Collaboration with Other Standards

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Helping operators meet the requirements of multiple standards through joint audits

The RSB works with other credible sustainability standards, such as other ISEAL Alliance members, to promote sustainability in the bioenergy and bio-products markets. These are multi-stakeholder standards that include a clear balance between the voice of industry and civil society and that aim to make a genuine positive impact on the environment and communities.

When RSB recognizes another voluntary certification scheme, audits are simplified and one audit can be done for two certifications. It allows other voluntary schemes to access diverse global markets and allows biomaterial certified by other schemes to enter an RSB-certified supply chain.

Before recognizing another certification scheme, the RSB conducts an in-depth review to identify equivalencies and gaps between the RSB and the other standard. It also identifies any additional requirements to be met by an operator already certified under the other scheme, in order for them to become RSB certified. Guidance and checklists are then developed for certification bodies to carry out ‘top-up’, or joint audits.

If you are already certified by Bonsucro, FSC or SAN, contact us to learn more about how to get RSB certified in conjunction with your existing certification.

Voluntary standards who wish to be considered for RSB recognition should contact us.

Recognized Voluntary Schemes

bonsucro_logo In March 2014, RSB completed a study revealing that Bonsucro certified sugarcane could be considered compliant with most of the RSB’s 12 Principles and Criteria, with the exception of the Principles on Rural and Social Development and Food Security. Download gap analysis summary.
In March 2013, RSB recognized that that FSC certified forests could be considered compliant with the 12 Principles and Criteria of the RSB Standard, with the exception of the Principles on Greenhouse Gas and Food Security. Download gap analysis summary.
In 2012, RSB recognized that Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms (certified according to the SAN standard) could be considered compliant with the RSB Standard except for criteria on greenhouse gas and food security. Download gap analysis summary.

EU Recognized Voluntary Sustainability Schemes
Biofuels and other biomaterials certified by any EU recognized Voluntary Sustainability Scheme can be accepted by RSB certified operators into their chain of custody. For more information on EU recognized Voluntary Sustainability Schemes, click here.

All eligible virgin materials are accepted and the following on-product claims can be made.

“EU RED compliant Biomass”

“EU RED compliant Biofuel”

Wastes and Residues
In the case of the RSB waste and residues policy, certain voluntary schemes are recognized and required for wastes and residues to be RSB certified. Forest residues must come from forests that are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), or equivalent, and some residues from palm oil production must come from plantations certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil. For more information on wastes and residues, click here.