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RSB Governance and People

The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials is governed by a Steering Board made up of representatives from the seven stakeholder Chambers. The Board is responsible for the management of the RSB and represents the Association towards third parties.  To ensure equal representation, most chambers are required to elect one of their representatives on the Steering Board from a country in the global North (developed) and one from a country in the global South (developing). The Steering Board is intended to represent the range of different stakeholders involved in sustainable biomaterials producion and processing. Steering Board members serve in a personal capacity, and do not represent their company or sector as a whole. The RSB Secretariat is based in Geneva, Switzerland.

The RSB Assembly of Delegates is the highest decision-making body of the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials. Each RSB Chamber elects up to three Delegates, thus giving each chamber and represented sectors the same weigh and influence in the decision making power.

Please read the Articles of Association for the full details.

The RSB also convenes Expert Groups made up of RSB members and outside experts to study certain issues (e.g. GHG accounting, indirect impacts, implementation, etc…). Expert Groups remain active until the specific issue has been adequately addressed, at which point they are deactivated.

Currently active expert groups are the following:

RSB governance diagram

RSB Stakeholder Mapping

The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials is a membership-based organization, with all decisions made through a consensus-driven process by all seven of the membership chambers, with international stakeholder participation from different sectors and geographic regions.

As an organization that depends upon the diversity of participation among its stakeholder groups, it is critical for the RSB to have a clear and accurate picture of the types of stakeholders involved in this global dialog. From small NGOs to large companies, and from the ‘Global South’ to the ‘Global North,’ all interested stakeholders working in an area impacted by biomaterials sectors are invited to join, raise their voice and share their expertise, to ensure that biomaterials do indeed deliver on their promise of sustainability.

The below RSB Stakeholder Mapping document describes this picture and the evolution of stakeholder engagement over the last few years of the RSB’s work.

For more information about stakeholder engagement, please consult the website of the ISEAL Alliance.