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Mike Read Associates has just been appointed to carry out an outcome evaluation of the Better Cotton Initiative in Turkey. The evaluation will consider working conditions, the business case, and environmental improvements.


Mike Read Associates is now be working with Resources for Change to carry out a participatory evaluation of ISEAL’s DFID-funded project Credible Standards for Responsible Business.


Liz Read has been contracted to commission Councillor training for Parish and Town Councillors in Wiltshire. She will be designing and delivering a day course on the law, procedures and finances of a Parish Council. She is happy to hear from other organisations looking to run courses or facilitated workshops.


MRA has recently researched and co-authored ISEAL's Impact and Outcome Claims and Communications Good Practice Guide, and ISEAL's Sustainability Claims Good Practice Guide.

Impact and Outcome Claims and Communications Good Practice Guide

Sustainability Claims Good Practice Guide


Mike Read steps down from the GSTC Accreditation Panel after 6 years. "I want to acknowledge Mike’s significant contribution both in the establishment of the Panel through input on the manuals, business plans and other documents at the beginning of the process and then for his work over the past 6 years in diligently reviewing the assessments of standards applying for Recognition and later applications for Approval". Cathy Parsons, GSTC Panel Chair.


In 2015, MRA was commissioned to raise awareness, to forge a consortium of over 30 community groups and to develop a ‘Stage One’ application for funding. The Big Lottery have announced this consortium as the only one chosen in its region to go forward to a ‘Stage Two’ application for £4million to build employment opportunities for disadvantaged people.


Mike Read has been asked by Accreditation Services International to work with James Sullivan Consulting to review ASI's assessment findings procedures.


Mike has been asked to write a guest blog on ‘The Kitbag’. See his post on certification, cost and confidence.


MRA has been retained by Community First to review and rewrite the Good Practice Guide to community transport.


Mike Read has been appointed to the Accreditation Committee of ASI.


MRA is now working with JJS Consulting to help the Aquaculture Stewardship Council design sampling and risk management strategies.


Mike Read has been appointed as an independent Impacts Code evaluator for ISEAL.


Mike Read Associates has been asked by ISEAL to further develop work for ISEAL on risk management. This will now be applied to ISEAL members' claims and labelling policy and practice.


Mike Read Associates has been retained by RSB - the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials. Mike will be working with our talented new design Associate Patrick Williams to write and design guides to RSB's certification and standards system.


MRA has been commissioned by Community First to administer a new agreement that will help community groups access European Union funding through the European Social Fund. This is an exciting new opportunity to bridge the gap between the EU and poorly-resourced, local groups representing disadvantaged people.


Mike Read Associates has been commissioned by Fairtrade International to research, review and develop a Risk and Opportunity Register for the global Fairtrade movement.


Research paper views near 500

A ground-breaking paper by Mike Read considering whether tourism has a net positive or negative impact is approaching a remarkable 500 online 'views/downloads'.

The paper, which appeared in Tourism Management Perspectives, trials a prototype cost-benefit analysis tool. Research indicated that despite contributions to local economies, many holidays have a net negative impact.

The paper also identifies the major aspects of overseas tourism that need attention in making tourism less unsustainable.


Mike Read Associates has been asked by Earthwatch to review and make recommendations on the monitoring and evaluation of the Fresh Water Watch, Earth Skills Network, and Project Better World programmes they run they run in partnership with HSBC and with Shell.


Mike and Associates have just completed a research report on traceability of local agricultural, responsibly farmed products to mainstream tourist hotels in Turkey.


Mike Read Associates has been commissioned to review and make recommendations on risk management for ISEAL members, and Mike has been appointed an ISEAL independent Code Evaluator.


Mike Read Associates has been commissioned by Earthwatch to carry out an impact review of the Business Skills for World Heritage Sites Programme. This programme is a collaboration between Earthwatch, Shell and the UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Over the next four months we will be reviewing the impacts, outcomes and outputs of the programme thus far, and making recommendations for the future.


Mike Read Associates has recently completed five eTutorials for the ISEAL Alliance. The ISEAL Alliance is the global membership association for sustainability standards. These eTutorials will be available to ISEAL’s online community and will help ISEAL members (which include FSC, MSC, Fairtrade International) to use statistics and sampling both credibly and cost-effectively.