British company BM TRADA has become the world’s first certification body to be accredited for a sustainable palm oil scheme.
The multi-certification organisation was previously the first to be approved by governing body the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) to offer palm oil supply chain certification.
But the pilot accreditation — overseen by Accreditation Services International (ASI), one of the world’s leading accreditation bodies for sustainability standards systems — is said to “take things to the next level” by aligning BM TRADA’s palm oil chain of custody certification scheme with internationally recognised standards.
It also demonstrates that the body’s certification competence, impartiality and performance capability is of the “highest possible standards”.
With most British firms having made a voluntary commitment to sourcing 100 per cent certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO) by 2015, the new accreditation will provide an important reassurance for manufacturers, suppliers and retailers seeking a reputable organisation to oversee their own CoC implementation.
Speaking about the ASI accreditation, awarded this week, Tom Johnston, chief operating officer of BM TRADA Central Certification Services said: “We felt it was important for the RSPO supply chain certification scheme to be accredited to provide credibility and align it with other international certification programmes.
“We are committed to working in an accredited framework, and offering accredited schemes to our clients ensures we are complying to the highest possible standards.
“By achieving accreditation, it demonstrates our full compliance as an approved RSPO-certification body with international standards, reducing risk and ensuring that consumers, suppliers and purchasers can have confidence in the services provided,” he said.
Source: Confectionery Production