STANDARD DEVELOPMENT

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

The RSB is a full member of the ISEAL alliance 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 Elena Schmidt, RSB’s Standards 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

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.

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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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