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History of ISIN
ISIN Organizational Structure
The International Sustainability Indicators Network (ISIN) was established in 2001 to connect people who work on or are interested in using sustainability indicators to measure progress toward sustainability in their communities, companies, countries, and the world.
By sharing information about the successes and challenges of specific indicators projects, ISIN members can help each other become more effective users and developers of sustainability indicators. Working together, ISIN members can assist in the widespread development and use of indicators that consider the economic, environmental and societal impacts of actions and are effective measures of true progress toward sustainability.
ISIN's mission is to facilitate connections among sustainability practitioners, experts, and funders at all levels (local to international) around the world, so they can learn together and collaborate on ways to help communities and organizations toward sustainability through effective development and use of indicators and measurement and assessment tools.
The Network has two primary objectives:
The Network provides professional development opportunities for practitioners and experts through peer-to-peer information exchange, an biennial meeting, and Work Groups on topics of special interest such as business sustainability indicators, incorporating indicators in decision making, and measuring sustainable land use. The Network is designed to allow communication, ideas, and expertise to flow throughout the Network, not collect in any particular organization or group of individuals. Toward this end, the Network encourages and, as appropriate, actively supports members in being sources of information on sustainability indicators for others within the Network and those outside the Network interested in the topic.
- to coordinate communication among practitioners of sustainability indicators
- to increase the visibility and understanding of best practices related to sustainability measurement and indicators
To increase the visibility and understanding of best practices related to sustainability measurement and indicators, ISIN serves as a "center of critical reflection" on sustainability measurement, adding value through critical thinking and evaluation of current practices. Members of ISIN serve as a resource to other organizations working to achieve sustainability and assist them in those parts of their efforts related to measurement and indicators.
While the Network's focus is on indicators of sustainability, we believe that indicators do not stand alone; rather, they must be part of an ongoing process of planning, management, action and learning.
To learn more about ISIN's history, members, organizational structure, or how to join, read the other topics in this section.