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ISCC is working to harmonise new or emerging sustainability requirements – modular add-ons allow perfect fit



The Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform is the primary global food & drink value chain initiative for sustainable agriculture. ISCC fulfils SAI Silver level. With the add-on SAI Gold, compliance with the SAI Gold level is fulfilled. Certified companies have excellent opportunities to deliver into the global food sector. An overview of the SAI members can be found here

Compliance with the Unilever Sustainable Agricultural code is achieved with the Add-ons “Environmental Management and Biodiversity” and “Classified chemicals”

Coca Cola’s Sustainable Agriculture Guiding Principles accepts ISCC as compliant with add-ons “Environmental Management and Biodiversity”, “Classified Chemicals” and “Consumables

ISCC is in line with the Retailers’ Soy Group’s (RSG) requirements for responsible soy of the Consumer Goods Forum


The European Commission has re-recognized ISCC as one of the first certification schemes under the European Energy Directive (RED)

ISCC complies with the Fuel Quality Directive (FQD) of the European Commission

The Japanese Government recognises ISCC (click here for more information)

ISCC is in compliance with the Liquid Fuel Supply Regulation of Queensland

ISCC usage and recognition for biofuels and bioliquids (as of May 2018)

Bio-based material

ISCC has been accepted by “Der Blaue Engel” for bioplastic granulate for writing utensils and stamps

ISCC is recognized by the German initiative for sustainable supply of raw materials for the industrial use of biomass (INRO). INRO recognition ISCC

ISCC is recognized by Green Deal, the Dutch initiative for sustainability critieria for biobased polymer products


The European Feed Manufacturers’ Federation (FEFAC) has benchmarked ISCC. ISCC products can be sold as “in line with FEFAC Soy Sourcing Guidelines”


Organisation to promote sustainable and non-GMO soybean cultivation in Europe. ISCC certification has been accepted as compliant

The Soy Network Switzerland supports the cultivation and marketing of responsibly produced soy. ISCC PLUS with Add-on “Non-GMO” has been accepted as core standard.

ISCC has adapted the Add-on “Non GMO” in order to comply with supply chain requirements of “Ohne Gentechnik”


Textile Exchange is a global non-profit organisation promoting sustainable practices in the textile value chain. ISCC is recognised as a sustainable initiative under its “2025 Sustainable Cotton Challenge” which encourages brands to commit to source 100% of their cotton from the most sustainable sources. Please click here for further information


CDP (formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project) recognizes ISCC as a credible third party certification scheme to demonstrate responsible sourcing practices in areas that are exposed to high risk of deforestation. For further information click here


ISCC contributes towards the achievement of high social and ecological sustainability objectives

United Nations Global Compact

World’s leading corporate sustainability initiative with more than 12,000 corporate participants and other stakeholders based in more than 160 countries

Participants agreed on two objectives:

  • Integrate ten UN universal principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption in business activity around the world, and
  • Catalyse actions in support of broader UN goals, such as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

ISCC offers knowledge and support to platforms and special workstreams; promotes partnerships projects; engages with stakeholders and supports companies in engaging and implementing the UN Global Compact sustainability efforts.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Set of goals countries have agreed upon in 2015 in ordert o eliminate poverty, protect the planet and guarantee prosperity for all.

ISCC contributes towards the achievement of these goals through:

Principles 1 & 2: Protection of land with high biodiversity value or high carbon stock. Production in an environmental responsible way, including the protection of soil, water and air

Principle 3: Safe working conditions

Principle 4: Human rights, labour rights and land rights

Paris COP21 and Marrakesh COP22

  • A long-term goal of keeping the increase in global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels
  • To aim to limit the increase to 1.5°C, since this would significantly reduce risks and the impacts of climate change
  • On the need for global emissions to peak as soon as possible, recognising that this will take longer for developing countries
  • To undertake rapid reductions thereafter in accordance with the best available science

GHG requirements already implemented in ISCC. Detailed methodology for international supply chains in place.

Circular Economy

EU policy on waste treatment, including:

  • Packaging and packaging waste directive
  • Waste framework directive
  • Landfill directive

Aim: “Close the loop” of products lifecycle through increased recycling and re-use

ISCC is already in a leading position for waste and residue certification.