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The RSB Principles

Make sure you cover all sustainability issues with the RSB Principles.

The RSB Principles & Criteria describe how to produce biomass, biofuels and biomaterials in an environmentally, socially and economically responsible way. Because of the RSB’s unique decision-making structure based on consensus among all relevant stakeholders, the RSB Principles & Criteria are recognised as best-in-class in addressing key sustainability issues in a comprehensive way.

The RSB Principles & Criteria are based on a management and risk-oriented approach. Together with the RSB’s online tools and related guidance documents, the RSB Principles & Criteria help operators to identify and manage sustainability issues in a specific context and therefore reduce risks for operators, brand owners and investors.

Our Principles

Principle 1: Legality
Principle 2: Planning, Monitoring and Continuous Improvement
Principle 3: Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Principle 4: Human and Labour Rights
Principle 5: Rural and Social Development
Principle 6: Local Food Security
Principle 7: Conservation
Principle 8: Soil
Principle 9: Water
Principle 10: Air Quality
Principle 11: Use of Technology, Inputs, and Management of Waste
Principle 12: Land Rights
Optional Module: Low iLUC Risk Biomass

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Principle 1: Legality

We can help you understand and apply the RSB standard to your operations and help you prepare for certification via advice, staff training, and support with specific aspects of the standard.

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Principle 2: Planning, Monitoring and Continuous Improvement

Sustainable operations are planned, implemented, and continuously improved through an open, transparent, and consultative impact assessment and management process and an economic viability analysis.

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Principle 3: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Biofuels contribute to climate change mitigation by significantly reducing lifecycle GHG emissions as compared to those of fossil fuels.

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Principle 4: Human and Labour Rights

Operations do not violate human rights or labour rights, and promote decent work and the well-being of workers.

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Principle 5: Rural and Social Development

In regions of poverty, operations contribute to the social and economic development of local, rural and indigenous people and communities.

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Principle 6: Local Food Security

Operations ensure the human right to adequate food and improve food security in food insecure regions.

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Principle 7: Conservation

Operations avoid negative impacts on biodiversity, ecosystems, and conservation values.

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Principle 8: Soil

Operations implement practices that seek to reverse soil degradation and/or maintain soil health.

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Principle 9: Water

Operations maintain or enhance the quality and quantity of surface and groundwater resources, and respect prior formal or customary water rights.

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Principle 10: Air Quality

Air pollution is minimised along the whole supply chain.

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Principle 11: Use of Technology, Inputs, and Management of Waste

The use of technologies seeks to maximise production efficiency and social and environmental performance, and minimise the risk of damage to the environment and people.

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Principle 12: Land Rights

Operations respect land rights and land use rights.

Optional Module: Low iLUC Risk Biomass

Operators demonstrate that they produce biomass / biofuels / biomaterials with low risk to indirect land-use change.

What we do

Measuring Our Impact

The RSB trademark is a guarantee for sustainable production.

What we do

What we do

RSB works with all aspects of the bioeconomy.

Who we are

Who we are

The RSB has members from a worldwide movement of businesses, NGOs, academics, government and UN organisations that all have the same goal.

Testimonial

  • “RSB certification can ensure positive contributions to poverty alleviation (SDG 1) and food security (SDG 2).” – WWF Greener Skies Report

    WWF

Our Advisory Services are designed to help guide the path to certification

About Us

The RSB offers trusted, credible tools and solutions for sustainability and biomaterials certification that mitigate business risk, fuels the bioeconomy and contributes to the UN Sustainable Development Goals that enables the protection of ecosystems and the promotion of food security.

Contact Us

International Environment House 2
7-9 Chemin de Balexert
CH-1219 | Chatelaine (Geneva) | Switzerland

+41 22 534 90 50

info@rsb.org