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 200 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 2021 Index.

Food & Beverage

ISIC Category
Distilling, rectifying and blending of spirits 1101
Manufacture of dairy products 105
Manufacture of grain mill products, starches and starch products 106
Manufacture of malt liquors and malt 1103
Manufacture of other food products 107
Manufacture of prepared animal feeds 108
Manufacture of soft drinks; production of mineral waters and other bottled waters 1104
Manufacture of vegetable and animal oils and fats 104
Manufacture of wines 1102
Processing and preserving of fish, crustaceans and molluscs 102
Processing and preserving of fruit and vegetables 103
Processing and preserving of meat 101

Manufacturing Light

ISIC Category
Manufacture of corrugated paper and paperboard and of containers of paper and paperboard 1702
Manufacture of footwear 152
Manufacture of furniture 31
Manufacture of games and toys 324
Manufacture of jewellery, bijouterie and related articles 321
Manufacture of luggage, handbags and the like, saddlery and harness 1512
Manufacture of medical and dental instruments and supplies 325
Manufacture of other articles of paper and paperboard 1709
Manufacture of other textiles 139
Manufacture of pulp, paper and paperboard 1701
Manufacture of wearing apparel 14
Manufacture of wood and of products of wood and cork, except furniture; manufacture of articles of straw and plaiting materials 16
Other manufacturing n.e.c. 3290
Printing and service activities related to printing 181
Repair and installation of machinery and equipment 33
Spinning, weaving and finishing of textiles 131

Manufacturing Heavy

ISIC Category
Casting of metals 243
Cutting, shaping and finishing of stone 2396
Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply 35
Manufacture of articles of concrete, cement and plaster 2395
Manufacture of basic chemicals, fertilizers and nitrogen compounds, plastics and synthetic rubber in 201
Manufacture of basic iron and steel 241
Manufacture of basic pharmaceutical products and pharmaceutical preparations 21
Manufacture of basic precious and other non-ferrous metals 242
Manufacture of cement, lime and plaster 2394
Manufacture of clay building materials 2392
Manufacture of coke and refined petroleum products 19
Manufacture of glass and glass products 231
Manufacture of man-made fibres 203
Manufacture of other chemical products n.e.c. 2029
Manufacture of other non-metallic mineral products n.e.c 2399
Manufacture of other porcelain and ceramic products 2393
Manufacture of paints, varnishes and similar coatings, printing ink and mastics 2022
Manufacture of pesticides and other agrochemical products 2021
Manufacture of plastics products 222
Manufacture of refractory products 2391
Manufacture of rubber products 221
Manufacture of soap and detergents, cleaning and polishing preparations, perfumes and toilet prepara 2023
Materials recovery 383
Remediation activities and other waste management services 39
Sewerage 37
Waste collection 381
Waste treatment and disposal 382
Water collection, treatment and supply 36

Manufacturing Advanced

ISIC Category
Building of ships and boats 301
Forging, pressing, stamping and roll-forming of metal; powder metallurgy 2591
Manufacture of air and spacecraft and related machinery 303
Manufacture of batteries and accumulators 272
Manufacture of bicycles and invalid carriages 3092
Manufacture of bodies (coachwork) for motor vehicles; manufacture of trailers and semi-trailers 292
Manufacture of communication equipment 263
Manufacture of computers and peripheral equipment 262
Manufacture of consumer electronics 264
Manufacture of cutlery, hand tools and general hardware 2593
Manufacture of domestic appliances 275
Manufacture of electric lighting equipment 274
Manufacture of electric motors, generators, transformers and electricity distribution and control ap 271
Manufacture of electronic components and boards 261
Manufacture of general-purpose machinery 281
Manufacture of irradiation, electromedical and electrotherapeutic equipment 266
Manufacture of magnetic and optical media 268
Manufacture of measuring, testing, navigating and control equipment; watches and clocks 265
Manufacture of motor vehicles 291
Manufacture of optical instruments and photographic equipment 267
Manufacture of other electrical equipment 279
Manufacture of other fabricated metal products n.e.c. 2599
Manufacture of parts and accessories for motor vehicles 293
Manufacture of railway locomotives and rolling stock 302
Manufacture of special-purpose machinery 282
Manufacture of structural metal products, tanks, reservoirs and steam generators 251
Manufacture of weapons and ammunition 252
Manufacture of wiring and wiring devices 273
Treatment and coating of metals; machining 2592


ISIC Category
Building completion and finishing 433
Construction of buildings 41
Construction of other civil engineering projects 429
Construction of roads and railways 421
Construction of utility projects 422
Demolition and site preparation 431
Electrical, plumbing and other construction installation activities 432
Other specialized construction activities 439

