Old assessment methodology
Very good choice
  • Aim/Focus
  • Standard organisation
  • Good to know
The bluesign® system focuses on resources, people and the environment. With its holistic approach based on Input Stream Management the bluesign® system reduces the impact on people and on the environment, secures responsible use of resources, and guarantee the highest level of conusmer safety. Most stringent criteria and monitoring of the implementation on-site encourage the entire textile value chain to improve their sustainability performance. Bluesign system has been developed as a business to business and business to consumer initiative working with different partners in the textile industry among which chemical suppliers, converters, brands and retailers.
bluesign technologies ag is an independent for profit company. The bluesign® system developed from a project initiative in 1997 and eventually in 2000 bluesign technologies ag was founded with its headquarter in Switzerland.
The Bluesign system is a holistic approach with a focus on environmental resource optimisation including waste management, air emissions, water management etc.

Cred­ib­il­ity 79%

  • Availability of Scheme Structure
  • Independence of Scheme Owner from Certificate Holder
  • Availability of Standard
  • Public Consultation of Standard
  • Availability of Standard-Setting Process
  • Standard Review
  • Consistent interpretation of the Standard
  • List of Accredited/Approved CABs
  • Procedure on Remediation
  • CAB Complaints Mechanism
  • Defined Duration of Certificate / License
  • Clarity of claim
  • Scheme Legal Status
  • Information on Sources of Finance
  • Incorporation of Stakeholder feedback
  • Documented Assessment Methodology
  • Level of Conformity Assessment
  • Claims Policy
  • Scheme Management
    Governance structures and management of the scheme
    56/100
    • Governance
      60/100
      • Does the scheme owner make its organisational structure available?
        Answer: Yes publicly
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Yes (on request) (70 points)
        • Yes publicly (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
      • Is the scheme owner a legal entity, or an organization that is a partnership of legal entities, or a government or inter-governmental agency?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (100 points)
      • Is there a mechanism by which the top decision-making body members are accountable to all stakeholders?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (100 points)
      • Do the voting procedures of the top decision-making body ensure that there is a balanced representation of stakeholder interests, where no single interest predominates?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (100 points)
      • Does the scheme owner make quantitative information on the income sources or financing structure of the scheme available?
        Answer: Yes (on request)
        Score: 70/100
        Possible answers
        • Yes (on request) (70 points)
        • Yes publicly (100 points)
        • No (0 points)

        Source:

        Bluesign is financed exclusively by client's fees, in general it should be possible (for neutral actors) to check bookkeeping at the headquarters in St. Gallen, public commercial registry can also be checked for financial details personal correspondence Bernhard Hartleitner (Bluesign)

      • Does the scheme owner have an internal quality management system available?
        Answer: Yes (on request)
        Score: 70/100
        Possible answers
        • Yes (on request) (70 points)
        • Yes publicly (100 points)
        • No (0 points)

        Source:

        Internal quality manual incl. Documentation of essential process flows, screening, audit and implementation procedures.

      • Is the scheme owner economically independent from the certificate holder?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (100 points)

        Source:

        Clients may chose level of intensity of collaboration (Label, System partnership) and may end collaboration at any time personal correspondence Bernhard Hartleitner (Bluesign)

      • Does the scheme owner have sustainability-oriented goals and objectives?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (100 points)

        Source:

        The bluesign® system is the solution for a sustainable textile production. It eliminates harmful substances right from the beginning of the manufacturing process and sets and controls standards for an environmentally friendly and safe production. This not only ensures that the final textile product meets very stringent consumer safety requirements worldwide but also provides confidence to the consumer to acquire a sustainable product. http://www.bluesign.com/

      • Does the scheme owner have a strategy for meeting its sustainability-oriented goals and objectives?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (on request) (70 points)
        • Yes publicly (100 points)
    • Impact
      33/100
      • Does the scheme owner have a system in place for measuring its impacts and progress towards its sustainability goals?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (on request) (70 points)
        • Yes publicly (100 points)
      • Does the scheme owner use the results of monitoring and evaluation for learning and improvements to its programme?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (100 points)

        Source:

        management decisions are based on learnings from benchmarking and stakeholder discussions personal correspondence Bernhard Hartleitner (Bluesign)

      • Does the scheme owner make sustainability results from M&E available?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (on request) (70 points)
        • Yes publicly (100 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
    • Supporting Strategies
      67/100
      • Does the scheme provide access to technical assistance for compliance with the standard?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (100 points)
      • Does the scheme provide access to technical assistance beyond compliance with the standard?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (100 points)
      • Does the scheme provide access to finance for enterprises seeking certification?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (100 points)
  • Standard-Setting
    Standard development and revision
    79/100
    • Is the standard made available free of charge?
      Answer: Yes publicly
      Score: 100/100
      Possible answers
      • Yes (on request) (70 points)
      • Yes publicly (100 points)
      • No (0 points)
    • Has a set of key sustainability issues in the sector or product lifecycle been defined in the standard-setting process?
      Answer: Yes
      Score: 100/100
      Possible answers
      • No (0 points)
      • yes (100 points)

      Source:

      Chemicals play a major role in the production process of textiles, control of the chemical process and resource consumption is crucial for sustainable production personal correspondence Bernhard Hartleitner (Bluesign)

    • Are the standard-setting procedures or a public summary of how stakeholders can engage made available?
      Answer: Yes publicly
      Score: 100/100
      Possible answers
      • Yes (on request) (70 points)
      • Yes publicly (100 points)
      • No (0 points)
    • Which stakeholders can participate in the standard-setting process?
      Answer: All stakeholders
      Score: 100/100
      Possible answers
      • Members only (10 points)
      • Invitation only (70 points)
      • All stakeholders (100 points)
    • Are stakeholders who are directly affected by the standard provided opportunities to participate in standard setting?
      Answer: Yes
      Score: 100/100
      Possible answers
      • No (0 points)
      • yes (100 points)

      Source:

      Revision of criteria: Bluesign Academy suggests changes, Chemical Working Group (consisting of chemical suppliers) provides input personal correspondence Bernhard Hartleitner (Bluesign)

    • Are draft standards field tested / piloted for relevance and auditability during the development process?
      Answer: No
      Score: 0/100
      Possible answers
      • Yes (100 points)
      • No (0 points)
      • Not applicable (0 points)
    • Does the scheme owner provide information on how the input received from consultations has been included in the final version of the standard?
      Answer: Yes (on request)
      Score: 70/100
      Possible answers
      • Yes (on request) (70 points)
      • Yes publicly (100 points)
      • No (0 points)

      Source:

      Chemical working group member receive minutes and agenda personal correspondence Bernhard Hartleitner (Bluesign)

    • Do the voting procedures of the decision-making body responsible for standard setting ensure that there is a balanced representation of stakeholder interests?
      Answer: No
      Score: 0/100
      Possible answers
      • No (0 points)
      • yes (100 points)
    • Is the standard reviewed and, if necessary, revised at least every 5 years?
      Answer: Yes
      Score: 100/100
      Possible answers
      • No (0 points)
      • yes (100 points)
    • Does the scheme ensure that guidance is in place to support consistent interpretation of the standard?
      Answer: Yes
      Score: 100/100
      Possible answers
      • No (0 points)
      • yes (100 points)

      Source:

      Questionaire for on-site audits specific for each sector/ sites Factory tour documentation for the bluesign® screening

    • Are there procedures and guidance for application or interpretation of the standard to regional contexts?
      Answer: Yes
      Score: 100/100
      Possible answers
      • Yes (100 points)
      • No (0 points)
      • Not applicable (0 points)

      Source:

      Chapter 4, legal compliance: "A system partner has to maintain compliance and stay up-to-date with any changes in the relevant legislation. Awareness and understanding of applicable legal requirements is a prerequisite for a system partner to meet all relevant international, national, regional and local requirements concerning environmental aspects, occupational health, corporate social responsibility and product safety. http://bit.ly/21v4TmR

    • Does the scheme owner have a complaints mechanism for the standard-setting process?
      Answer: Yes (on request)
      Score: 70/100
      Possible answers
      • Yes (on request) (70 points)
      • Yes, publicly (100 points)
      • No (0 points)

      Source:

      "The directive is valid for all complaints and claims. This includes issues concerning bluesign service as well as certified articles. It is valid for all bluesign employees." Internal document: "Complaint and Claim Management"

  • Assurance
    Mechanisms for assessment of compliance with the standard
    83/100
    • Assurance System
      77/100
      • Is there a documented assessment methodology for CABs to assess compliance with the standard?
        Answer: Yes publicly avilable
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes available on request (70 points)
        • Yes publicly avilable (100 points)

        Source:

        on-site audits, based on BSSL, criteria for chemicals, production sites, products, converters, online control of applicability of chemicals

      • Is application (to get certified/verified) open to all potential applicants within the scope of the scheme?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (100 points)

        Source:

        The bluesign system reduces the environmental impact concerning the entire textile supply chain... the Input Stream Management provides a solution for chemical suppliers, textile and accessories manufacturer as well as fashion brands

      • Does the scheme owner require CABs to have an assessment fee schedule?
        Answer: Yes available on request
        Score: 70/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes available on request (70 points)
        • Yes publicly avilable (100 points)
      • Are levels of all costs and fees incurred by applicants and certificate holders/licencees based on programme costs and kept as low as possible?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (100 points)

        Source:

        Fees are individually defined and fixed before establishing a system partnership personal correspondence Bernhard Hartleitner (Bluesign)

      • Does the scheme owner require CABs to have a documented complaints mechanism in place for compliance decisions?
        Answer: Yes available on request
        Score: 70/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes available on request (70 points)
        • Yes publicly available (100 points)

        Source:

        Clients send complaints directly to their contact person at bluesign, where the team is involved in solving the issue; External stakeholders can contact bluesign via the email address on their website; an internal issue management (in case of critical media reports or NGO campaigns) is also in place (BMs 12 document) personal correspondence Bernhard Hartleitner (Bluesign)

      • Does the scheme owner make, or require CABs to make, summary certification/verification reports (with personal and commercially sensitive information removed) available?
        Answer: No (confidential)
        Score: 10/100
        Possible answers
        • No (no reports) (0 points)
        • No (confidential) (10 points)
        • Yes (on request) (70 points)
        • Yes publicly (100 points)
      • Does the certificate or license define the duration for which it is valid?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)

        Source:

        "bluesign technologies verifies the compliance with the criteria at hand by means of an audit. Re-audits shall be carried out no later than every three years." Criteria for Converters, p.4: 6. Verification of Compliance

      • Does the certificate or license define the scope of assurance?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (100 points)

        Source:

        certification of products and chemicals only possible for system partners; 2 types of certification: product certification (manufaction) + product labelling (brand), ranking of chemicals (homologation für chemical suppliers) personal correspondence Bernhard Hartleitner (Bluesign)

      • Does the scheme owner maintain or require CABs to maintain a publicly accessible list of certified or verified enterprises, or a list of verified products/product groups, or a list of members (in case of membership-based initiatives)?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Yes (70 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes incl. scope of certificate or license (100 points)

