ISCC Newsletter Nr. 74 vom 11. April 2016

ISCC fulfills SAI Silver and SAI Gold - Excellent Opportunities for ISCC System Users in the Food Market

Excellent opportunities have emerged for ISCC System Users to access new markets with only one certificate. The compliance of ISCC with SAI (Sustainable Agriculture Initiative) allows ISCC System Users to deliver materials into the global food market. ISCC certified companies now have the opportunity to fulfil next to the SAI Silver level also the SAI Gold level. This is applicable on a global level.

The SAI Platform is the primary global food & drink value chain initiative for sustainable agriculture. Initiated in 2002 by Nestlé, Unilever and Danone, today it has more than 80 members. They support the protection and improvement of the natural environment, as well as the social and economic conditions of farmers, their employees and local communities. The SAI has developed the Farm Sustainability Assessment (FSA), a tool to assess and improve the sustainability of farms.
Link to the SAI/FSA Website

Following a recent benchmark by the SAI Platform, ISCC EU and ISCC PLUS have been determined “Equivalent to FSA Silver" on a global level. This allows ISCC certified System Users around the world to sell their ISCC compliant products as "Equivalent to FSA 2.0 Silver".

SAI Gold, the highest SAI compliance level, can be fulfilled by System Users applying the voluntary ISCC PLUS Add-on “SAI Gold” on farm level. With this Add-on, products can be sold as “Equivalent to FSA 2.0 Gold” or as “ISCC Compliant with Add-on SAI Gold” on a global level.
Click here for further information on the Add-on “SAI Gold“

These new market opportunities will be elaborately explained at the ISCC PLUS Training that is taking place in Cologne from 19 – 20 April 2016.

Click here to register for the training

ISCC joined the United Nations Global Compact

The United Nations (UN) Global Compact is the world’s leading corporate initiative for business and non-business partners to engage in the transformation and shaping of a sustainable future economy. Participants of the UN Global Compact commit to proactively align operations and strategies to the universal principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.

ISCC wants to be a part of this vision, and supports the realisation of the ten universal principles, including the Millennium Development Goals. As a first step, the ISCC Association (ISCC e.V.) has joined the United Nations Global Compact.

As a non-business participant, ISCC will offer knowledge and support to platforms and special work streams; promote partnerships projects; engage with stakeholders and support companies in engaging and implementing the UN Global Compact sustainability efforts.

The Global Compact has more than 12,000 participants based in more than 160 countries.
For more information visit the UN Global Compact website

Upcoming ISCC Trainings in Cologne in April and May - Book your place today

In only a few weeks the following ISCC Trainings are taking place in Cologne.

ISCC PLUS Training: 19 – 20 April 2016 (1.5 days)

Link to further information and registration


ISCC Basic Training: 26 – 28 April 2016 (3 days)

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ISCC Greenhouse Gas Training: 9 – 10 May 2016 (1.5 days)

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The ISCC Basic Training covers all topics relevant for ISCC and ISCC PLUS certification. The participation in an ISCC Basic Training is a mandatory requirement for all auditors prior to conducting the first ISCC audit, and is a valuable seminar for ISCC System Users and companies that want to prepare for certification.

The specialised ISCC Trainings (ISCC PLUS and Greenhouse Gas) provide comprehensive insights, extensive case studies and group works in their respective topics.
The ISCC PLUS Training focuses on the certification requirements and market opportunities in the food, feed and chemical sector.
The ISCC Greenhouse Gas Training looks in detail at the methodological requirements for GHG calculations and verifications along the supply chain and provides practical examples of calculations.

Target groups: Certification bodies, ISCC lead auditors and other ISCC auditors, company representatives, NGOs, research bodies and authorities

ISCC in North America - Save the Date!

28 September 2016: ISCC Stakeholder Meeting in Las Vegas

ISCC is hosting a meeting for stakeholders in North America in Las Vegas on 28 September 2016. It will be the fifth regional stakeholder meeting in the framework of the ISCC Technical Committee North America.

The ISCC stakeholder meetings in North America have become not-to-be-missed events for representatives from associations and the industry in the food, feed, bioenergy and bioplastic sectors to discuss latest sustainability topics, share experiences and gain from excellent networking opportunities. The meeting will take place in the vibrant city of Las Vegas.

The attendance of the meeting will be free of charge. Further information on the agenda and the venue will be provided shortly. You can already register your attendance today.

Click here for the registration form and further information on the ISCC Technical Committee North America

GRAS - A Tool to guarantee Sustainable Bioenergy

Article on eubioenergy.com from 29 March 2016

GRAS - Global Risk Assessment Services - is an easy-to-use online tool to guarantee that biomass is being produced sustainably.

GRAS is an automated system of satellite monitoring that provides comprehensive sustainability-related information on biodiversity, carbon stocks, land use change (LUC) and social indices.
The article describes how GRAS provides analysis on the basis of up-to-date satellite imagery and shows examples on how GRAS can be used to monitor land use change over time. GRAS can be applied, for example, for the risk assessment in the framework of sustainability certification.
Click here to read the full article
Click here to learn more about GRAS