RSB Application Process
- Step 1 in applying for RSB certification is to complete the online application form. The application requests basic information about your company, where you operate, your inputs and outputs, and other questions related to your core business.
- Step 2 involves completing the Self-Risk Assessment. The self-risk assessment asks a series of questions intended to classify the risk that your farm or business could come out of compliance on a scale of 1 to 6. The lower your risk class, the less frequent you will be required to undergo periodic audits, so there is a financial incentive to a lower risk class.
- Step 3 is to submit your application form and risk assessment to RSB and whichever certification body auditor you choose. RSB will conduct a brief due diligence review. After the review, RSB will send you a Participating Operator (PO) agreement and a PO number. RSB will also help you coordinate with the certification body partner and begin to plan for your on-site audit.
- Step 4 is to utilize the Pre-Audit Tools available including the Self-Evaluation, Greenhouse Gas Calculator, the Environmental and Social Management Plan template, and the Screening Tool. These items are described in the Step 4 section of this website. Once completed, submit these documents to RSB AND to the accredited Certification Body you choose. You have six months to begin the audit from the time you receive your PO number.