There is a growing awareness that current standards systems are too rigid and an impediment to progress in sectors where lack of capacity is a serious constraint in scaling up certification. Recognizing this challenge, the ISEAL Assurance Community, including representation from all ISEAL Full and Associate members, appointed Aidenvironment and Jinke van Dam Consultancy to identify models and lessons for improving the effectiveness of assurance in achieving a balance between compliance and learning.
From April to mid July 2014 Aidenvironment will be responsible for managing and coordinating the inception phase of the
Sustainability and Inclusion Strategy for Growth Corridors in Africa program (SUSTAIN–Africa).
Two Nepalese banks,
Nirdhan Utthan Development Bank Ltd
Agricultural Development Bank Ltd
, and two Nepalese NGOs,
HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation Nepal
, are developing a multi-year program on microfinance and rainwater harvesting.
and Aidenvironment initiated this program and are working to set up a strong partnership between public and private sector parties in Nepal.
In 2013 Aidenvironment was contracted by Sahabat Alam Malaysia / Friends of the Earth Malaysia to assess the scale of Malaysian Overseas Foreign Direct Investment (OFDI) in the oil palm plantation land bank, describe the sustainability impacts of ten selected investors, and assess how rogue overseas investors can be held accountable through legal and voluntary mechanisms.
Chain Reaction Research (CRR), a partnership between Aidenvironment, Profundo and Climate Advisers, is assessing the sustainability and financial risks associated with the operations and expansion plans of oil palm plantation companies. By publishing and proactively promoting six in-depth analyst reports that go beyond the sustainability risk perspective, CRR aims to influence mainstream analysts in their thinking about the risks associated with investing in company groups that expand their oil palm plantation land banks in contested landscapes.