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Governance

This area of the website shows how LEAF Marque is managed, including the setting of the standard, decision making process, stakeholder engagement and other governance matters

LEAF Marque Governance Structure and Stakeholder Engagement
 
LEAF Board of Trustees
The present LEAF Board of Trustees consists of a Chair and 11 members; the LEAF Chief Executive Officer (CEO) also attends the meetings. The Board of Trustees oversees all matters relating to LEAF’s charitable status including finance, personnel and legal issues. Their head office is based at the National Agricultural Centre, Warwickshire, England, UK, and provides all administrative support.
The LEAF Board of Trustees is also supported by Advisory and Policy committees and the LEAF Marque Board.
 
LEAF Marque Board
The LEAF Marque Board is the statutory board for LEAF Marque Ltd a wholly owned subsidiary of LEAF the “charity”. The LEAF Marque Board works in close co-operation with the LEAF Board of Trustees, the LEAF Marque TAC (Technical Advisory Committee) and all other stakeholder groups within LEAF. It has its own Terms of Reference which are binding for the activities of the LEAF Marque Board.
 
LEAF Marque Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and Expert/Working Groups
The present LEAF Marque Technical Advisory Committee is made up of different intergovernmental, nongovernmental, academic, producer, retailer and certification organisations. They meet on a quarterly basis and work in conjunction with the LEAF Marque Commercial and Technical Managers. The TAC will, from time to time under the LEAF Marque TAC terms of reference, be able to consult other experts to comment on certain technical developments of the LEAF Marque standards. In line with ISEAL requirements, the LEAF Marque staff have adopted the ISEAL principles to engage as wide a stakeholder representation as possible. During the consultation process in 2012, a positive response from a range of different stakeholders has provided LEAF with a further group to liaise with in future consultations. The group comprises 41 people representing 16 countries and 4 continents. They form an important LEAF Marque Working Group. Through mapping and by providing meaningful opportunities to contribute, a balance of sectors including those indirectly affected, geographic representation, gender, ecosystem representation, the scale of the facilities, and different types of organisationsof interested representatives will be promoted by LEAF, its stakeholders and producers.
 
LEAF Marque Stakeholder Mapping
The LEAF Marque Stakeholder Mapping document describes this stakeholder engagement over the last few years of LEAF Marque work.

LEAF Marque standard setting procedure

 

Stage 1
Identify existing LEAF Marque partners and producers using existing database. Identify interested stakeholders.
Stage 2
Communicate with existing LEAF Marque partners and producers using existing contact methods i.e. email, of the first part of a 2 part consultation period. Communicate with interested stakeholders and intermediaries using press announcements of the first part of a 2 part consultation period.
Stage 3
Collate all comments received from the first consultation period on the current version of the LMGS.
Stage 4
The LEAF Marque Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and working groups to review suggested new control points, amendments and general comments and submit to the LEAF Board. Publish feedback to the interested parties and on the LEAF website.
Publish the draft version of the new LMGS.
Stage 5
Invite comments from the above groups and any new stakeholders to comment on the draft version of the new LMGS.
Stage 6
Collate all comments received from the second consultation period on the current version of the LMGS.
Stage 7
The LEAF Marque Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and working groups to review suggested amendments and general comments and submit to the LEAF Board. Publish feedback to the interested parties and on the LEAF website. Publish the FINAL version of the new LMGS.
Stage 8
Prepare for the translation of the new LMGS.
Stage 9
The new LMGS comes into force.

Version 11.2

Version 11.2 of the LEAF Marque Global Standard came into effect on 1 January 2014.

 

Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) meetings 2014

     5th   March 2014
    14th   May 2014
    10th  September 2014
    3rd    December 2014
 

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