Posted on 05 September 2014
WWF has developed the Certification Assessment Tool (CAT) to assess, which certification schemes are best equipped to achieve conservation goals and objectives: i.e. which certification schemes are likely to deliver the best social and environmental impact at scale.
The CAT is a formalised methodology to evaluate and compare standards and certification schemes. It assesses standard requirements and a scheme’s governance, rules and procedures.
The outcome is a better understanding of a certification scheme’s strengths and weaknesses.
WWF uses CAT assessments to help identify areas for improvement so these can be addressed as part of a scheme’s efforts to further refine and strengthen their systems.
CAT assessments can be applied to all sectors. So far, WWF has developed the CAT for terrestrial commodities (agriculture and forestry).
Of 160 questions in total, 150 apply to all sectors, while the remaining 10 questions address sector specific issues for forestry or agriculture.
A. Mission & Governance
B. Setting standards
C. Certification and transparency
E. Chain of custody
A. Legality, tenure, use rights
B. Community relations
C. Workers’ rights
D. Water & soil
F. Pollution, waste & GHG
G. Planning and communication
H. Forestry – Other good practices