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Benchmark process

The Tool’s 7-step Benchmark Process is voluntary and designed to be independent, impartial and transparent. The expert-led process involves objective assessments made against performance areas covering scheme governance, operational management (including chain of custody) and standards for aquaculture and fisheries certification.

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Application

The Benchmark Process begins once a Scheme Owner decides to apply for recognition and contacts the Secretariat, who provides an overview of the process.

 
 

Benchmark agreement
2

Desktop review

This step helps to assess the Scheme Owner’s
capability to proceed and successfully complete the Benchmark Process within the expected timeframe.

 
 

 

 

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3

Office Visit

The Office Visit may be conducted by the Process IE or both IEs, depending on the outstanding issues of the Desktop Review.

 
 

Interim Benchmark
Report sent to
Benchmark Committee
4

Benchmark
Committee
Meeting

The Benchmark Committee acts as the ‘Quality Assurance’ for the work undertaken by the IE team in the Desktop Review and Office Visit.

   
 

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Publication of
Benchmark Report
on GSSI website
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5

Public consultation

If recognition is recommended by the Benchmark Committee, the Scheme Owner’s approval is required to publish the Benchmark Report for a four-week Public Consultation.


 

6

Recognition
decision by
steering board

The Steering Board is briefed by the Steering Board Liaison on the Benchmark Report and the Benchmark Committee’s recommendation for recognition.


 

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7

Monitoring
of continued
alignment

GSSI ensures continued alignment of recognized schemes with GSSI Essential Components through an annual reporting process of relevant changes.

 
 

Apply

to be benchemarked

Scheme
Owner

Independent
Experts

Benchmark
Committee

Public
Consultation

Steering Board
Liaison

Steering
Board

GSSI
Secretariat