The SRP Assurance Scheme

The world’s first and only rice sustainability management system that links buyers in global markets to rice producers who manage their land and production in a sustainable manner

The SRP Assurance Scheme

Welcome to the SRP Assurance Scheme, the world’s first and only rice sustainability management system that links buyers in global markets to rice producers who manage their land and production in a sustainable manner.

The Scheme enables value chain actors to de-risk supply chains and make measurable contributions to their sustainability commitments. By choosing SRP-Verified rice on supermarket shelves today, consumers are empowered to help improve the livelihoods of small farmers, while at the same time protecting the environment.

Key features

  • Based on the SRP Standard for Sustainable Rice Cultivation, the world’s first and only voluntary sustainability standard developed specifically for rice, underpinned by science-based and proven best practices as advocated by the International Rice Research Institute
  • Offers three levels of assurance to accommodate a wide range of supply chain needs
  • Encourages producer group self-management and internal control mechanisms following the SRP Internal Management System (IMS) Standard
  • Complemented by the SRP Chain of Custody Standard for traceability
  • Focused on verification rather than certification
  • Managed in partnership with GLOBALG.A.P., as SRP’s Assurance Service Provider

Key roles

In its role as Assurance Service Provider (ASP), GLOBALG.A.P. manages implementation of the Scheme, including farmer registration, management and training of Verification Bodies and auditors, oversight of verification audits, shadow audits and database management.

The ASP approves and works directly with:

a) Data Collectors, responsible for collecting registration data and self-assessment reports from Producers and Producer Groups applying for Level 1. Data Collectors are required to contact an approved SRP Verification Body (VB) in order to upload the data to the SRP Database provided by GLOBALG.A.P.

Therefore, Data Collectors shall be responsible ONLY for collecting registration data as required in Annex 2 as well as the self-assessment reports from producers and producer groups applying for Level 1. They are required to contact an approved SRP VB in order to upload the data to the SRP Database provided by GLOBALG.A.P.

b) Verification Bodies (VB), responsible for inspecting and verifying compliance with the current version of the SRP Standard and for issuing statements that fulfilment of specified conformance requirements has been demonstrated. A list of approved VBs is available at: https://www.globalgap.org/uk_en/for-producers/sustainable-rice-plattform/

Producers and Producer Groups must register with a Data Collector or Verification Body to participate in the Assurance Scheme.

Figure 1: Actors in the Assurance Scheme

Three levels of assurance

Partners may choose from three levels of assurance, to accommodate the needs of resource-poor small farmers as well as export-oriented value chains.

Level 1: Self-assessment: This entry level allows producers, producer groups or appointed individuals to conduct self-assessments against the SRP Standard without external verification, following a checklist covering all elements of the SRP Standard.

Level 2: Second-party verification: A second-party VB linked to producers or producer groups conducts compliance audits against the SRP Standard and SRP IMS Standard (for producer groups) within the scope of their project/operation.

Level 3: Third-party verification: An independent third-party VB with no links to producers, producer groups or implementation partners conducts compliance audits against the SRP Standard and SRP IMS Standard (for producer groups) and issues Compliance Verification Statements.

Chain of Custody

The Assurance Scheme recognizes three types of Chain of Custody models: Identity Preservation, Segregation and Mass Balance. Chain of Custody certification is required for on‐product use of SRP claims and use of the on‐pack SRP‐Verified Label.

Supply chain organizations that seek to communicate results on-product must first be audited and certified against the SRP Chain of Custody Standard by an approved VB, to support robust and verifiable sustainability claims.

SRP_VERIFIED

The SRP-Verified on-pack label

SRP-Verified rice represents a dedicated and unique product category, enabling differentiation in the market and enabling measurable contributions to corporate sustainability commitments. SRP-Verified rice also aligns with the rapidly growing trends towards sustainably produced food among consumers and regulators alike. 

Figure 2: Options for on-pack communications under the SRP Assurance Scheme
* Compliance is achieved with a minimum score of (1) at least 90% against the SRP Standard for Sustainable Rice Cultivation v2.1, while meeting all essential compliance levels (thresholds), by individual producers and producer group members externally inspected, and (2) at least 75% against the SRP Internal Management System Standard v1.0 while meeting all thresholds.
** Minimum score of 33 against the SRP Standard for Sustainable Rice Cultivation v 2.1, while meeting all thresholds for select health and safety requirements is required.