800 Florida Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002

Lunch and snack breaks are included.

Space is limited.
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