30 September 2015: 1st BCI Standard Setting and Revision Committee Meeting
The committee reviewed a pre-draft of the Production Principles and Criteria, which included proposed edits and highlighted questions to address before releasing a 1st draft. After discussion and deliberation, the Committee finalised the 1st draft to be released for public consultation.
03 December 2015: 1st Public consultation
The stakeholder consultation on the BCI Standard revision started on 3 December 2015 and lasted for 60 days. The Standard Setting and Revision Committee reviewed proposals from the BCI project team during the first meeting on 30 September and discussed elements related to the content and structure of the standard.
The 1st Public Consultation allowed stakeholders, directly or indirectly affected by the BCI Standard implementation, to provide input. During this period, a large number of stakeholders were consulted and many provided input either through online consultation tools or national stakeholder outreach activities organized in BCI countries. BCI received 33 completed comment forms.
9 – 10 March 2016: 2nd BCI Standard Setting and Revision Committee (SSRC) Meeting, Utrecht, Netherlands (Solidaridad Headquarters)
Members representing each membership category had a fruitful exchange of ideas about the best ways to improve the Standard in light of input received from stakeholders during the last consultation. An agreement was reached on certain aspects related to the structure and content of the draft document including: inclusion of a 7th principle dedicated to management practices, ways to address climate change, a reinforced approach towards pesticides, the adoption of a more holistic approach towards environmental values management (water, soil, biodiversity), and a new land-use change approach, among other things.
You will find a synopsis summarising progress made in the draft thanks to stakeholder feedback and input received at the committee meeting here as well as a stakeholder consultation report listing and analyzing all comments received here.
Naturally, many elements of the structure and content discussed at the committee meeting are still under review and will be the subject of the second round of the consultation. The Standards and Assurance Team is currently updating the draft.
10 – 11 June 2016: Consultation with Implementing Partners, Hong Kong
BCI held a consultation with Implementing Partners on 10 – 11 June in Hong-Kong where all partners had the opportunity to get updated and provide feedback on the latest version of the second draft. Participants were organized into four groups and discussed suggested changes related to the following:
• Crop protection, notably Highly Hazardous Pesticides banning and minimum protective equipment;
• Water stewardship and the new BCI water management plan components;
• Biodiversity participatory mapping;
• New Land-Use change approach with HCV assessment; and
• Climate change mitigation and adaptation measures feasibility.
All input received during the meeting was collected and will be considered as we prepare the final draft of the revised Principles and Criteria. A report on the Implementing Partners consultation will be released within the next weeks.
June – October: Technical review of environmental principles
During that period, some key partners and external experts were identified to further define and develop work streams on environmental principles, notably water stewardship, land use change approach and biodiversity management plan components based on input received from the first consultation and the Partners workshop in Hong-Kong. Active collaboration with experts like Water Footprint Network and the HCV Resource Network allowed to significantly progress on Principle 2 and 4 in particular.
November 2016: Second draft critical review
BCI has engaged into a critical review of the second draft intended to be submitted for the second round of consultation. External experts reviewed the draft with fresh eyes in order to ensure global coherence and identify remaining gaps in the draft. Based on the review, the draft has been further refined for the consultation and shortfalls identified. Of course this does not mean all of the shortfalls have been resolved, but the critical review provided a snapshot on overall structure and progress on content.