Technical Working Group on Displacement Effects
Revision of the RSB Standard for the Certification of Bio-products – Public Summary of the Process
The RSB Standard for the Certification of Bio-Products is a supplement to the RSB Principles & Criteria and enables producers of bio-chemicals and bio-products supply chains to receive RSB certification and to demonstrate responsible practice throughout the supply chain.
The scope of the current RSB Standard for the Certification of Bio-Products is global and covers the full supply chain of Bio-products, including plastics, textiles, pharmaceuticals, packaging, tableware, cosmetics, nutritional supplements, and many others. As part of the standard revision process a scope extension will be discussed to also cover advanced materials from mass balanced processes or fossil based waste materials.
Revision of the Standard
The RSB Standard is constantly evolving as our world evolves. As new technology, research and sustainability issues emerge, the RSB works with its stakeholders to adapt the Standard. Based on comments received while implementing the Standard, the RSB Secretariat suggests a focus on the following topics during this revision process:
Download the Public Summary, including the Standard Setting Procedure, for this revision here.
The RSB is a full member of the ISEAL Alliance which sets Codes of Good Practice for multistakeholder sustainability standards. Compliance with ISEAL requirements is a rigorous process and has only been achieved by a limited number of global sustainability standards such as the Forest Stewardship Council, FairTrade and the Marine Stewardship Council.
The RSB was independently evaluated and found to be in compliance with the ISEAL Standard-Setting Code, which defines effective standard-setting processes and increases the credibility of the standard.
An integral component of the RSB’s approach to implementing the Standard-Setting Code is our unique Chamber governance system. In combination with the decision-making mechanism based on consensus that ensures that the voices of all our stakeholders are heard, users of the standard can be sure that our standard covers all sustainability aspects that matter.
For information about current and past consultations, please visit the Public Consultations page.
As new technology, research and sustainability issues emerge, the RSB works with its members to adapt the Standard.
The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)’s 2016 Aviation Scorecard report recommends that airlines should make public commitments to source only RSB-certified aviation biofuels, and communicate this to fuel and feedstock producers. NRDC also recommends that airlines without delivery contracts for RSB-certified biofuels should explore and secure them at the earliest opportunity.
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