Vanda Nunes, a consultant, gives a list of items that must be considered to be able to receive sustainability certification, as well as the requirements and possibilities According to her, certification publicly attests that a certain process, product or service is in compliance with specified requirements. There is no judgment as to value, whether the product or process is better or worse than others, she informs.
Certification organisms are companies that have been accredited by higher entities to perform the process of certification.
The common concerns of certifiers is to check important items in the entire productive process, such as the equilibrium of the energetic balance, if there are losses of biodiversity, erosion and soil degradation, lack of water management, contamination of water, losses of tropical forests and areas of strategic conservation value, socioeconomical disadvantages for the region, conflicts over the ownership of land and inadequate working conditions.
When a plant presents minor nonconformity problems, it is given a period of two to three months to correct the errors, and of one year in the case of major nonconformities.
According to Eduardo Correa, from the Kolmar Group in Switzerland, a good sustainable practice is nothing more than utilizing natural resources today without threatening their use in the future. Correa
observes that the goal of sustainability is to ensure the quality of people’s lives by guaranteeing the use of natural resources in the future, without losing sight of the fact that business activity should also be profitable.