        Source:

        The blue tool (access included in fee for system partnership) lists all bluesign system partners (a.o. producers of certified fabrics and products). Certifications which are relevant for B2B relations account for about 95% of all certified fabrics/ products. About 5% of certifications are issued for products in the B2C field. Companies who produce bluesign approved products are only partly named on the website, a complete list is in planning. http://www.bluesign.com/consumer/how-to-find-it#.VCWQCUjcFrw

      • Does the scheme owner maintain a list of all accredited/approved CABs?
        Answer: Yes (publicly)
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (on request) (70 points)
        • Yes (publicly) (100 points)

        Source:

        Bluesign is the only certifying body personal correspondence Bernhard Hartleitner (Bluesign)

      • Does the scheme owner review their assurance system on a periodic basis?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Annual (0 points)
        • Every 3 years (100 points)
        • Every 5 years (0 points)
        • Ad hoc (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner require that clients and other affected stakeholders are notified of changes to the assurance requirements?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (100 points)

        Source:

        "Changes will come into effect after prior notice and defined transition time." notification of system partners via e-mail, and published on website bluesign system //www.bluesign.com/industry/infocenter/downloads#.VmgPneMrJ8w p. 13 personal correspondence Bernhard Hartleitner (Bluesign)

      • Does the scheme owner allow partial certification by an enterprise, with requirements to increase the percentage of certified produce over time?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (100 points)
      • Does the scheme owner have a documented assessment methodology for CABs that are assessing chain of custody?
        Answer: yes publicly available
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • yes publicly available (100 points)
        • yes available on request (70 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        no specific CoC audit, but general audits also cover aspects of CoC audits: on-site audits, based on BSSL, criteria for chemicals, production sites, products, converters; online control of applicability of chemicals personal correspondence Bernhard Hartleitner (Bluesign)

    • Conformity Assessment
      87/100
      • Conformity Assessment Process
        100/100
        • What is the most independent type of conformity assessment required by the scheme?
          Answer: 3rd party
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers
          • 1st party (10 points)
          • 2nd party (70 points)
          • 3rd party (100 points)
          • (0 points)
          • (0 points)

          Source:

          3rd party assessment by SGS/Bluesign Technologies required to establish a system partnership, a system partnership is a prerequisite for using the bluesign logo for products and chemicals; Chemical Assessment (1st party): "With the help of the bluesign bluetool all system partners from chemical industry are easily guided through the homologation procedure. (...) The data input is carefully validated by bluesign technologies." Bluesign System, p. 10, 9.1 Bluesign approved //www.bluesign.com/industry/infocenter/downloads/downloadFile/7/industry-download-info/flyer-bluesign-system-e-pdf; Criteria for chemical assessment (homologation), p.14, 5.2 Data input from chemical supplier system partners //www.bluesign.com/industry/infocenter/downloads/downloadFile/32/industry-download-criteria/criteria-for-chemical-assessment-homologation-v2-0-pdf

        • Does the scheme owner define guidelines for decision-making to ensure that CABs use consistent procedures for determining compliance of clients with the standard?
          Answer: Yes
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers
          • Yes (100 points)
          • No (0 points)

          Source:

          Clear criteria for decision making, guidance and fact sheets; internal consultation process in case of open questions during the decision making process personal correspondence Bernhard Hartleitner (Bluesign)

        • Does the scheme owner require CABs to have a procedure in place for how clients are required to address non-conformities, including when a certificate or license is suspended or revoked?
          Answer: Yes
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • yes (100 points)

          Source:

          In case of non compliance with action plan measures and non-passing of re-audits a system partership is ending; "black" rated chemicals have to be eliminated from the manufacturing process personal correspondence Bernhard Hartleitner (Bluesign)

      • Sustainability Audits
        85/100
        • Does the scheme owner require CABs to be compliant with ISO/IEC 17065, ISO/IEC 17021, ISO/IEC 17020 or equivalent?
          Answer: Yes
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (100 points)
          • Not Applicable (0 points)
        • At least how often do clients undergo a full audit process?
          Answer: 2-3 years
          Score: 80/100
          Possible answers
          • 1 year or less (100 points)
          • 1-2 years (100 points)
          • 2-3 years (80 points)
          • 4-5 years (50 points)
          • 5 years or more (10 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          On-Site audits are necessary before a system partnership is estsablished, re-audits every 3 years. personal correspondence Bernhard Hartleitner (Bluesign)

        • Is the frequency of an audit based in part on a risk assessment of the client?
          Answer: Yes
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers
          • Yes (100 points)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          Risk area: Consumer safety and ressource efficiency, chemical management is conducted permanently based on an online tool (controlled by 8-9 colleagues) personal correspondence Bernhard Hartleitner (Bluesign)

        • What type of activities are CABs required to undertake during a full audit?
          Answer: Field visit (incl. office visit & doc. review)
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers
          • Document review (off-site) only (10 points)
          • Document review on-site (70 points)
          • Field visit (incl. office visit & doc. review) (100 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          Visit of the company, assessment of chemicals, chemical storage, documents personal correspondence Bernhard Hartleitner (Bluesign)

        • Does the scheme owner allow or require CABs to do unscheduled audits?
          Answer: Allowed
          Score: 70/100
          Possible answers
          • Allowed (70 points)
          • Required (100 points)
          • Not allowed (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          Defined in system partnership contract personal correspondence Bernhard Hartleitner (Bluesign)

        • Are auditors required to solicit external stakeholder input during the audit process?
          Answer: Yes
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers
          • Yes (100 points)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          Consultation of neighboring buildings, recycling companies etc.; 3rd party audit for sewing factories personal correspondence Bernhard Hartleitner (Bluesign)

        • Does the scheme owner require CABs to follow a consistent report format?
          Answer: Yes
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers
          • Yes (100 points)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          Templates for reporting, differences between reports for different sectors personal correspondence Bernhard Hartleitner (Bluesign)

        • Are the people making the compliance decision different from those engaged in the audit process?
          Answer: Yes
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers
          • Yes (100 points)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          The Audit is usually conducted by 1 or 2 auditors. Up to five persons are involved in the decision making. personal correspondence Bernhard Hartleitner (Bluesign)

        • Does the scheme allow for group certification or verification?
          Answer: No
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
          • Yes (100 points)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Group Certification
        100/100
        • Is the group required to have an internal management system?
          Answer: Not Applicable
          Possible answers
          • Yes (100 points)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
        • Is there a requirement that at least all group sites are visited during the period of validity of the certificate?
          Answer: Not Applicable
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (100 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
        • Is there a sample size formula to determine the number of group members that is externally verified?
          Answer: Not Applicable
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (70 points)
          • Yes based on risk assessment (100 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
        • Do the requirements on group certification/verification define the conditions under which a group member shall be suspended or removed from a group?
          Answer: Not Applicable
          Possible answers
          • Member suspended from certification (0 points)
          • Member removed from a group (100 points)
          • Group suspension (0 points)
          • No repercussion (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Chain of Custody
        75/100
        • Does the scheme owner require CoC CABs to be compliant with ISO/IEC 17020, ISO/IEC 17021, or ISO/IEC 17065 or equivalent?
          Answer: No
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
          • Yes (100 points)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
        • What is the most independent type of CoC conformity assessment required by the scheme?
          Answer: 3rd party
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers
          • 1st party (0 points)
          • 2nd party (70 points)
          • 3rd party (100 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          3rd party assessment by SGS/Bluesign Technologies required to establish a system partnership, a system partnership is a prerequisite for using the bluesign logo for products and chemicals; Chemical Assessment (1st party): "With the help of the bluesign bluetool all system partners from chemical industry are easily guided through the homologation procedure. (...) The data input is carefully validated by bluesign technologies." Bluesign System, p. 10, 9.1 Bluesign approved //www.bluesign.com/industry/infocenter/downloads/downloadFile/7/industry-download-info/flyer-bluesign-system-e-pdf; Criteria for chemical assessment (homologation), p.14, 5.2 Data input from chemical supplier system partners //www.bluesign.com/industry/infocenter/downloads/downloadFile/32/industry-download-criteria/criteria-for-chemical-assessment-homologation-v2-0-pdf

        • What type of activities are CoC CABs required to undertake during a full CoC assessment?
          Answer: Field visit (incl. office visit & doc. review)
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers
          • Document review (off-site) only (10 points)
          • Document review on-site (70 points)
          • Field visit (incl. office visit & doc. review) (100 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          Visit of the company, assessment of chemicals, chemical storage, documents personal correspondence Bernhard Hartleitner (Bluesign)

        • Does the scheme owner require all enterprises that are physically handling the certified product to undergo a CoC audit if the product can be destined for retail sale as a certified, labelled product?
          Answer: Yes
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers
          • Yes (100 points)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          Bluesign foccuses on the production and handling of chemicals. Usually the owner will be certified, but it is also possible that subcontracters which do not own the chemicals process them. personal correspondence Bernhard Hartleitner (Bluesign)

      • Laboratory Testing
        75/100
        • In the documented assessment methodology, are test methods either referred to or included?
          Answer: Yes publicly
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (on request) (70 points)
          • Yes publicly (100 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
        • Does the scheme owner require laboratories to be accredited according to recognized laboratory accreditation standards?
          Answer: Yes to ISO 17025
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes to ISO 17025 (100 points)
          • Yes to other recognized standards (70 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          Laboratories need to be ISO 17025 certified personal correspondence Bernhard Hartleitner (Bluesign)

        • Are there rules on random sampling and testing for the compliance monitoring?
          Answer: No
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
          • Each month (0 points)
          • Each quarter (100 points)
          • Each 6 months (0 points)
          • Surprise tests (0 points)
          • Ad hoc (0 points)

          Source:

          Annual test of at 20% of certified Bluesign products, selection of products is based on risk assessment personal correspondence Bernhard Hartleitner (Bluesign); document: Surveillance of certificates and authorizations

        • Is there a procedure to deal with non-compliant products manufactured by a client / licensee?
          Answer: Yes
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers
          • Yes (100 points)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          discussion of the issue with system partner, system partner defines corrective actions, if no improvements could be achieved eventually revocation of the license personal correspondence Bernhard Hartleitner (Bluesign)

    • Auditor Competencies
      86/100
      • Does the scheme owner define specific qualifications and competencies for CAB auditors?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (100 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        described in job descriptions, many engineers, chemists, sometime with PhD personal correspondence Bernhard Hartleitner (Bluesign)

      • Does the scheme owner require that CAB auditors successfully complete training on the standard and its interpretation?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (100 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        training for auditors every one or two years (when new criteria are developped); plus email announcements on special interpretation of criteria (almost once a week) bluesign® Internal Training Program 2015

      • Does the scheme owner require that CAB auditors successfully complete auditor training based on ISO 19011, or equivalent?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (100 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner require that new auditors have a probationary period where their competence in an audit is assessed or supervised?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (100 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        A new auditor is involved in auditing 10 companies as a trainee together with a lead auditor and has to co-write screening reports for a minimum of about 1 year. Internal document on bluesign HR processes.

