Certification Standards. All of ASC’s standards include requirements on social responsibility, which are further developed in the Feed Standard and the upcoming Farm Standard, covering the following areas:
Country Risk Scorecard. ASC has recently published a Country Risk Scorecard, which assigns a social risk level to 184 countries, guiding feed producers to how much due diligence they must carry out in sourcing ingredients from different countries.
Social Auditing Methodology. ASC has a Social Auditing Methodology (SAM), which requires a full social audit at every initial certification and re-certification audit, and again during the certification cycle. The SAM requires that ASC social auditors follow processes as described in ISO 17021-1 and ISO 19011, as well as a set of ASC requirements, which include holding an opening meeting and closing meetings at the social audits, conducting walkthroughs, reviewing documents and records, and a minimum number of private interviews with different personnel.
Transparency and Accountability. ASC’s social responsibility is deeply embedded not only in its certification and assurance processes, but also in its ethos and overall programme requirements. As a member of ISEAL, ASC places a high premium on engagement with stakeholders and transparency and public disclosure requirements, which can help increase acceptance of certified operations in local communities.
Other Projects. In addition to the standards and certification processes, ASC has several other programmes that address social responsibility:
For questions or additional information, please contact Clare Stevens, Social Standards Manager for ASC.