As new technology, research and sustainability issues emerge, we work with our members to adapt our Standard.

RSB is an ISEAL Code Compliant Member and has a formal process for how the RSB Standard is developed, adapted and reviewed by its members. All major modifications require a formal consultation, in line with the ISEAL Codes of Good Practice, and approval by RSB members.

Standards Development Workplan

Please see the RSB Standards Development Workplan for a general overview of current standard development activities.

Proposing a Modification or Development of a Standard, Procedure or Guidance

Proposals to introduce new standards, procedures or guidance and/or adapt or modify content of the existing standards can be made at any time.

Please send proposals to Nicola Noponen, RSB’s Technical Director.

What to include in your proposal:

  • identify the specific portion of the standard to be modified or the type of standard to be introduced;
  • outline the rationale for the proposal and the stakeholder groups that could potentially be affected by the proposal; and
  • where relevant, reference background papers and, previous decisions or discussions by the RSB.

ISEAL - Standard-Setting Code

RSB is ISEAL Code Compliant. Our system has been independently evaluated against ISEAL’s Codes of Good Practice – a globally-recognised framework for effective, credible sustainability systems. More information at

As an ISEAL Community Member, RSB is working to continually improve its system by taking part in ISEAL’s learning, collaboration, and innovation activities.

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.

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Case Study

RSB & US Corn Stover Protocol

The RSB worked with partners in the USA to develop a protocol to assist auditors and producers in assessing the volumes of corn stover that can be removed from fields without having a detrimental impact on the ecosystem. Stakeholders involved in the development of the protocol included the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), NRCS Soil Science Division, the USDA Agricultural Research Service as well as US-based industrial and NGO participants.

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