      • Does the scheme owner require that CAB auditors are evaluated at least every 3 years?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (100 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        annual assessment internal bluesign technologies performance review form

      • Does the scheme owner have or require that CABs have a continuing professional development program in place?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (100 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        Not required by bluesign directly, but part of SGS' employee policy: "Employees are eligible for training which is directly related to their job and which will enable them to better perform in that capacity. Should a course be chosen by the Employee and their Line Manager, the latter must send his/her approval to HR and the course will be organised. In general, training courses are paid for by the Company." SGS employee handbook

      • Does the scheme owner require that there are repercussions such as probation or suspension for the misconduct or poor performance of CAB personnel?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (100 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
    • Accreditation / Oversight
      85/100
      • Does the scheme require a documented accreditation or oversight mechanism?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes available on request (70 points)
        • Yes publicly available (100 points)

        Source:

        Advisory Board discussed broad development, which is communicated and implemented by the management level to other employees personal correspondence Bernhard Hartleitner (Bluesign)

      • Does the scheme owner require ISO 17011 compliance for ABs?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Is the accreditation or oversight body independent from the scheme owner?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        "The Advisory Board, formed of well known thought leaders, scientists and environmental experts (energy, chemistry, sustainable economy etc.) from Asia, Europe and the Americas ensures credibility, trust and independency of the bluesign® system by monitoring bluesign technologies’ operations." "The Advisory Board, formed of well known thought leaders, scientists and environmental experts (energy, chemistry, sustainable economy etc.) from Asia, Europe and the Americas ensures credibility, trust and independency of the bluesign® system by monitoring bluesign technologies’ operations."

      • How often do assurance providers undergo a full accreditation or oversight assessment?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • <1 year (100 points)
        • 1 year (100 points)
        • 2-3 years (80 points)
        • 4-5 years (50 points)
        • >5 years (10 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        Not applicable

      • Is the frequency of an accreditation or oversight assessment based in part on a risk assessment of the client?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (100 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner ensure that all CABs are free to apply to operate under the scheme, irrespective of their country of residence, size and of the existing number of providers already operating under the scheme?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        not applicable - Bluesign technology is the only cerfifying body

      • Does the scheme owner accept CABs that are accredited/accepted by ABs to similar or generic scopes (proxy accreditation)?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • No (100 points)
        • Yes (0 points)
        • Yes assess scheme-specific competence (80 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner require ABs or oversight bodies to have a documented complaints mechanism in place for compliance decisions?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        not applicable - no decisions regarding accreditation or oversight compliance

      • Does the scheme owner require ABs or oversight bodies to have a procedure in place for how CABs are required to address non-conformities using a corrective action process?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner require ABs or oversight bodies to make summary accreditation/oversight reports (with personal and commercially sensitive information removed) available?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (on request) (70 points)
        • Yes publicly (100 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner ensure that the accreditation or oversight assessment includes an on-site assessment of the CAB?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (100 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        not applicable - no oversight audits required

      • Does the scheme owner ensure that the accreditation or oversight process includes a review of the performance of CABs and auditors in the field?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (100 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
  • Claims & Traceability
    Claims and labelling policy and chain of custody
    91/100
    • Traceability
      91/100
      • Does the scheme owner have a documented Chain of Custody standard or other traceability requirements?
        Answer: Yes available on request
        Score: 70/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes available on request (70 points)
        • Yes publicly available (100 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        Bluesign System has no specific CoC but requires a strict input stream management. This procedure prevents that harmful chemical substances enter the production process. Other chemicals might only be used under specified circumstances and can be traced back to their origin (by using an identification number and an online tool available for all system partners). It is also defined who is testing what and where. personal correspondence Bernhard Hartleitner (Bluesign)

      • In terms of the level of traceability, which is the least strict CoC model that the scheme allows?
        Answer: Segregation
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Segregation (100 points)
        • Mass Balance (70 points)
        • Certificate Trading (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        As no official CoC is in place it is difficult to define the model used at Bluesign. Segregation probaly describes best the procedure of input stream management. In most of the cases system partners which finish a product can exactely tell which chemical have been used for the semi finished products and also when and to wich extent non bluesign approved chemicals have been added. personal correspondence Bernhard Hartleitner (Bluesign)

      • Are there any CoC requirements for non-certified material, in case mixing of certified with uncertified inputs is allowed?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        All chemicals that are used for a certified bluesign product need to fulfill the bluesign criteria even if they are not bluesign certified. personal correspondence Bernhard Hartleitner (Bluesign)

      • Does the scheme owner require CABs to verify that all enterprises within the chain maintain accurate and accessible records that allow any certified product or batch of products to be traceable from the point of sale to the buyer?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        "In order to establish and maintain a proper management system a system partner shall particularly (...) enable traceability of production lots including all documentation and reports." Bluesign criteria for production sites p.9 http://www.bluesign.com/industry/infocenter/downloads/downloadFile/4/ind-download-criteria/criteria-for-production-sites-v2-0-pdf

      • Are companies required to keep CoC records for at least the term of certificate validity?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        "In order to establish and maintain a proper management system a system partner shall particularly (...) enable traceability of production lots including all documentation and reports." Bluesign criteria for production sites https://www.bluesign.com/industry/infocenter/downloads/downloadFile/4/ind-download-criteria/criteria_for_production_sites_v2.0.pdf

      • Does the scheme have a traceability system that enables checking of product flow between links of the supply chain?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        Bluetool and holologation "The web-based search engine for authorized textile manufacturers selects approved chemical products for new developments or as an alternative to existing processes." https://www.bluesign.com/industry/infocenter/downloads/downloadFile/4/ind-download-criteria/criteria_for_production_sites_v2.0.pdf

    • Claims & Labelling
      91/100
      • Does the scheme owner make documented requirements governing the use of symbols, logos and claims available?
        Answer: Yes publicly
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (on request) (70 points)
        • Yes publicly (100 points)
      • Do claims and labelling requirements ensure that claims or logos clearly indicate to what they apply?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        2 on-product labels that are described on the website: "Bluesign approved" for chemical substances and textile components and "Bluesign Product" for final products http://www.bluesign.com/de/consumer/label

      • Do claims requirements specify the types of claims that can be made for different types of CoC models, where the scheme owner allows for more than one model?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Are claims and label users required to use unique license numbers or other tracking mechanisms?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        article number available in blue guide personal correspondence Bernhard Hartleitner (Bluesign)

      • Does the scheme owner require surveillance of the accurate use of claims and labels in the market, including a complaints mechanism to report misuse?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        The directive describes processes and tools for surveillance of certificates and authorizations for labeling consumer goods. internal document: "Surveillance of Certificates and Authorizations"

      • Does the scheme require different claims depending on the percentage of certified / verified content in a product?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        blue, grey and black rating of chemicals; "bluesign approved textiles" label guarantees that at least 90% of its fabric comply with bluesign criteria http://www.bluesign.com/industry/bluesign-system/criteria/criteria-for-homologation#.VDQK3OeIHf8, //www.bluesign.com/consumer/label#.VCwKC0jcHbE

      • What is the minimum percentage of a certified / verified input in a single ingredient product for a claim to be allowed for that product?
        Answer: 95-100%
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • 0-49% (25 points)
        • 50-74% (50 points)
        • 75-94% (80 points)
        • 95-100% (100 points)
        • Not specified (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        "The quality label bluesign® approved fabrics certifies that at least 90 per cent of the used fabrics comply with the strict safety and environmental requirements of the bluesign® criteria. Their suppliers and manufacturers have been verified as bluesign® system partners." http://www.bluesign.com/consumer/label#.VCwKC0jcHbE

      • What is the minimum percentage of certified / verified material in a composite product for a claim to be allowed for that product?
        Answer: 75-100%
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • 0-20% (25 points)
        • 21-50% (50 points)
        • 51-74% (80 points)
        • 75-100% (100 points)
        • Not specified (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        "The quality label bluesign® approved fabrics certifies that at least 90 per cent of the used fabrics comply with the strict safety and environmental requirements of the bluesign® criteria. Their suppliers and manufacturers have been verified as bluesign® system partners." http://www.bluesign.com/consumer/label#.VCwKC0jcHbE

      • Is the label accompanied by an explanatory text claim or a link to further information?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme have a procedure that defines specific consequences of misuse of claims?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (100 points)

        Source:

        "In case of non- conformities corrective actions including a time table are prescribed. Furthermore, the recommendations for improvements are given. " Bluesign criteria for production sites p.23 https://www.bluesign.com/industry/infocenter/downloads/downloadFile/4/ind-download-criteria/criteria_for_production_sites_v2.0.pdf


En­vir­on­ment 75%

  • Prohibition of Chemicals Harmful to the Environment
  • Thresholds for Wastewater Parameters (Basic)
  • Prohibition of Chemicals Harmful to Human Health - Textile
  • Hazardous chemicals - substances of very high concern under REACH
  • Limit Values for Chemical Residues
  • Requirements for the Production of Natural Fibres
  • Chemicals
    Restriction and handling of (hazardous) chemicals
    81/100
    • Chemical Use
      79/100
      • Does the standard include criteria on chemical use?
        Answer: Increase efficiency/reduce chemical use
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Document use of all chemicals (25 points)
        • Increase efficiency/reduce chemical use (100 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        A bluesign® SYSTEM PARTNER shall strive for optimization of the quality and quantity of resources used. It is a prerequisite to choose and use the resources in a responsible way. Both ethical and environmental aspects shall be considered. To establish the status quo and to provide data for benchmarking, an annual review of key figures related to water, energy, raw materials and chemicals consumption, as well as wastewater, waste and CO2 emissions, shall be performed. The acquired information shall serve as an indicator for targeted corrective actions and setting of environmental objectives. The information on chemical products in use at the site shall be compiled in a Chemicals Inventory List (CIL). Implementation of appropriate processes and their continual optimization shall enable the lowest possible use of chemicals and raw materials. In-house recycling can additionally minimize the consumption of resources. Appropriate input stream management shall enable the implementation of only good quality chemicals and raw materials.

        Referenzdokumente:

        Criteria for production sites, p. 13, 16

      • Does the standard include criteria on chemicals listed on the REACH Candidate List as substances of very high concern?
        Answer: Prohibit use
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Restrict use (50 points)
        • Prohibit use (100 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        Reach Chemicals are considered in homologation (chemical assessment) and RSL.

