ISIC Categories

Standards, practices and materiality of various Sustainability and CSR issues vary widely across business activities. For this reason EcoVadis uses a sector-adapted approach to the CSR assessment and rating methodology, following the ISIC standard definitions of business activities, which many procurement organizations refer to as “purchasing categories.” Below is the complete list of 190 business activities listed with ISIC code, and grouped into ten Industry divisions.

These Industry Divisions are used in the analysis for the EcoVadis Index, as well as for the annual EcoVadis Sustainability Leadership Awards.

*Note Only 9 Industry divisions had a large enough data set to be included in the 2017 Index.

Food & Beverage

ISIC Category
Processing and preserving of meat101
Processing and preserving of fish, crustaceans and molluscs102
Processing and preserving of fruit and vegetables103
Manufacture of vegetable and animal oils and fats104
Manufacture of dairy products105
Manufacture of grain mill products, starches and starch products106
Manufacture of other food products107
Manufacture of prepared animal feeds108
Distilling, rectifying and blending of spirits1101
Manufacture of wines1102
Manufacture of malt liquors and malt1103
Manufacture of soft drinks; production of mineral waters and other bottled waters1104

Manufacturing Light

ISIC Category
Spinning, weaving and finishing of textiles131
Manufacture of other textiles139
Manufacture of wearing apparel14
Manufacture of luggage, handbags and the like, saddlery and harness1512
Manufacture of footwear152
Manufacture of wood and of products of wood and cork, except furniture; manufacture of articles of s16
Manufacture of pulp, paper and paperboard1701
Manufacture of corrugated paper and paperboard and of containers of paper and paperboard1702
Manufacture of other articles of paper and paperboard1709
Printing and service activities related to printing181
Manufacture of furniture31
Manufacture of games and toys324
Manufacture of medical and dental instruments and supplies325
Other manufacturing n.e.c.3290
Repair and installation of machinery and equipment33

Manufacturing Heavy

ISIC Category
Manufacture of coke and refined petroleum products19
Manufacture of basic chemicals, fertilizers and nitrogen compounds, plastics and synthetic rubber in201
Manufacture of pesticides and other agrochemical products2021
Manufacture of paints, varnishes and similar coatings, printing ink and mastics2022
Manufacture of soap and detergents, cleaning and polishing preparations, perfumes and toilet prepara2023
Manufacture of other chemical products n.e.c.2029
Manufacture of man-made fibres203
Manufacture of basic pharmaceutical products and pharmaceutical preparations21
Manufacture of rubber products221
Manufacture of plastics products222
Manufacture of glass and glass products231
Manufacture of refractory products2391
Manufacture of clay building materials2392
Manufacture of other porcelain and ceramic products2393
Manufacture of cement, lime and plaster2394
Manufacture of articles of concrete, cement and plaster2395
Manufacture of other non-metallic mineral products n.e.c2399
Manufacture of basic iron and steel241
Manufacture of basic precious and other non-ferrous metals242
Casting of metals243
Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply35
Water collection, treatment and supply36
Waste collection381
Waste treatment and disposal382
Materials recovery383
Remediation activities and other waste management services39

Manufacturing Advanced

ISIC Category
Manufacture of structural metal products, tanks, reservoirs and steam generators251
Manufacture of weapons and ammunition252
Forging, pressing, stamping and roll-forming of metal; powder metallurgy2591
Treatment and coating of metals; machining2592
Manufacture of cutlery, hand tools and general hardware2593
Manufacture of other fabricated metal products n.e.c.2599
Manufacture of electronic components and boards261
Manufacture of computers and peripheral equipment262
Manufacture of communication equipment263
Manufacture of consumer electronics264
Manufacture of measuring, testing, navigating and control equipment; watches and clocks265
Manufacture of irradiation, electromedical and electrotherapeutic equipment266
Manufacture of optical instruments and photographic equipment267
Manufacture of magnetic and optical media268
Manufacture of electrical equipment27
Manufacture of electric motors, generators, transformers and electricity distribution and control ap271
Manufacture of batteries and accumulators272
Manufacture of wiring and wiring devices273
Manufacture of electric lighting equipment274
Manufacture of domestic appliances275
Manufacture of other electrical equipment279
Manufacture of general-purpose machinery281
Manufacture of special-purpose machinery282
Manufacture of motor vehicles291
Manufacture of bodies (coachwork) for motor vehicles; manufacture of trailers and semi-trailers292
Manufacture of parts and accessories for motor vehicles293
Building of ships and boats301
Manufacture of railway locomotives and rolling stock302
Manufacture of air and spacecraft and related machinery303
Manufacture of bicycles and invalid carriages3092


