CERA Performance Standard

The CERA Performance Standard is an integral part of the CERA Certification Scheme. It defines relevant criteria to promote sustainable production practices.

The Performance Standard is divided into three sections, each of which covers a different ESG (Environment, Social, Governance) aspect.

  1. Corporate Governance
  2. Social Responsibility
  3. Environmental Responsibility

Each section provides a short description of the topic’s importance for sustainable production practices. Furthermore, each part offers

  • Rules: These set out the basic principles for sustainable production practices within the respective section. For each topic covered under the Social & Environmental Responsibility sections, the rules follow the same pattern, to allow for synergetic development within the organisation.
  • Requirements: Each rule is supported by various requirements. Each requirement provides a more in-depth description on how the rules shall be implemented.

This is Version 0.1 of the Performance Standard, which was published in March 2019. Version 0.1 is the current version to be used for certification and is effective from the date of publication. 

Application and Scope

The CERA Performance Standard provides best practice criteria for sustainable production. The standard is thus applicable to all organisations that are part of the raw material value chain, and are striving to measure and improve their performance. The CERA Performance Standard aims at companies active in the extraction and processing of raw materials.

All organisations aiming for certification under the CERA Performance Standard will have to comply with all the rules and requirements of this Performance Standard. The standards rules and requirements are therefore displayed on a generic level, allowing all types of organisations to be certified. The specific aspects of each commodity and its extraction, processing and refinement are regulated in the implementation documents.