        Referenzdokumente:

      • Does the standard include criteria on the use of biocides in the finishing process?
        Answer: Restrict use
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 50/100
        Possible answers
        • Restrict use (50 points)
        • Prohibit use (100 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        BSSL define usage bans for specific biocides in consumer articles. BSBL define threshold limits for specific biocides in chemical formulations. Biocidal products used for manufacturing of bluesign® approved articles must be manufactured by a bluesign® system partner. However, when possible the use of antimicrobial active substances and biocidal products should be avoided or at least minimized. If a customer or a consumer requires an antimicrobial or a biocidal function of the fabric the appropriate product shall be used in a responsible and sustainable manner. The manufacturer of a biocidal product or an antimicrobial active substance that is intended for registration as “bluesign® approved” shall submit to bluesign technologies a compact risk assessment with the following information:  Description of the substance/mixture and its application  Life-cycle hazard profile  Life-cycle exposure profile (human, environment)  Risk evaluation (workplace, consumer, environment)  Risk management (workplace, consumer, environment). Only those biocidal products that show compliance with the BPR (Biocidal Product Regulation) and associated documents are allowed under the bluesign® SYSTEM. Residual liquors from finishing processes that include fluorocarbons, flame retardants and antimicrobial active substances shall not be discharged to the wastewater; effective and controlled disposal for these liquors shall be implemented with the least possible impact on humans and the environment.

        Referenzdokumente:

        bluesign® CRITERIA for production sites ANNEX: Textile Manufacturer - Page 3; bluesign® CRITERIA for chemical assessment ANNEX: Biocidal products and antimicrobial active substances - complete document; BSSL - Page 15-16; BSBL - Page 11

      • Does the standard include criteria on the use of formaldehyde?
        Answer: Restrict use
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 50/100
        Possible answers
        • Restrict use (50 points)
        • Prohibit use (100 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        Formaldehyde belongs to the carcinogenic substances (Carc. Cat. 1B) with the so called ‘safe exposure threshold’. The German MAK Commission has specified a limit of 0.37 mg/m3 below which formaldehyde can be regarded as not causing harmful cancer effects to humans. Formaldehyde as such is not used in textile manufacturing. However, since it is present as an impurity in certain textile auxiliaries and can be released out of them, it is of importance for emissions during finishing and eventually for consumer safety. Based on the risk assessment and following the bluesign® criteria for chemical assessment (Homologation), bluesign technologies comes to the following conclusion regarding the consumer safety limits for formaldehyde: Usage Range A: Next to skin use and baby articles (0 to 3 years) - 15 ppm; Usage Range B: Occasional skin contact - 75 ppm; Usage Range C: No skin contact - 300 ppm. Additionally, bluesign defines following occupational exposure limits (OEL) for formaldehyde: 0.3 ppm or 0.37 mg/m³ (goal 0.1 ppm). bluesign® FINDER contains several formaldehyde-free and formaldehyde-low chemical products for non-creasing and non-shrinking finishes. With these products a reduction of formaldehyde emissions in textile finishing is achieved and formaldehyde residues on the textile can be minimized.

        Referenzdokumente:

        BSSL - Page 9, 44

      • Does the standard include criteria on the use of nanomaterials?
        Answer: Restrict use
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 50/100
        Possible answers
        • Restrict use (50 points)
        • Prohibit use (100 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        It is well known, that there can be a general relationship between toxicity and particle size. The smaller a particle, the greater the surface area compared to its volume and the higher its chemical reactivity and biological activity. Nanoparticles can be more readily inhaled and ingested and are more likely than larger particles to penetrate the human skin. Nanoparticles may be able to cross cell membranes or the blood brain barrier. Therefore, in comparison to conventional textile materials and processes, nanoscale materials may imply a significantly higher risk for humans and the environment. These potential additional risks require special criteria that are defined by the bluesign® SYSTEM. The most important issues concerning nanoscale materials are:  workplace atmosphere (manufacturing and downstream use)  off-gas emissions (manufacturing and downstream use)  wastewater emissions (manufacturing and downstream use)  consumer safety (release of nanoscale materials during use; inhalative, dermal and oral exposure)  end of use (release of nanoscale materials during incineration, landfill, recycling, etc.). Nanoscale materials used for manufacturing of bluesign® approved articles must be manufactured by a bluesign® SYSTEM PARTNER. However, when possible the use of nanoscale materials should be avoided or minimized. If a customer or a consumer requires a nanoscale material, the appropriate product shall be used in a responsible and sustainable manner. Only products with a scientifically proven effect and minimized adverse reactions shall be used. The provisions on the nanoscale materials shall be regularly reviewed in the light of the scientific and regulatory progress. The manufacturer of a nanoscale material that is intended for registration as “bluesign® APPROVED” shall submit to bluesign technologies a compact risk assessment with the following information:  Description of the nanoscale material and its application  Life-cycle hazard profile  Life-cycle exposure profile (human, environment)  Risk evaluation (workplace, consumer, environment)  Risk management (workplace, consumer, environment)

        Referenzdokumente:

        Annex Nanoscale Materials/structures, p. 2

      • Does the standard include criteria on the use of flame retardants?
        Answer: Prohibit use of halogenated and other flame retardants
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Prohibit use of halogenated flame retardants (80 points)
        • Prohibit use of halogenated and other flame retardants (100 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        BSSL define usage bans for specific flame retardants in consumer articles. BSBL define threshold limits for specific flame retardants in chemical formulations. Flame retardants used for manufacturing of bluesign® approved articles must be manufactured by a bluesign® system partner. However, if possible the use of flame retardants shall be avoided or minimized (e.g. by the use of an appropriate fabric construction). Only products with scientifically proven effect and minimized adverse reactions shall be used. The bluesign® CRITERIA for flame retardants include requirements on:  Function/effect  Fastness properties (if relevant)  EHS aspects. Residual liquors from finishing processes that include fluorocarbons, flame retardants and antimicrobial active substances shall not be discharged to the wastewater; effective and controlled disposal for these liquors shall be implemented with the least possible impact on humans and the environment.

        Referenzdokumente:

        bluesign® CRITERIA for production sites ANNEX: Textile Manufacturer - Page 3; bluesign® CRITERIA for chemical assessment ANNEX: Flame retardants - complete document; BSSL - Page 24-25; BSBL - Page 18-19

      • Does the standard include criteria on biodegredability of substances?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers

        Excerpt from standard:

        Biodegradability is one of the major environmental hazard endpoints that is considered for the bluesign® CHEMICAL ASSESSMENT of a chemical formulation. The assessment of ecological risk of a mixture is based on the correlation between biodegradation and aquatic toxicity. Mixtures that have low aquatic toxicity and are readily biodegradable will be rated as blue. A high aquatic toxicity and a low biodegradation degree will lead to a black rating. The grey rating can also be supported by an additional parameter - bacteria toxicity. The aquatic toxicity and biodegradation are used to determine the rating of only those mixtures that are not intended to be fixed on textiles. The ecological impact of chemical products that are intended to be fixed on textiles (e.g. dyestuffs, finishing agents, after treatment agents with fiber affinity) is assessed by an on-site inspection. These chemical products are designed to guarantee longterm functionality or color resistance of the textile, which is equal to an inherent low biodegradation behavior. Biodegradability of a chemical product can be assessed according to the methods: OECD 302 B, OECD 310, OECD 301 A-F or OECD 303 A.

        Referenzdokumente:

        Page 15,20

      • Does the standard include criteria on H statements H400, H410, H411?
        Answer: Prohibit use for some applications
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 60/100
        Possible answers
        • Prohibit use for some applications (60 points)
        • Prohibit use for all applications (80 points)
        • Prohibit use of additional H statements for all applications (100 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        With the help of the bluesign® TOOL all bluesign® SYSTEM PARTNER from chemical industry are easily guided through the homologation procedure. The tool provides all the necessary information on the evaluation of chemical products. Information on both ecological and toxicological properties of a mixture and on the single substances in a mixture is provided by the system partners. The data input is carefully verified by bluesign technologies. Hazard endpoints based on H-phrases such as aquatic toxicity of substances are included in the bluesign® CHEMICAL ASSESSMENT. The evaluation and rating of chemical mixtures not only depend on the intrinsic properties of the chemical substances but also on application scenarios and environmental pathways.

        Referenzdokumente:

        Page 10-20

      • Does the standard include criteria on H statements H300, H310, H330, H340, H341, H350, H351, H360, H361, H370, H371?
        Answer: Prohibit use for some applications
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 80/100
        Possible answers
        • Prohibit use for some applications (60 points)
        • Prohibit use for all applications (80 points)
        • Prohibit use of additional H statements for all applications (100 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        Phasing out solvents for degreasing that are characterized with the risk phrases/hazard statements RSS, R46/ H340, R49/H350i, R60 or R61/ H360FD own chemical assessments that tests substances for the following characteristics:  carcinogenicity mutagenicity/genotoxicity  reprotoxicity developmental toxicity neurotoxicity endocrine disruption mammalian toxicity skin/eye irritation and corrosivity  skin and respiratory sensitization

        Referenzdokumente:

        Annex: Surface treatment of metals v.2.0, p. 2Criteria for chemical assessment, p.15

      • Does the standard include criteria on testing the final product regarding residues of chemicals?
        Answer: Limit values for more than 10 residues are defined
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Limit values for less or equal than 10 residues are defined (50 points)
        • Limit values for more than 10 residues are defined (100 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        Especially in cases where compliance with BSSL can be only ensured by excellent process control (e.g. when solvents are in use), a manufacturer shall establish and maintain appropriate monitoring of finished products. An appropriate testing program for the finished products shall be installed and maintained. Additionally, a textile manufacturer shall establish and maintain appropriate quality control of finished products. Parameters such as pH and fastness properties, as well as the relevant BSSL substances, shall be part of a testing program, especially if compliance with the bluesign® SYSTEM SUBSTANCES LIST (BSSL) - Consumer safety limits depends not only on the raw materials and intermediates used but also on the process conditions and control (e.g. residual solvent content in solvent coating).

