ISCC Works Towards a
Sustainable World

ISCC’s mission is to use certification as a tool to reduce GHG emissions and establish sustainable production with fully traceable supply chains from the origin to the final user. This shall be achieved by implementing social, economic and environmental criteria. 

We believe that sustainable supply chains are crucial to fight the most severe impacts of the climate crisis. Since greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are major contributors to climate change, we also consider the identification and reduction of GHG emissions as an important part of our work.

Our vision is to create a world without deforestation, a truly circular economy and a sustainable bioeconomy that minimises waste production. Sustainable agriculture that protects high-biodiversity and high-carbon lands and respects human, labour and land rights will contribute to this vision. In doing so, we aim to develop a resilient economic system and mitigate climate change.


ISCC’s Objectives

  • Implementation of zero-deforestation
  • Protection of land with high biodiversity value and high carbon stock,
  • Protection of soil, water and air
  • Compliance with human, labour and land rights
  • Measurement and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions
  • Traceability throughout supply chains

Sustainability Certification for all Feedstocks and Markets on a Global Scale

You are handling different feedstocks and you would like to only have one sustainability certification scheme that covers them all? With ISCC, only one audit is required to supply all feedstocks to all markets!


Facts and Figures

ISCC is a globally applicable sustainability certification system and covers all sustainable feedstocks, including agricultural and forestry biomass, biogenic wastes and residues, circular materials and renewables. With currently over 9000 valid certificates in more than 130 countries, ISCC is among the world’s largest certification systems. It has been developed through an open multi-stakeholder process and is governed by an association with more than 250 members, including research institutes and NGOs. As a no-deforestation standard with a strong commitment to protect forests, high-carbon stock lands and biodiversity, ISCC strives for a world where biomass and other raw materials are produced in an environmentally, socially and economically sustainable manner.

Data as of May 2024

Frequently Asked Questions

We understand that you may have questions about our company and products, and we are here to help:

You will find a comprehensive FAQ section that addresses typical questions and provides corresponding answers. If you are having difficulties finding what you are looking for, please contact us. We are always happy to provide any support we can.


ISCC Association

ISCC has been developed through an open multi-stakeholder process and is governed by an association with more than 255 members, including amongst others research institutes and NGOs, industry representatives, as well as the public sector. The ISCC Association (ISCC e.V.) is the legally registered body responsible for governing ISCC, for guiding the strategic decisions taken by ISCC, and for unifying and representing ISCC’s stakeholders. The ISCC Association guarantees adherence with the multi-stakeholder process. Organisations may become members of the ISCC Association if they share the same goal and mission as ISCC. Members can participate in the organisation and have a voting right.


ISCC Certification

ISCC operates different certification systems for different markets

The verification of compliance with the ISCC requirements as well as the issuance of ISCC certificates are performed by recognised third-party certification bodies (CBs) cooperating with ISCC.


Transparency

Transparent provision of information is of great importance for ISCC as a secure and credible certification system

Therefore, various information is publicly available on the ISCC website, such as ISCC System Documents containing the detailed certification and audit requirements, guidelines for audits, instructions for System Users on how to participate in the system, a list of all Certification Bodies cooperating with ISCC, a list of certified ISCC System Users and System Users being excluded from ISCC certification, as well as documentation of ISCC stakeholder meetings.


Testimonials

With ISCC we have set ourselves apart as an example to our community, as the leaders in environmental and human rights protection.

Cristóbal Roda Vaca, CEO, Aguaí, Bolivia

ISCC is the gold standard for environmental, economic and social sustainability, globally.

Niamh Boyle, Research Analyst, PRIMA Markets, United Kingdom

We consider ISCC as a great partner. Together with ISCC we have deepened the knowledge of environmental activities necessary to guarantee an agricultural production that is safe, sustainable and climate friendly.

Elson Fernandes de Lima, Manager, Casa da Floresta Ambiental, Brazil

The GHG methodology, calculation and verification under ISCC is science-based, well-established, with broad acceptance around the globe.

Dr Steffen Mueller, PHD Principal Economist, The University of Illinois at Chicago, USA

ISCC has placed a very important role because it gives you a proof of sustainability throughout the whole [supply] chain which makes the product more credible, comparable and tradeable.

Joanna Cronheim, Director, Ambrian Energy, Germany

Well over a thousand Canadian growers are now ISCC certified confirming that Canadian growers and processors meet ISCC’s stringent global sustainability standards. ISCC has proven to be a robust, effective certification system for sustainability.

Samara Hutton, Manager, The Canola Council of Canada, Canada

We support ISCC as it is a solid system already integrating social security issues and promoting the further inclusion of food security aspects.

Dr Rafaël Schneider, Deputy Director, Welthungerhilfe, Germany

We use ISCC as ISCC has developed a solid GHG calculation methodology and a GHG audit approach that works well in practice.

Andreas Vogt, Managing Director, Bunge Deutschland GmbH, Germany

It was a natural choice for UPM to choose ISCC. It is the most widely used certification scheme and it really gives you proof of sustainability throughout the supply chain.

Maiju Helin, Sustainability and Regulation Manager, UPM, Finland

When we have chosen ISCC, we knew that our customers get the certificate which proofs that everything in the supply chain was done correctly.

Christian Dyczek, Sustainability Manager, Münzer Bioindustrie GmbH, Austria