How do you know that farmers are actually complying with the Standard?

Our verification system is comprised of three pillars. Firstly, farmers or groups of farmers (depending on their categorisation in the BCI program) conduct a self-assessment against the requirements of the Standard. We then conduct a ‘credibility check’ of this information (known by specialists as ‘second party checks’) either through our local country offices, or via designated ‘implementing partners’.

Finally, we orchestrate third party verification visits by BCI-approved verification organisations. One hundred percent of large farms are verified; in the smallholder and medium farm context, a sample of farmer groups in each country are third party verified. Farmer groups are chosen for verification based on a combined methodology of risk-based sampling and random selection. This rigorous approach to assurance allows for corroboration across up to three forms of assessment performed by a breadth of stakeholders.