        Referenzdokumente:

        bluesign® CRITERIA for production sites, Page 29 Annex Textile Manufacturer , p. 8 BSSL complete document

    • Handling of Hazardous Substances
      100/100
      • Does the standard include criteria on storage and labelling of chemicals?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers

        Excerpt from standard:

        The handling and storage of hazardous materials needs to be addressed in a structured way. The listed measures shall therefore be incorporated in the management system. Furthermore, a competent person shall be named as the responsible person for this topic. The overall responsibility for the storage of hazardous chemicals is with the employer. Therefore, bluesign® SYSTEM PARTNER have to assure that an appropriate storage concept, which fits to the type and quantity of chemicals typically stored at the production site is in place. The storage concept shall follow the well-known Plan-Do-Check-Act principle and shall be subject to continual improvement. The storage concept can be developed by the company itself. When specialized staff is missing or in cases where significant amounts of different kinds of hazardous chemicals are stored it is recommended to use external specialists. The storage concept shall comprise – as a part of overall management system – technical and organizational measures that include:  Correct and complete information on chemicals hazards  Adequate input stream management  Risk assessment for storage – implemented and up to date  Clearly defined responsibilities  Appropriate storage locations and storage conditions  Appropriate co-storage/segregated storage  Suitable emergency preparedness  Sufficient knowledge and continuing education of workers

        Referenzdokumente:

        bluesign® CRITERIA for production sites - Page 24 & 27; Guidance Sheet: Chemicals Storage - complete document; Guideline: Chemicals Management and Chemical Change Management at Manufacturers - Page 15-18

      • Does the standard include criteria on selective and targeted application of chemicals?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers

        Excerpt from standard:

        The [bluesign® FINDER] offers more than 14’000 preferred (bluesign® APPROVED) chemicals that are commercially available for various applications in textile (and other) industries (August 2020) . All registered chemicals are assessed by a comprehensive chemical hazard and risk assessment for more than 900 substances (600 thereof defined with a usage ban) based on verified data provided by contracted bluesign® SYSTEM PARTNER chemical suppliers. Assessment of data regarding impurities is going deeper and beyond certain international reporting levels for safety data sheets (SDSs). Integrity of data is assured via repeated physical audits at manufacturing locations of chemical suppliers with a strong focus on product stewardship management and EH&S (clean-factory approach). Risk assessment calculations for preferred chemicals go as well beyond common MRSL approaches to not only cover substance restrictions but also consider GHS (H-phrases) and environmental aspects such as AOX and air emission characteristics. The manufacturer’s goal shall be to use only bluesign® APPROVED chemical products. By means of chemicals change management, chemicals not listed in bluesign® FINDER must be phased out or replaced as soon as possible. Considering that the phase-out or replacement of chemical products from non-system partners often involves time consuming activities such as, adaption of recipes; lab and production trials, additional lab testing; modified sourcing; creation/expansion of the bluesign® SYSTEM PARTNER network any changes to the chemical products portfolio of a manufacturer can only be made step by step. bluesign® FINDER, with its positive list of bluesign® APPROVED chemical products, plays an important role in the chemical substitution process and shall be integrated into the chemicals management system of every manufacturer. To control unnecessary consumption/overdosing, unnecessary emissions as well as unintended transfer of chemicals to the final product, process control is of great importance. The following measures are typically applied: ◼ Minimization of release of hazardous chemicals to the workplace and environment ◼ Minimization of leaks and spills ◼ Avoidance of cross-contamination with critical substances (from raw materials or from chemicals) ◼ Exact definition of recipes ◼ Exact definition of processing conditions ◼ Automatic control of important process parameters ◼ Use of suitable containers and machinery ◼ Regular calibration of measuring equipment ◼ Regular check of actual dosing ◼ Regular revision of dosing instructions/settings. Spills shall be prevented as far as possible by applying suitable technical dosing aids and training of workers. Impermeable flooring and secondary containment help to contain spills and prevent chemicals from entering the soil, groundwater or surface water. Additionally, spill kits can help to contain, absorb and dispose of spills in an effective and safe way. If necessary, additional devices for preventing spills from entering the rainwater system shall be made available (e.g. covers for storm drain hatches and sewers).

        Referenzdokumente:

      • Does the standard include criteria on training on chemicals handling and exposure?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers

        Excerpt from standard:

        Persons in management roles responsible for chemicals management shall be adequately qualified (e.g. higher education in chemistry or chemical engineering, or adequate practical chemical education plus relevant work experience). Knowledge shall be kept up to date by regular external training. Signed training records shall be kept on file. Adequately qualified chemical experts can also provide internal training of the workers. Workers having contact with hazardous materials shall be trained at the time of hiring, and afterwards periodically (e.g. once a year). The training sessions shall also be conducted when new processes or chemicals are installed and in case of incidents. Signed training records shall be kept on file. For employees which work with chemicals, the system partner shall apply the following measures: ◼ Provide initial training on chemicals hazards and correct handling (document participation and success) ◼ Provide appropriate and suitable PPE and training for correct use (including work clothing) ◼ Supervise the use of PPE ◼ Where solid substances in powder form are handled (dyestuffs, reducing agents, etc.), appropriate precautions to minimize dust concentration at the workplace shall be installed ◼ If sensitizing substances are handled, skin contact and inhalation of the substances shall be strictly avoided ◼ Train employees on how to classify, collect and dispose of hazardous waste resulting from operations

        Referenzdokumente:

        bluesign® CRITERIA for production sites - Page 27; Guideline: Chemicals Management and Chemical Change Management at Manufacturers - Several

      • Does the standard include criteria on specific procedures/controls to deal with pollution incidents (to mitigate environmental impacts)?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers

        Excerpt from standard:

        A bluesign® SYSTEM PARTNER shall establish, implement and maintain procedures for response to potential emergency situations and potential accidents that can have an impact on the environment and the employees. A bluesign® SYSTEM PARTNER shall regularly test such procedures where practicable. Employees The bluesign CRITERIA defines a variety of requirements regarding environmental risk assessments and pollution prevention and control such as: - defined emergency procedures - layout planning , drainage, storage concepts, spill plans etc. - stormwater pollution and prevention - historical use of the production site including potential contamination - remediation plans for existing pollutions - Preparedness for major accident hazards (e.g. emissions, fire, explosion) - [...]

        Referenzdokumente:

        bluesign® CRITERIA for production sites - several, p. 28

  • Water
    Water usage and wastewater treatment
    100/100
    • Water Use
      100/100
      • Does the standard include criteria on water consumption in the production phase?
        Answer: Monitor water volumes & increase efficiency
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Monitor volumes of water consumption over time (50 points)
        • Monitor water volumes & increase efficiency (100 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        As the world population continues to grow and available resources are shrinking in some regions, responsible management of resources is becoming not only an environmental consideration but also an ethical consideration. The focus on preservation of human health and a clean environment by effectively and efficiently managing water, energy, chemicals and raw materials during production is the goal for all bluesign® SYSTEM PARTNERS. It is of great importance that freshwater sources, consumption volumes and use purposes are known. Water conservation shall be part of the corporate policy, and the following main principles shall be adopted: ◼ Continual metering of freshwater consumption volume, at least at the company level ◼ Internal and external benchmarking of absolute and specific water consumption, at least on an annual basis and at the company level ◼ Awareness of and use of water saving technologies ◼ Reuse of cooling water ◼ Reuse of process water (if possible) and installing closed water circuits ◼ Water consumption shall be made a purchasing criterion when purchasing new machinery ◼ The economic, technical and legal feasibility of a water recycling system shall be evaluated for water intensive operations Implementation of the bluesign® SYSTEM is safeguarded by regular reporting of resource key figures and a holistic eKPI (environmental key performance indicator) Assessment including benchmarking and evaluation of resource saving potentials.

        Referenzdokumente:

        bluesign® SYSTEM - Page 4; bluesign® CRITERIA for production sites - Page 16; bluesign® CRITERIA for production site - Rating matrix Manufacturer - Page 7

    • Wastewater
      100/100
      • Does the standard include criteria on wastewater quality and wastewater treatment?
        Answer: Treat wastewater
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Monitor wastewater quality over time (25 points)
        • Treat wastewater (75 points)
        • Treat wastewater with parameters defined to ensure appropriate quality of wastewater (100 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        The limit values and sampling requirements for direct wastewater discharge are compiled in Table 4.1. (Annex Textile manufacturers, p.4-6) The bluesign® CRITERIA define industry specific requirements and limit values for direct and indirect discharge of wastewater (process and domestic wastewater) that are provided in the relevant annexes to the bluesign® CRITERIA for production sites. All bluesign® SYSTEM PARTNER manufacturers are periodically assessed on-site and rated for their practices regarding wastewater management, wastewater treatment and wastewater monitoring.

        Referenzdokumente:

        bluesign® CRITERIA for production sites - Page 17-19; ANNEX: Textile Manufacturer - Page 2 (Emision factor COD) & 3-7; ANNEX: Surface treatment of metals and plastics/non-textile substrates - Page 3, 5,7-10; ANNEX: Leather processing - Page 3-5; ANNEX: Fiber manufacturing - Page 6; ANNEX: Down and feathers processing - Page 3-5; ANNEX: Chemical Supplier - Page 6-8; ANNEX: Exclusion criteria - Page 3

      • Does the standard include criteria on wastewater volumes (per unit of production)?
        Answer: Limit wastewater volumes
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Monitor wastewater volumes over time (25 points)
        • Limit wastewater volumes (100 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        Table 4.1 states that wastewater flow is to be monitored continually (Annex Textile manufacturers, p.4). The implementation of the bluesign® SYSTEM fosters reduction in negative environmental impacts. These reductions potentially include water use reduction, wastewater reduction, energy use reduction, reduction in the overall use of chemicals, and the eradication of hazardous substances through the implementation of smarter chemistry and Best Available Technique (BAT). It is of great importance that freshwater sources, consumption volumes and use purposes are known. Water conservation shall be part of the corporate policy, and the following main principles shall be adopted: All® bluesign SYSTEM PARTNER are requested to monitor waste water quality and volumes (waste water volumes are also directly related to fresh water volumes). Implementation of the bluesign® SYSTEM is safeguarded by regular reporting of resource key figures and a holitsic eKPI (environmental key performance indicator) Assessment including benchmarking and evaluation of resource saving potentials.

        Referenzdokumente:

        Annex Textile manufacturers, p.4

      • Does the standard include threshold values on basic wastewater parameters?
        Answer: For different production steps
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Only for one production step (50 points)
        • For different production steps (100 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        The limit values and sampling requirements for direct wastewater discharge are compiled in Table 4.1. Non-bluesign® APPROVED textile input from third parties that is pretreated, dyed (as loose stock, yarn or fabric), printed, finished, coated, laminated or bonded cannot be tolerated for use in bluesign® APPROVED textile articles. (Annex Textile manufacturers, p.4-6) The bluesign® CRITERIA define industry specific requirements and limit values (foundational & progressive) for direct and indirect discharge of wastewater (process and domestic wastewater) that are provided in the relevant annexes to the bluesign® CRITERIA for production sites. All bluesign® SYSTEM PARTNER manufacturers are periodically assessed on-site and rated for their practices regarding wastewater management, wastewater treatment and wastewater monitoring.

        Referenzdokumente:

        bluesign® CRITERIA for production sites - Page 17-19; ANNEX: Textile Manufacturer - Page 2 (Emision factor COD) & 3-7; ANNEX: Surface treatment of metals and plastics/non-textile substrates - Page 3, 5,7-10; ANNEX: Leather processing - Page 3-5; ANNEX: Fiber manufacturing - Page 6; ANNEX: Down and feathers processing - Page 3-5; ANNEX: Chemical Supplier - Page 6-8; ANNEX: Exclusion criteria - Page 3

      • Does the standard include threshold values on advanced wastewater parameters?
        Answer: All of these parameters are covered
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Not all of these parameters are covered (85 points)
        • All of these parameters are covered (100 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        The limit values and sampling requirements for direct wastewater discharge are compiled in Table 4.1. (Annex Textile manufacturers, p.4-6) The bluesign® CRITERIA define industry specific requirements and limit values (foundational & progressive) for direct and indirect discharge of wastewater (process and domestic wastewater) that are provided in the relevant annexes to the bluesign® CRITERIA for production sites. All bluesign® SYSTEM PARTNER manufacturers are periodically assessed on-site and rated for their practices regarding wastewater management, wastewater treatment and wastewater monitoring.

