Our Vision: 

A Future Where Sustainability Is Standard Practice

Our Mission: 

Empowering professionals to advance sustainability in organizations and communities around the globe.

The International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) is the world's leading professional association of sustainability professionals. We work to make sustainability standard practice by empowering professionals to advance sustainability in organizations and communities around the globe. As a professional association, ISSP improves the skills of sustainability practitioners through education, knowledge sharing, research, and professional credentials.

ISSP is committeed to achieving this mission and vision through an integrated strategy with three pillars: empowering professionals, establishing the profession, and defining professional excellence, based on a foundation of creating and convening communities of sustainability professionals. 


We achieve this through:

  • Professional Development: Providing sustainability education, training, webinars, professional credentials, and professional development opportunities
  • Membership: Linking sustainability professionals sharing best practices and innovation, locally and around the world
  • Sustainability Professional Certification: A globally recognized industry-wide initiative to advance the skills, knowledge and abilities and recognizes the achievement and competency for both new and experienced professionals 
  • Resources & Research: Providing tools and resources for advancing sustainability
  • Partnerships & Policies: Working with other sustainability-related organizations to extend our reach

ISSP is a member-driven organization committed to moving the profession of sustainability forward through building strong networks and communities of practice. Webinars, online courses, a sustainability professional certification, sustainability professional’s body of knowledge, special reports, resource directories, salary surveys and the ISSP Sustainability Professional Certification Program are just a sampling of the rich content offered to members. Established in 2008 as an independent 501(c)(3),  ISSP now boasts over 1000 members from every region of the world. Members share resources and best practices, and develop themselves professionally.

Individuals join ISSP to be a part of a professional organization building individual and collective knowledge in the highly dynamic and constantly developing field of sustainability.  In-person and virtual member events provide networking opportunities with sustainability professionals across all industries and sectors around the globe. Organizations join ISSP to make a visible commitment to advancing global sustainability, bring their services and knowledge to ISSP members, and provide individual memberships for their staff. For individual membership rates, see the Membership registration page.  For Organizational membership rates, see the Organizational membership registration page.

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