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About RSB

RSB works to ensure that the inevitable transformation to a biocircular economy is truly environmentally sustainable and socially just.

In partnership with the RSB membership community, we have developed a robust and credible sustainability framework, also known as the RSB Principles & Criteria.

The RSB Principles & Criteria describe how to ensure that this global transition is grounded in a holistic sustainability approach that goes beyond decarbonisation – advancing positive social and environmental outcomes. RSB’s approach empowers decision-makers in brands, industry, policy-making settings, and beyond, to deliver positive impacts for people and the planet.

Explore our sustainability framework

Our vision for the biocircular economy

Current scenario


Environmentally unsustainable

  • Climate in crisis and widespread ecosystem destruction
  • Harmful production practices
  • Increasing use of finite resources

Negative social impact

  • Livelihood insecurity
  • Food insecurity
  • Water insecurity

Extractive resource use

  • Exploitation of natural resources
  • Linear approach
  • Waste creation

Ideal scenario

Environmentally sustainable

  • 1.5°C warming cap achieved and net zero emissions
  • Ecosystems restored and enhanced
  • Fossil fuels left in the ground

Positive social impact

  • Human & labour rights guaranteed
  • Global nutrition assured
  • Global water access assured

Bio-based and circular resource use

  • Regenerative use of natural resources
  • Maximum circularity
  • Zero waste

Our mission


RSB works with partners from industry, civil society, policy-makers and academia globally
to advance the transition to a truly sustainable bio-based and circular economy,
grounded in the RSB Principles & Criteria.



Explore the global recognition of the RSB sustainability framework – the RSB Principles & Criteria

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