ISIC Category
Construction of buildings41
Construction of roads and railways421
Construction of utility projects422
Construction of other civil engineering projects429
Demolition and site preparation431
Electrical, plumbing and other construction installation activities432
Building completion and finishing433
Other specialized construction activities439

Wholesale, Services, Professionals

ISIC Category
Wholesale and retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles45
Sale of motor vehicles451
Maintenance and repair of motor vehicles452
Sale of motor vehicle parts and accessories453
Wholesale on a fee or contract basis461
Wholesale of agricultural raw materials and live animals462
Wholesale of food, beverages and tobacco463
Wholesale of household goods464
Wholesale of textiles, clothing and footwear4641
Wholesale of other household goods4649
Wholesale of computers, computer peripheral equipment and software4651
Wholesale of electronic and telecommunications equipment and parts4652
Wholesale of agricultural machinery, equipment and supplies4653
Wholesale of other machinery and equipment4659
Wholesale of solid, liquid and gaseous fuels and related products4661
Wholesale of metals and metal ores4662
Wholesale of construction materials, hardware, plumbing and heating equipment and supplies4663
Wholesale of waste, chemicals, fertilizers and agrochemical products, and other products n.e.c.t.4669
Non-specialized wholesale trade469
Retail sale of food, beverages and tobacco in specialized stores472
Retail sale of books, newspapers and stationary in specialized stores4761
Retail sale of games and toys in specialized stores4764
Retail sale of pharmaceutical and medical goods, cosmetic and toilet articles in specialized stores4772
Food and beverage service activities56
Architectural and engineering activities; technical testing and analysis71
Scientific research and development72
Advertising and market research73
Other professional, scientific and technical activities74
Renting and leasing of motor vehicles771
Renting and leasing of personal and household goods772
Renting and leasing of other machinery, equipment and tangible goods773
Activities of employment placement agencies781
Temporary employment agency activities782
Travel agency, tour operator, reservation service and related activities79
Security and investigation activities80
Combined facilities support activities811
Cleaning activities812
Landscape care and maintenance service activities813
Office administrative and support activities821
Activities of call centres822
Organization of conventions and trade shows823
Business support service activities n.e.c.829
Activities of collection agencies and credit bureaus8291
Packaging activities8292
Other business support service activities n.e.c.8299


ISIC Category
Transport via railways491
Other passenger land transport4922
Freight transport by road4923
Transport via pipeline493
Sea and coastal water transport501
Inland water transport502
Passenger air transport511
Freight air transport512
Warehousing and support activities for transportation52
Warehousing and storage521
Service activities incidental to land transportation5221
Service activities incidental to air transportation5223
Other transportation support activities5229
Postal, courier and multi-modal freight transport activities53


ISIC Category
Book publishing5811
Publishing of newspapers, journals and periodicals5813
Software publishing582
Motion picture, video and television programme production, sound recording and music publishing acti59
Programming and broadcasting activities60
Computer programming, consultancy and related activities62
Data processing, hosting and related activities; web portals631
News agency activities6391

Finance, Legal, Consulting

ISIC Category
Financial service activities, except insurance and pension funding64
Insurance, reinsurance and pension funding, except compulsory social security65
Other activities auxiliary to financial service activities6619
Risk and damage evaluation6621
Activities of insurance agents and brokers6622
Other activities auxiliary to insurance and pension funding6629
Real estate activities68
Legal and accounting activities69
Activities of head offices; management consultancy activities70

Primary materials

ISIC Category
Growing of perennial crops12
Growing of other tree and bush fruits and nuts125
Growing of beverage crops127
Growing of other perennial crops129
Animal production14
Seed processing for propagation164
Forestry and logging2
Mining of coal and lignite5
Extraction of crude petroleum and natural gas6
Mining of metal ores7
Other mining and quarrying8
Quarrying of stone, sand and clay810
Extraction of salt893
Other mining and quarrying n.e.c.899
Mining support service activities9
Support activities for petroleum and natural gas extraction91


ISIC Category
Higher education853
Other education854
Human health activities86
Residential care activities87
Other social work activities without accommodation889
Sports activities and amusement and recreation activities93
Repair of computers and personal and household goods95
Washing and (dry-) cleaning of textile and fur products9601
Other personal service activities n.e.c.9609