Complaint Management Process
Complaints are taken seriously at the International REC Standard Foundation and for that reason, any individual or group of individuals/Entities may, at any time, submit a complaint to the International REC Standard Foundation Board (Board). The Board will review all received complaints and determine the most appropriate process for its resolution together with individual(s) who submitted the complaint.
To submit a complaint, stakeholders must complete a complaint form that will guide the Board in understanding what the complaint is, the steps, if any, already taken towards finding a resolution, and the urgency of the complaint. The complaint form on this page is required for submitting a formal complaint.
Following receipt of the complete complaint form, the Board will determine the credibility and authenticity of the complaint. The Board will then determine the urgency associated with the complaint to determine a timeline in which the complaint will be dealt with. The Board will also develop a process for which the complaint can be further evaluated if this is deemed necessary. Once the assessment of the complaint and the urgency associated with it has been reviewed, the Board will propose a timeframe for a response to the individual(s) who submitted the complaint. It is important that the individual(s) who submitted the complaint be available to the Board to answer further questions in relation to the complaint to enable the Board to effectively discharge its functions in managing and seeking to resolve the complaint.
A complaint can be logged for any aspect of the I-REC Standard, its governance, documents, processes, or Accredited Entities. The goal of the Board and the individual(s) submitting a complaint is on finding a suitable resolution. If in the case no suitable resolution can be found the stakeholder can request that the complaint be made public on the Foundation website, with confidential information removed, along with the associated response from the Board. This ensures that the consultation process is open to other stakeholders to respond as well.
In determining a resolution to a complaint, it may be required to hold a Consultation. More about Consultations can be found on the Consultation page.