        Referenzdokumente:

        bluesign® CRITERIA for production sites - Page 17-19; ANNEX: Textile Manufacturer - Page 2 (Emision factor COD) & 3-7; ANNEX: Surface treatment of metals and plastics/non-textile substrates - Page 3, 5,7-10; ANNEX: Leather processing - Page 3-5; ANNEX: Fiber manufacturing - Page 6; ANNEX: Down and feathers processing - Page 3-5; ANNEX: Chemical Supplier - Page 6-8; ANNEX: Exclusion criteria - Page 3

  • Inputs
    Requirements on the materials used in the final product
    38/100
    • Fibres
      38/100
      • Does the standard include criteria on the production of natural fibres?
        Answer: Fibres are extensively tested for agrochemical residues
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 40/100
        Possible answers
        • Fibres are extensively tested for agrochemical residues (40 points)
        • Fibres are extensively tested for agrochemical residues AND production follows IPM (50 points)
        • Less than 50% of fibres is organic (non-organic fibres has to be tested for agrochemical residues) (60 points)
        • 51% - 90% of fibres is organic (non-organic fibres has to be tested for agrochemical residues) (80 points)
        • More than 90% of fibres is organic (100 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        This guidance sheet summarizes the requirements for input stream management at manufacturers regarding non-chemical raw materials and intermediates. (p.1) If testing is required, it is a responsibility of the manufacturer to organize random testing or to request meaningful and complete test results from the supplier. (p.2) Impurities that natural fibres are tested for: APEO (APEO might be contained in spinning oils, sizing agents etc.) (p.2), banned dyes and pigments; impurities from pigments and dyes (p.3), for cotton: pesticides (p. 4), for rubber: Vulcanization accelerators (e.g. Mercaptobenzothiazole), sensitizing proteins in natural rubber (p.4), for wool: Chlorinated wool, Permethrin (biocides), Scoured wool (APEO), After Chrome dyed wool (p. 5), silk weighted/loaded, degummed (p. 5), for linen: pesticides (p. 6), for Down and feathers: Pre-washed down and feathers/APEO; sterilized materials/preservatives (p. 6)

        Referenzdokumente:

        Guidance Sheet on raw material input stream management, p. 2-6 (table)

      • Does the standard include criteria on the production of synthetic fibers?
        Answer: General criteria
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 25/100
        Possible answers
        • General criteria (25 points)
        • Specific criteria depending on different types of synthetic fibers (100 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        The bluesign® CRITERIA for fiber manufacturing define specific requirements for the manufacuturing of man-made fibers derived from natural and chemical sources (e.g. VOC management and solvent recovery for dry spinning or wet spinning, Antimony content in polyester, N2O & caprolactam emissions for polyamide production processes, other wastewater and air emission limits, [...])

        Referenzdokumente:

        Page 2-7

      • Does the standard include criteria on the usage of recycled material?
        Answer: Use of recycled material in product
        Degree of Obligation: Recommended
        Score: 25/100
        Possible answers
        • Use of recycled material in packaging (10 points)
        • Use of recycled material in product (90 points)
        • Use of recycled material in packaging and product (100 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        'Preference is given to recycled materials. Paper and card boards should come from FSC certified sources or should be made of recycled materials' Labeling bluesign® APPROVED recycled fibers as recycled is only valid when recycled content is ◼ traceable back to the reprocessing of the feedstock; ◼ certified by recycling standards (e.g. GRS (Global Recycled Standard) or SC Global Services (Recycled Content Certification). PVC content in recycled fibers shall be below 500 ppm. A bluesign® SYSTEM PARTNER shall purchase recycled materials if possible.Recycled materials can primarily reduce resource consumption and should therefore be used by bluesign® SYSTEM PARTNERS where feasible. Recycled materials can be pre-consumer recycled or post-consumer recycled. Especially in the second case it must be kept in mind that there is little knowledge about the sources and hardly any traceability. Therefore, these inputs shall under the responsibility of the system partner be subject to an input testing program for typically expected contaminations. A suitable test plan and documentation shall be generated. Packaging material shall be reduced; the use of returnable containers and recycled materials is strongly recommended.

        Referenzdokumente:

        bluesign® CRITERIA for production sites - Page 12,22; bluesign® CRITERIA for production sites ANNEX: Fiber manufacturing - Page 7

  • Quality
    Usability und durability of products
    75/100
    • Quality and Suitability
      75/100
      • Does the standard cover criteria on the quality of textiles?
        Answer: Less than four aspects are tested
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 75/100
        Possible answers
        • Less than four aspects are tested (75 points)
        • All four aspects (fastness of rubbing/ perspiration/ light/ washing) are tested (100 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        Suitable input stream management and adequate process control shall be in place to ensure that ◼ the final product is of defined quality; ◼ the manufacturing process conforms to the legal requirements and the bluesign® CRITERIA; ◼ both the manufacturing process and the final product have the least possible impact on people and the environment. [...] Good sourcing criteria can prevent the input of unwanted substances into the manufacturing process. A system partner shall perform regular quality assurance procedures and seek alternative materials and processes that minimize environmental, resource and human impacts. [...] Color fastness to saliva and perspiration can be relevant for articles with potential risk for mouthing and/or exposure to babies. Colors must be fast to saliva and perspiration according BSSL.

        Referenzdokumente:

        Bluesign® criteria for production sites - Page 11, 29; BSSL - Page 8; Audit Evaluation Tool - key 281- 284 (Quality Assurance for finished products)

  • Energy
    Energy consumption and renewable energy
    50/100
    • Energy Consumption
      50/100
      • Does the standard include criteria on energy consumption in the production phase?
        Answer: Monitor energy consumption over time
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 50/100
        Possible answers
        • Monitor energy consumption over time (50 points)
        • Increase efficiency/reduce energy consumption OR increase use of renewables (90 points)
        • Increase efficiency/reduce energy consumption AND increase use of renewables (100 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        Monitoring: Most important resource figures known for company level. (Ratring matrix, p. 6) As the world population continues to grow and available resources are shrinking in some regions, responsible management of resources is becoming not only an environmental consideration but also an ethical consideration. The focus on preservation of human health and a clean environment by effectively and efficiently managing water, energy, chemicals and raw materials during production is the goal for all bluesign® SYSTEM PARTNERS. They must aim to reduce their environmental footprint in terms of as energy and material input per kilogram of manufactured product. The bluesign® SYSTEM helps optimize process efficiency by minimizing both energy and material input. The first step is to evaluate the available data about water, energy, chemicals and raw materials consumption. This is followed by an in-depth analysis and benchmarking of the results compared to publicly available data and numbers shared by other system partners. Finally, BLUESIGN provides solutions on potential resource efficiency improvements that are supported by corresponding Best Available Techniques (BAT). Energy carriers shall be chosen and used in a responsible way. The aim of minimizing the carbon footprint shall be in focus.The energy needed to operate the installations shall be generated in a sustainable and resource saving way with a preference for renewable energy sources. Energy saving shall be part ofthe corporate policy.The following main principles shall be adopted: Energy efficiency shall be a major focus of energy intensive operations. Furthermore, the energy needed to operate the installations shall be generated in a sustainable and resource conserving manner, with a preference for renewable energy sources. Energy saving and minimizing the company’s carbon footprint shall be part of corporate policy. The following main principles shall be adopted: ◼ Environmentally friendly fuel types shall be used, and the share of environmentally friendly fuels shall be increased continually; internal targets shall be defined and monitored ◼ Metering of energy usage on a monthly basis and at least at the company level; major consumption of machines, units and facilities shall be monitored separately (e.g. dryers, reactors, WWTP) ◼ Internal and external benchmarking of absolute and specific energy consumption and CO2 emissions at least annually and at the company level ◼ Use of heat exchangers to recover residual thermal energy from water and off-gas ◼ Evaluation of co-generation (combined heat and power) for dye houses ◼ Use of excess production heat for heating of office buildings or for supply to external parties ◼ Use of indirect cooling instead of injection cooling ◼ Insulation of heated machines and pipes ◼ Reuse of steam condensate

        Referenzdokumente:

        bluesign® SYSTEM - Page 4; bluesign® CRITERIA for production sites - Page 16-17; Fact Sheet: Environmental Key Performance Indicators (eKPIs) at manufacturing plants

  • Waste & Air Pollution
    Reduction and management of waste and air pollutants
    62/100
    • Waste Production
      23/100
      • Does the standard include criteria on volumes of waste?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Monitor volumes of waste over time (50 points)
        • Reduce volumes of waste (100 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        Detailed waste balance; environmental policy includes waste reduction aspects A waste balance shall be generated on a yearly basis, including an overview of waste types, quantity, disposal methods, etc. The documents and reports, including third party records from waste management companies, shall be archived.

        Referenzdokumente:

        Criteria for production sites, Page 22 Rating matrix, p. 12

      • Does the standard include criteria on re-using or recycling waste on-site?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
        Score: 75/100
        Possible answers

        Excerpt from standard:

        A bluesign® SYSTEM PARTNER shall apply measures for site/process internal recycling of materials. Unavoidable waste shall be collected separately to enable re-use/recycling or to ensure safe disposal. For every “waste” where re-use and recycling is possible, necessary arrangements internally and externally shall be made in order to reduce resource consumption and amounts of waste.

        Referenzdokumente:

        bluesign® CRITERIA for production sites - Page 11, 22; Guidance sheet: Waste management

      • Does the standard include criteria on toxicity of waste?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Document toxic waste (25 points)
        • Reduce and/or treat toxic waste (100 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        Systematic efforts to reduce waste (including hazardous waste), separation of all relevant waste types If waste is generated, the type of waste has to be identified in order to allow for safe handling, storage and disposal or re-use and recycling. In contrast to substances/mixtures, GHS labeling can normally not be applied for waste (except discarded chemicals). Therefore the properties of the waste have to be assessed by the company itself. Most importantly it needs to be assessed if the waste is hazardous. Furthermore the waste needs to be allocated to a defined waste category according to local legislation. A waste balance shall be generated on a yearly basis, including an overview of waste types, quantity, disposal methods, etc. The documents and reports, including third party records from waste management companies, shall be archived.

        Referenzdokumente:

        Rating matrix, p. 12 bluesign® CRITERIA for production sites - Page 22; Guidance sheet: Waste management

    • Waste Management
      53/100
      • Does the standard include criteria on waste management in the production phase?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers

        Excerpt from standard:

        permits available, separation of waste, contracts for disposal companies

        Referenzdokumente:

        Rating matrix, p. 12

      • Does the standard include criteria on waste segregation?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers

        Excerpt from standard:

        separation of hazardous waste from non-hazardous waste The principle of segregated storage is that different hazards should be separated from each other. Dangerous goods of the same hazard class can usually be stored together, but there are exceptions. E.g. strong acids and bases are both corrosive, but react with each other. The storage concept for a specific industrial site will off course also depend on the volumes of hazardous materials present. In some cases, e.g. small amounts of acids and bases, sufficient space between containers can be safe enough. Large amounts of flammable materials however should be segregated with fire walls. Following principles shall be followed:  Make sure incompatible chemicals are not stored together (e.g. acids and base)  Separate compartments for incompatible chemicals (e.g. hydrosulfite)  Compare SDS for co-storage recommendations A waste balance shall be generated on a yearly basis, including an overview of waste types, quantity, disposal methods, etc. The documents and reports, including third party records from waste management companies, shall be archived. Hazardous waste shall be stored separately from non-hazardous waste; storage areas for hazardous waste shall be defined. Hazardous waste shall be disposed of separately from non-hazardous waste. Only licensed subcontractors shall be contracted for the transport and disposal of hazardous waste. Sludge types shall be properly classified and collected separately in suitable collection areas.

