Building trust in our sustainability standards


Through our certification we ensure our members operate their business in a way that meets the requirements of RJC standards and report impact

To strive for the credibility of our assurance system we refer to the ISEAL Assurance Code. This sets out minimum criteria for implementation of the assurance management system and process. It builds on a set of desired outcomes for effective assurance and describes how they can be achieved in practice. This connection between assurance and impact enables us to improve the rigour, effectiveness and value of our standards to our members. Download assurance system change protocol.

It is critical to ensure our members comply with RJC standards. The RJC Assessment Manual details the assurance framework and is a useful guide for auditors and members preparing for their audit, we have also prepared a manual guide

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Being transparent and accountable is critical to maintain the credibility of RJC standards

To maintain our credibility in our standards, we also conduct regular reviews of our assurance systems, and operate the Assurance Committee as part of our RJC Governance Framework.  Our Assurance Code System Reports provide stakeholders with insight into the effectiveness of RJC assurance.

The role of the Assurance Committee is to oversee the ongoing evolution and maintenance of the RJC assurance system. The committee assists in the development of policies and procedures that relate to the certification of members and accreditation of third-party audit firms. The Committee comprises up to nine elected RJC member representatives with up to two external experts. Explore the RJC Governance Handbook for full details of the role and responsibility of the Assurance Committee. 

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Our standards help companies and consumers to verify sustainability claims.