The following tools enable a more credible, more effective and less costly certification process, making smallholder certification possible.
GRAS (Global Risk Assessment Services)
GRAS is an innovative and comprehensive web tool offering geo-referenced information about ecological and social sustainability and land use change (LUC). GRAS provides secure solutions to prove compliance with sustainability requirements, to implement no deforestation strategies in a transparent and verifiable way, to manage sustainability risks, to support mapping of supply chains and to facilitate certification. A key functionality is the detection of land use change by using a greenness index called Enhanced Vegetation Index (EVI), allowing its users to identify deforestation, replanting activities, grassland conversion and cropping activities. It enables a continuous monitoring of the sourcing area and acts as an early warning system.
The development has been supported by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) via its project agency Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe e.V. (FNR).
GRAS Independent Smallholder (ISH) Module
This module allows adding, managing, modifying, analyzing and visualizing ISH and Central Office (CO) data. Additionally, the module provides the possibility to collect ISH’s filed polygons directly onsite and to automatically verify the compliance of ISH fields against ISCC Principle 1.
The module is based on three components:
- The ISH Data Management System is a web-based application to enter, manage and modify CO and ISH data
- The Smallholder App allows to collect basic data on ISH (name, address), to take a photo and to capture ISH field’s polygons directly onsite
- The GRAS Visualization Interface displays online all information collected about the CO and the ISH and produces ISH specific reports
Figure 1: The GRAS ISH Module is based on a multi-step-approach
Below in the download section you can find the user manual to the GRAS ISH Module.
Click here to learn more about GRAS.
TYC (Trace your Claim)
TYC is a ground-breaking traceability database which provides solutions for companies’ key sourcing challenges. TYC can be applied globally for all kinds of materials. It provides traceability along supply chains as each element of the supply chain enters all sourcing information. All the data is transferred from one element to the other throughout the supply chain. This enables the traceability and verification of the chain of custody from the final product back to the source in an online system and helps to identify points of improvement within the supply chains. Furthermore, it enables an easy integration of smallholders into the global supply chains.
TYC is open to all users who want to make reliable claims on sustainability, raw material origin or product characteristics.
Click here to learn more about TYC.
GAP and ISCC Independent Smallholder Training
The Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and ISCC Independent Smallholder (ISH) Training helps ISH to get prepared for certification. Capacity building can help smallholders to
- Increase productivity and thus, increase income
- Raise attention at potential customers and ease selling fresh fruit bunches (FFBs)
- Get access to international markets
- Exclude supply chain levels and thus gain their arbitrage
- Ensure long-term stability and growth
- Provide funds for children and following generations
- Increase social well-being
- Act beneficial for environment and thus, also for themselves
- Receive ISCC certification
Figure 2: Palm nursery
The integrated ISCC and GAP training aims to support ISH in setting up or adapting organizational structures beneficial for certification and to raise awareness of GAP in order for smallholders to increase productivity. The independent smallholder training is based on a “Train the Trainer” concept: Master trainers receive a comprehensive training through ISCC specialists and regional and local experts. Master trainers provide the same training to the Central Offices that aim to be certified. The Central Offices provide trainings to ISH in the native language and only using material that is relevant for ISH.
ISCC has established a scorecard helping smallholders to identify gaps and to enable customized and focused independent smallholder trainings. It includes sustainability requirements which are independent of any certification system and which provides the base for a generic smallholder training. The sustainability criteria covered are based on the ITC standards map criteria. The scorecard can be applied by smallholders and internal auditors to monitor at different points in time the progresses of the sustainability performances and highlights when the smallholders fulfil the minimum level of compliance required for achieving compliance with one of the relevant certification schemes.
Hence, the idea of the scorecard approach is threefold:
- Customized training to fill existing/present (qualification) gaps: After a self-assessment progress can be monitored over time. Gaps can be identified and the training can be tailored to the individual needs, which may save a lot of time and money
- Only one training required instead of multiple ones for each certification scheme: It provides scorecard users an overview on which ITC criteria different certification schemes correspond and where there are differences
- Only one audit required instead of separate ones for each certification scheme: As the scorecard is linked to the criteria list of relevant certification schemes, the auditor can audit several schemes simultaneously. The scorecard provides an overview on which criteria still need to be complied with in order to achieve compliance with a relevant certification scheme (see figure 3).
Figure 3: Scorecard for identifying gaps and enabling customized and focused independent smallholder (ISH) training
Business model tool
ISCC provides a business model tool for the optimum implementation of sustainability certification.
Independent smallholders aim at improving their practices to achieve sustainability certification. This goal requires changes and efforts. Implemented measures, implying costs, should be counterbalanced by the benefits of setting up the certification. Depending on the certification organization and the implementation choices, it is possible to maximize the benefits and minimize the costs. ISCC has developed a business model in excel, comparing costs and benefits. The business model manual can be found in the download section below.
If you are interested in setting up an ISH project please contact ISCC directly in order to provide you with all relevant tools.