This certification is for use by groups of farmers, with each farmer not owning more than a total amount of 75 hectares of land. It can also be used by operations which trade products from smallholder group members. Micro and small biomaterial feedstock processors’ operations (less than 50,000 metric tonnes of biomaterial feedstock processed in a year) that process feedstock from group members can be included in the scope of certification.
As part of an RSB smallholder groups, an appointed management entity has responsibility for managing the certification process and putting the necessary systems in place to ensure the compliance of the individual group members under certification to the respective standard requirements. This management entity applies for certification, represents the group members when working with RSB and the certification body, and holds the RSB certificate. An external certification body will assess the group management system as well as the compliance of individual group members on a sample basis.
RSB’s Certification for Smallholders is composed of a standard for Group Management and an adapted RSB Principles & Criteria for Smallholder Groups. The adapted RSB Principles & Criteria do not include RSB’s Principle 5 on Rural Development and allows a stepwise approach to compliance with RSB’s sustainability requirements – giving smallholders up to three years to reach full compliance.
RSB’s approach to sustainability is anchored in our 12 Principles for the sustainable production of fuels and products.