        Referenzdokumente:

        bluesign® CRITERIA for production sites, Page 22-23 Rating matrix, p. 12

      • Does the standard include criteria on safe disposal of hazardous waste?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers

        Excerpt from standard:

        Separation of hazardous and non-hazardous waste; contracts for disposal companies If waste is generated, the type of waste has to be identified in order to allow for safe handling, storage and disposal or re-use and recycling. In contrast to substances/mixtures, GHS labeling can normally not be applied for waste (except discarded chemicals). Therefore the properties of the waste have to be assessed by the company itself. Most importantly it needs to be assessed if the waste is hazardous. Furthermore the waste needs to be allocated to a defined waste category according to local legislation. Hazardous waste shall be clearly labeled and allow for proper identification of waste type. For hazardous waste special disposal methods are necessary – disposal together with general waste is not allowed. Depending on the physical state of the waste, additional treatment processes (e.g. solidification, concentration) might be required before disposal. Hazardous waste or sludge has to be disposed of via licensed and accredited waste management companies specialized in disposal of the respective type of waste. Safe disposal methods with low environmental impact shall be chosen. Disposal contracts, receipts, confirmations etc. have to be carefully archived in order to demonstrate full traceability. The safe storage of hazardous waste is an essential part of industrial safety and EHS management.Proper storage areas help to prevent accidents and incidents as well as emissions and contamination of air, water/groundwater and soil. Therefore the following points have to be considered:  Maximum amount of stored chemicals per area/building  Combined storage rules  Suitable impermeable floorings and containments  Storage areas have to be clearly marked  Ventilation if necessary (e.g. storage of solvents, solvent containing waste)  Spill precautions have to be taken (decanting devices, pumps, automated dosing systems, etc.)  Spill control devices must be available (spill kits, absorbing materials, drain covers)  Regular inspection of storage containers, shelves, tanks, flooring  Storage areas have to be clearly defined and labeled (especially storage areas for hazardous materials, e.g. flammables)  A plan for storage areas (chemicals, hazardous chemicals, waste, and hazardous waste) shall be created  Training of operatives in storage/loading/unloading areas  Interim storage in production areas: only in clearly defined areas; amount: maximum daily consumption

        Referenzdokumente:

        bluesign® critera for production sites v2.0 - Page 22-23; Guidance sheet: Waste management - Page 2-5 Rating matrix, p. 12

      • Does the standard include criteria on uncontrolled on-site waste burning?
        Answer: Restrict waste burning
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 75/100
        Possible answers
        • Restrict waste burning (75 points)
        • Prohibit waste burning (100 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        Waste incineration shall only be applied for waste types that cannot be recycled. Waste incineration shall generally only take place in specified and officially accredited waste incineration plants. Under the following conditions, on-site waste incineration can be tolerated as an exception: ◼ A permit for incineration which explicitly and precisely lists the waste types and conditions for incineration must be available ◼ An appropriate off-gas treatment system must be installed ◼ A temperature of 850°C (1100°C for waste with chlorine content above 1%) and a treatment time greater thantwo seconds shall be achieved by the incineration system ◼ Extensive and regular off-gas measurements, including the parameters dioxins and furans, must be conducted; the goal is to not exceed 0.1 ng/m3 for off-gas and 0.3 ng/L for wastewater discharge from exhaust gas cleaning ◼ Excellent know-how regarding the process management and process control must be demonstrated ◼ Appropriate disposal of ash can be demonstrated

        Referenzdokumente:

        Page 23

      • Does the standard include criteria on uncontrolled waste landfilling?
        Answer: Restrict waste landfilling
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 75/100
        Possible answers
        • Restrict waste landfilling (75 points)
        • Prohibit waste landfilling (100 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        Landfill shall be avoided as far as possible (if it cannot be avoided, only officially controlled landfill sites shall be used; no on-site landfill). Sludge from wastewater treatment shall not be disposed of in uncontrolled landfill.

        Referenzdokumente:

        Page 22,23

      • Does the standard include criteria on handling or disposal of waste by third parties?
        Answer: Keep records on third party contractors
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 25/100
        Possible answers
        • Keep records on third party contractors (25 points)
        • Evaluate third party contractors (in terms of suitability and disposal/treatment methods) (100 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        Valid permits available contracts for disposal companies at hand, disposal companies are qualified Compliance with national and/or local regulations pertaining to waste storage and transport shall be ensured. A waste balance shall be generated on a yearly basis, including an overview of waste types, quantity, disposal methods, etc. The documents and reports, including third party records from waste management companies, shall be archived. Hazardous waste shall be disposed of separately from non-hazardous waste. Only licensed subcontractors shall be contracted for the transport and disposal of hazardous waste.

        Referenzdokumente:

        bluesign® critera for production sites v2.0 - Page 22 Rating matrix, p. 12

    • Air pollution (excl. GHG) & Immission
      98/100
      • Does the standard include criteria on air pollution?
        Answer: Monitor emissions over time
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 90/100
        Possible answers
        • Monitor emissions over time (50 points)
        • Reduce emissions (through end-of-pipe technology) (90 points)
        • Increase emission efficiency (reduce emissions at source) (100 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        Reduction of air emissions and maintenance of an odor-free atmosphere with the goal of achieving the best possible air quality should be ensured. Air emissions apply to: ◼ Captured emissions (emission ports) (e.g. stack emissions; can be treated or untreated) ◼ Fugitive emissions (emissions which are not captured but occur by evaporation during application, leaks, etc.). bluesign® SYSTEM PARTNERS shall apply the following measures: ◼ Establish and maintain an inventory list of all emission ports (captured air emissions) ◼ Establish an inventory of ozone depleting substances at the site (including types and amounts) ◼ In case of relevant emissions, off-gas treatment systems need to be installed and operated properly ◼ Monitoring of emissions shall be conducted according to local/national legal requirements ◼ Compliance with local/national legal requirements shall be present and demonstrated. For fugitive emissions the following measures shall be applied: ◼ Substitution check (reduction of emission potential by change to low emission chemical products) ◼ Definition of a reduction plan (written plan including objectives and timelines). For finishing and heat setting processes, the emission factor concept shall be applied (see Guidance Sheet Air emission management textile finishing). The aim of the concept is to minimize the air pollution potential of the applied textile auxiliaries and thus minimize emissions to air. A further aim of the concept is to obtain better transparency, knowledge, and control of the emissions associated with textile finishing. Normally, emissions are regulated by mass concentrations (mg substance per m³ off-gas) and mass flows (g substance per h). The emission factor concept defines substance emission factors and textile substrate-based emission factors. The requirements for air emission management including requirements on measure emissions, monitor emissions, reduce emissions and increase emission efficiency for other industries are defined in the relevant ANNEX documents (e.g. surface treatment of metals, leather processing, fiber manufacturing, The requirements for VOC-relevant production sites including requirements on measure emissions, monitor emissions, reduce emissions and increase emission efficiency are defined in the bluesign® CRITERIA for production sites – ANNEX: VOC management.

        Referenzdokumente:

        bluesign® CRITERIA for production sites - Page 19-21; bluesign® CRITERIA for production sites - ANNEX: VOC management - Page 3-7; bluesign® CRITERIA for production sites - ANNEX: Textile Manufacturer - Page 7-8; bluesign® CRITERIA for production sites - ANNEX: Fiber manufacturing - Page 3-6; bluesign® CRITERIA for production sites - ANNEX: Leather processing - Page 5; Guidance sheet: Air emissions management - VOC - complete document; Guidance sheet: Air emissions management - textile finishing - complete document; Fact sheet: Emission factor concept - complete document;

      • For which production phase does the standard include criteria on air pollution?
        Answer: For all production steps
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • For some production steps (50 points)
        • For all production steps (100 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        For finishing and heat setting processes, the emission factor concept shall be applied (see Guidance Sheet Air emission management textile finishing). The aim of the concept is to minimize the air pollution potential of the applied textile auxiliaries and thus minimize emissions to air. A further aim of the concept is to obtain better transparency, knowledge, and control of the emissions associated with textile finishing. Normally, emissions are regulated by mass concentrations (mg substance per m³ off-gas) and mass flows (g substance per h). The emission factor concept defines substance emission factors and textile substrate-based emission factors. The following limit values are defined by the emission factor concept:◼ TOC □ mass flow: 0.8 kg TOC/h or □ emission factor: 0.8 g TOC/kg textile ◼ Organic substances listed in Guidance Sheet - Air emissions management - textile finishing: □ mass flow: 0.1 kg substance/h or □ emission factor: 0.4 g substance/kg textile. If off-gas emissions exceed the limit values stated above or if neighborhood complaints arise or if the production site is located within a nature protection area, suitable off-gas cleaning shall be installed. However, process integrated optimization should always have priority. If raw fixation (heat-setting of synthetic textile materials prior to washing) or fixation of polyamide 6 or polyacrylonitrile (or blends with elastane) plays a significant role (greater 20% of production volume at stenters), it is to be expected that an off-gas cleaning device is essential. System partners shall aim at applying the BAT of washing the synthetic textile materials prior to thermal treatment. For finishing processes at stenters an air/textile ratio of 20 Nm3/kg textile shall be the goal. For singeing a dust emission lower than 20 mg/Nm3 shall be the goal. For VOC relevant processes see bluesign® CRITERIA for production sites Annex: VOC management. Regular maintenance and cleaning of dryers and stenters (especially burners for direct heating) is strongly recommended to ensure proper function and reduce emissions (e.g. methane in gas fired direct heated stenters) and the risk of cross contamination.

        Referenzdokumente:

        bluesign® CRITERIA for production sites - ANNEX: Textile Manufacturer - Page 7-8; Guidance sheet: Air emissions management - textile - complete document; Fact sheet: Emission factor concept - complete document

  • Environmental Management
    Sound environmental management practices
    41/100
    • Environmental Management
      41/100
      • Does the standard include a general criterion on compliance with all relevant local, regional and national environmental laws and regulations?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers

        Excerpt from standard:

        As a minimum requirement, the bluesign® SYSTEM PARTNER shall comply with applicable local and national labor legislation and other legislation in the fields of social standards (e.g. minimum wage, maternity protection), Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S), environment and consumer safety. Therefore, awareness and understanding of these requirements, as well as an overview with regard to current laws and regulations, should be systematically addressed by the management system. Valid permits shall be available at the site. Legally binding requirements that are stronger or more detailed than the bluesign® CRITERIA will supersede these, and vice versa.

