At the beginning of every assessment is the evaluation of the credibility of a label, as this is a key factor in determining whether one should trust its claims at all. The question here is how the organisation issuing the label works. Only then do we look at environmental and social aspects.
Our assessment is therefore carried out in two phases:
First, we check whether a label meets the minimum requirements of the German Government in the dimension of credibility as well as environment and/or social issues. Minimum requirements deal with issues that are of particular relevance. For example, because they play a particularly important role for environmental and social sustainability in the production process. One example is the ban on forced labour, which applies to all product groups and refers to the fundamental labour rights of the International Labour Organisation.
If a label does not meet these minimum requirements, it can instead be included under "other labels" and thus presented for information purposes (so-called 'grey category'). This category also includes labels that may not yet have been evaluated or labels for which Siegelklarheit does not yet offer the appropriate product group.
However, if a label fulfills the minimum requirements of the first phase, we then check the entire grid of requirements of the corresponding product group in detail in a second step and based on this award the rating "very good choice" or "good choice".