InsightsFuture works with sustainability initiatives including voluntary sustainability standards and other certification and verification systems.

We focus on three core areas of support:

Assurance system design and improvements

Credible certification and verification systems rely on a core set of principles to conduct assurance audits including rigor, consistency, and impartiality. Assurance practices are often rooted in traditional methods for verifying compliance with standards or codes of practice. Methods include in-person audits and default mechanisms for audit data collection. Yet data and information have become drivers of value and efficiency for organizations. We can support your assurance system by adapting internal processes and workflows that place data at the center of operations for greater efficiency and enhanced business intelligence for decision-making.

Sustainability data governance

If your organization or department is experiencing challenges using data effectively to provide consistent insights to internal teams, clients, or donors, we can help you implement data governance concepts to create a system that ensures traceability for the data most critical to your key stakeholders and objectives. Our data governance approach uses your practical business challenges as a basis to understand which data is most critical to define, inventory, and trace in your daily operations so that it can provide consistent business value for decision-making over time.

Benchmarking and recognition programs

Certification programs today are exploring collaborations with like-minded organizations that can support their missions and help scale their presence and impact. InsightsFuture can support your organization in designing and conducting due diligence through benchmarking tools and assessments that evaluate whether and how potential collaborations could be a good fit with your mission. We also organize ongoing benchmarking assessment activities into a formal recognition program that protects the credibility of your organization and scales your efficiency in managing multiple collaborations.

Assurance risk management

Consistent high-quality data is essential to any risk management approach, particularly in uncertain times. The operating conditions for organizations during the Covid-19 pandemic have increased important operational risks for organizations like standards systems that depend on auditors in the field to conduct compliance audits. New audit types such as remote or hybrid audits require new diligence in assurance to evaluate their rigor and consistency.

We can help you apply practical risk management tools such as risk registers and improvement feedback loops throughout your assurance system to ensure you can effectively navigate the current limitations for assurance audits. These practices represent best management practice to safeguard the rigor and credibility of your assurance guarantee.

For an initial consultation to discuss ways we can support your sustainability efforts, contact Ana to explore how we can work together.