Wholesale, Services, Professionals

ISIC Category
Accommodation 55
Activities of call centres 822
Activities of collection agencies and credit bureaus 8291
Activities of employment placement agencies 781
Advertising and market research 73
Architectural and engineering activities; technical testing and analysis 71
Cleaning activities 812
Combined facilities support activities 811
Creative, arts and entertainment activities 90
Food and beverage service activities 56
Gambling and betting activities 92
Landscape care and maintenance service activities 813
Maintenance and repair of motor vehicles 452
Non-specialized wholesale trade 469
Office administrative and support activities 821
Organization of conventions and trade shows 823
Other business support service activities n.e.c. 8299
Other professional, scientific and technical activities 74
Packaging activities 8292
Renting and leasing of motor vehicles 771
Renting and leasing of other machinery, equipment and tangible goods 773
Renting and leasing of personal and household goods 772
Retail sale in non-specialized stores 471
Retail sale of books, newspapers and stationary in specialized stores 4761
Retail sale of food, beverages and tobacco in specialized stores 472
Retail sale of games and toys in specialized stores 4764
Retail sale of pharmaceutical and medical goods, cosmetic and toilet articles in specialized stores 4772
Retail sale of sporting equipment in specialized stores 4763
Sale of motor vehicle parts and accessories 453
Sale of motor vehicles 451
Scientific research and development 72
Security and investigation activities 80
Temporary employment agency activities 782
Travel agency, tour operator, reservation service and related activities 79
Wholesale of agricultural machinery, equipment and supplies 4653
Wholesale of agricultural raw materials and live animals 462
Wholesale of computers, computer peripheral equipment and software 4651
Wholesale of construction materials, hardware, plumbing and heating equipment and supplies 4663
Wholesale of electronic and telecommunications equipment and parts 4652
Wholesale of food, beverages and tobacco 463
Wholesale of metals and metal ores 4662
Wholesale of other household goods 4649
Wholesale of other machinery and equipment 4659
Wholesale of solid, liquid and gaseous fuels and related products 4661
Wholesale of textiles, clothing and footwear 4641
Wholesale of waste, chemicals, fertilizers and agrochemical products, and other products n.e.c. 4669
Wholesale on a fee or contract basis 461


ISIC Category
Freight air transport 512
Freight transport by road 4923
Inland water transport 502
Other passenger land transport 4922
Other transportation support activities 5229
Passenger air transport 511
Postal, courier and multi-modal freight transport activities 53
Sea and coastal water transport 501
Service activities incidental to air transportation 5223
Service activities incidental to land transportation 5221
Service activities incidental to water transportation 5222
Transport via pipeline 493
Transport via railways 491
Warehousing and storage 521


ISIC Category
Book publishing 5811
Computer programming, consultancy and related activities 62
Data processing, hosting and related activities; web portals 631
Motion picture, video and television programme production, sound recording and music publishing acti 59
News agency activities 6391
Other information service activities n.e.c. 6399
Programming and broadcasting activities 60
Publishing of newspapers, journals and periodicals 5813
Software publishing 582
Telecommunications 61

Finance, Legal, Consulting

ISIC Category
Activities of head offices; management consultancy activities 70
Activities of insurance agents and brokers 6622
Financial service activities, except insurance and pension funding 64
Insurance, reinsurance and pension funding, except compulsory social security 65
Legal and accounting activities 69
Other activities auxiliary to financial service activities 6619
Other activities auxiliary to insurance and pension funding 6629
Real estate activities 68
Risk and damage evaluation 6621

Primary materials

ISIC Category
Animal production 014
Aquaculture 032
Extraction of crude petroleum and natural gas 06
Extraction of salt 0893
Fishing 031
Forestry and logging 02
Growing of beverage crops 0127
Growing of non-perennial crops 011
Growing of other perennial crops 0129
Growing of other tree and bush fruits and nuts 0125
Growing of pome fruits and stone fruits 0124
Mining of chemical and fertilizer minerals 0891
Mining of coal and lignite 05
Mining of metal ores 07
Mining support service activities 09
Other mining and quarrying n.e.c. 0899
Quarrying of stone, sand and clay 0810
Seed processing for propagation 0164
Support activities for crop production 0161


ISIC Category
Higher education 853
Human health activities 86
Other education 854
Other personal service activities n.e.c. 9609
Other social work activities without accommodation 889
Repair of computers and personal and household goods 95
Residential care activities 87
Sports activities and amusement and recreation activities 93
Washing and (dry-) cleaning of textile and fur products 9601