Since 2009 a group of specialists, technicians, consultants, business managers, and representatives from government, academia and civil society are working to develop a complete certification system, keeping in mind:
This process involves more than 50 experts and 150 organizations in public meetings, technical meetings and pilot audits, and was initiated with an extensive research on an international level on actions already carried out in this direction.
In 2008, even before the creation of LIFE Institute, a wide and extensive research is conducted to ensure the innovation of the mechanism being developed, focused on biodiversity conservation actions applicable to the entire business spectrum regardless of the size or line of business of the organizations, while at the same time differentiating the performance required according to the specifics of each business.
One of the first steps into developing the Certification is the creation of a multidisciplinary team of experts: biologists, mathematicians, engineers and environmental managers who developed the methodology of LIFE Certification through a complex and integrated work dynamics.
In the process of developing the LIFE Certification methodology, several stakeholder consultations took place such as: public meetings with NGOs, academia, government agencies and private companies; technical meetings with a range of specialists in the areas of environmental management and biodiversity conservation; provision of documents and information via website; creation of aTechnical and Scientific Committee; and creation of a Permanent Technical Committee.
LIFE Institute established a technical and scientific committee as an advisory body to the Board of Directors. The committee is comprised by members of the private sector, the civil society and prestigious experts in the area of biodiversity conservation. The aim of the body is to provide guidance to the development and continuous improvement of the methodology providing support aligned with the main international strategies for biodiversity conservation.
Testing and refining of the methodology in preparation for the release of Version 1.0 also featured pilot audits conducted in companies of different sizes and sectors, which were located in different biomes. The pilot audits were performed by professionals with extensive experience in different environmental certification systems.