        Referenzdokumente:

        Page 5

      • Does the standard include criteria to ensure that relevant and up-to-date permits are held (such as water use rights or land use titles)?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers

        Excerpt from standard:

        A valid permit from all applicable governing agencies is a prerequisite for direct discharge allowance. p. 16; By way of exception an on-site waste incineration at production sites can be tolerated. In this case the permit for incineration must explicitly and precisely list the conditions for incineration.p. 19

        Referenzdokumente:

        p. 16: 10.1 Wastewater, p.19: 10.4 Waste, p.8: 4 Legal Compliance

      • Does the standard include criteria on assessing the environmental risks and impacts of production/operations prior to any significant intensification or expansion of business operations/cultivation and infrastructure?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers

        Excerpt from standard:

        A management system shall address risks and opportunities associated with its context and objectives. All bluesign SYSTEM PARTNERS shall implement a proper environmental management system that helps reduce the impacts of production on the environment. It shall be focused on: ◼ Objectives related to environmental aspects ◼ Implementation of input stream management and chemicals management principles ◼ Structured collection of statistics on resource consumptions and emissions ◼ Suitable metering and collection of data ◼ Definition of suitable eKPIs for the main consumptions, environmental performance parameters and emissions ◼ Increasing environmental competences in the company ◼ How emissions (air, water, waste, noise, etc.) are managed, monitored and compliance is ensured ◼ Environmental performance as a selection criterion when purchasing machines and installations ◼ Avoiding unproductive energy consumptions ◼ Increasing the share of renewable energies [...] A system partner shall perform Environmental risk assessment for its operation in the context of proper implementation of an environmental managagement system (A certified management system according ISO 14001 is therefore recommended) ◼ Environmental and safety risk assessment of the chemical storage area(s) ◼ Workplace risk assessments for safety of employees ◼ In case of major accidents hazards (e.g. major emissions, fire or explosion) evaluation of impact to the surroundings and local community and evaluation of prevention and mitigation measures [...] Risk assessments have to be performed periodically or before significant changes in existing operation (including chemicals, processes and technical equipment) or before new operations.

        Referenzdokumente:

        bluesign® CRITERIA for production sites - Page 8-9; Page 25-27; Guidance Sheet: Risk Assessment and Risk management

      • Does the standard include criteria on mitigating negative environmental impacts prior to production/operation?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers

        Excerpt from standard:

      • Does the standard include criteria on stakeholder engagement to achieve environmental targets?
        Answer: Maintain stakeholder lists
        Degree of Obligation: Recommended
        Score: 6/100
        Possible answers
        • Maintain stakeholder lists (25 points)
        • Inform appropriate stakeholders on environmental targets (50 points)
        • Consult appropriate stakeholders to achieve environmental targets (100 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        neighborhood complaints are reagrded in screening reports


So­cio-E­co­nom­ic 52%

  • Prohibition and Abolition of Forced Labour
  • Prohibition of Child Labour (Minimum Age/ILO 138)
  • Freedom of Association
  • Collective Bargaining
  • Prohibition of Worst Forms of Child Labour
  • Equal Remuneration (manufacturing stage)
  • Non-Discrimination (manufacturing stage)
  • Occupational Health and Safety.
  • Workers' Rights and Benefits of Sub-Contractors
  • Labour Contracts
  • Working Hours (manufacturing stage)
  • Labour Rights and Working Conditions
    Workers’ rights and working conditions
    65/100
    • Basic Labour Rights
      61/100
      • Child Labour
        80/100
        • Does the standard include criteria on the prohibition of child labour as defined under ILO 138?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          Child labour shall not be used, in accordance with the Minimum Age Convention (No. 138) and the Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention (No. 182)

          Referenzdokumente:

          Criteria for production sites, p. 6

        • Does the standard cover requirements on the prevention of worst forms of child labour as defined under ILO 182?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          A bluesign® SYSTEM PARTNER shall confirm, by agreement, compliance with the following principles and rights at work from selected International Labour Organization (ILO) conventions: [...] Child labour shall not be used, in accordance with the Minimum Age Convention (No. 138) and the Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention (No. 182) • There shall be no new recruitment of child labour. Further, persons younger than 18 years shall not be employed at night or in hazardous conditions.

          Referenzdokumente:

          Bluesign® SYSTEM - Page 16; Bluesign® CRITERIA for production sites - Page 6

        • Does the standard require that assistance be provided to replaced child workers?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
        • Does the standard require verification and documentation of age of (young) workers?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
        • Does the standard include criteria on special treatment of young workers?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
      • Wages and Benefits
        45/100
        • Does the standard require paying wages sufficient to meet basic needs of the worker and his or her family (living wage)?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
        • Does the standard require paying legal minimum wages and social benefits?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          As a minimum requirement, the bluesign® SYSTEM PARTNER shall comply with applicable local and national labor legislation and other legislation in the fields of social standards (e.g. minimum wage, maternity protection).

          Referenzdokumente:

          Criteria for production sites, p. 5

        • Does the standard require compensating overtime?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          No excessive working hours are allowed in accordance with the Hours of Work (Industry) Convention (No. 1) and the Weekly Rest (Industry) Convention (No. 14) • Working hours shall never exceed 48 hours per week and shall comply with national laws or with common industry standards, if they provide greater protection. Voluntary overtime shall neither exceed 12 hours per week, nor be demanded on a regular basis, nor represent a significantly higher likelihood of occupational hazards and shall be compensated appropriately

          Referenzdokumente:

          Criteria for production sites, p. 6

        • Does the standard require paid leave?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
          • one out of 3 (casual/ sick/ annual) (50 points)
          • two out of three (75 points)
          • all (100 points)
        • Does the standard require wages being paid in a timely, regular and convenient manner understood by all employees?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
          • yes, some (70 points)
          • yes, all (100 points)
      • Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining
        80/100
        • Does the standard include criteria on freedom of association and the right to organize as described in ILO 87?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          Generally, all bluesign® SYSTEM PARTNERS shall prohibit all forms of physical and verbal abuse, intimidation, sexual harassment and abusive punishment or disciplinary measures. A bluesign® SYSTEM PARTNER shall establish clear employment relationships by providing a written employment contract to each employee and shall work against corruption in all its forms. Further, a bluesign® SYSTEM PARTNER shall confirm, by agreement, compliance with the following principles and rights at work from selected International Labour Organization (ILO) conventions:[...] II. Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining are respected in accordance with the Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organise Convention (No. 87) and the Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining Convention (No. 98) • For furthering and defending their interests, workers or employers are enabled to form organizations. Also, a worker shall be able to join an organization while being protected against acts of anti-union discrimination in respect of their employment by their employer, that has an open attitude towards the activities of trade unions and their organisational activities.

          Referenzdokumente:

          bluesign® SYSTEM - Page 16; bluesign® CRITERIA for production sites - Page 6

        • Does the standard include criteria on the right to collective bargaining, as laid down by ILO 98?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          Generally, all bluesign® SYSTEM PARTNERS shall prohibit all forms of physical and verbal abuse, intimidation, sexual harassment and abusive punishment or disciplinary measures. A bluesign® SYSTEM PARTNER shall establish clear employment relationships by providing a written employment contract to each employee and shall work against corruption in all its forms. Further, a bluesign® SYSTEM PARTNER shall confirm, by agreement, compliance with the following principles and rights at work from selected International Labour Organization (ILO) conventions:[...] II. Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining are respected in accordance with the Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organise Convention (No. 87) and the Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining Convention (No. 98) • For furthering and defending their interests, workers or employers are enabled to form organizations. Also, a worker shall be able to join an organization while being protected against acts of anti-union discrimination in respect of their employment by their employer, that has an open attitude towards the activities of trade unions and their organisational activities.

          Referenzdokumente:

          bluesign® SYSTEM - Page 16; bluesign® CRITERIA for production sites - Page 6

        • Does the standard include criteria on the formation of workers representations where freedom of association is restricted by law?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
          • allow (90 points)
          • promote (100 points)

          Excerpt from standard:

          Referenzdokumente:

        • Does the standard include criteria on worker grievance mechanisms?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
          • define policy and procedure (50 points)
          • +monitor, follow up on and inform about outcome of grievances (75 points)
          • +no retribution (100 points)
      • Answer:
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
      • Voluntary Labour
        60/100
        • Does the standard prohibit forced and compulsory labour as defined in ILO 29 and 105?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          Employment is freely chosen in accordance with the Forced Labour Convention (No. 29) and the Abolition of Forced Labour Convention (No. 105)

          Referenzdokumente:

          Criteria for production sites, p. 6

        • Does the standard include criteria on the freedom of movemenent of employees?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
        • Does the standard prohibit the withholding of workers' documents?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
      • Gender
        85/100
        • Does the standard include criteria on having policies and/ or processes in place that prevent discrimination of women and men in the workplace?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          All bluesign SYSTEM PARTNER must assure that There is no form of discrimination, e.g. in hiring, compensation, access to training, promotion, termination or retirement, based on race, caste, ethnic or national origin, nationality, religion, age, disability, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, union membership, political affiliation, social background, or any other condition that could give rise to discrimination.

          Referenzdokumente:

          bluesign® CRITERIA for production sites - Page 6

        • Does the standard address the payment of equal wages as defined in ILO 100?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          No discrimination is practised, in accordance with the Equal Remuneration Convention (No. 100) and the Discrimination (Employment and Occupation) Convention (No. 111)

          Referenzdokumente:

          Criteria for production sites, p. 6

        • Does the standard include criteria on the right to maternity leave (as defined in ILO 183)?
          Answer: partial compliance
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 50/100
          Possible answers
          • partial compliance (50 points)
          • full compliance (90 points)
          • beyond 183 (100 points)

          Excerpt from standard:

          Equality of all women in the workforce shall be promoted and pregnancy shall be protected in accordance with the Maternity Protection Convention (No. 183) • Women during and after pregnancy shall be ensured appropriate health protection, including a maternity leave of at least 15 weeks, leave in case of illness or complications, medical benefits as well as employment protection and non-discrimination.

          Referenzdokumente:

          Bluesign system, p. 17

      • Non-Discrimination
        10/100
        • Does the standard include criteria on the non-discrimination in the workplace, as defined in ILO 111?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          Generally, all bluesign® SYSTEM PARTNERS shall prohibit all forms of physical and verbal abuse, intimidation, sexual harassment and abusive punishment or disciplinary measures. A bluesign® SYSTEM PARTNER shall establish clear employment relationships by providing a written employment contract to each employee and shall work against corruption in all its forms. Further, a bluesign® SYSTEM PARTNER shall confirm, by agreement, compliance with the following principles and rights at work from selected International Labour Organization (ILO) conventions:[...] V. No discrimination is practised, in accordance with the Equal Remuneration Convention (No. 100) and the Discrimination (Employment and Occupation) Convention (No. 111) • There is no form of discrimination, e.g. in hiring, compensation, access to training, promotion, termination or retirement, based on race, caste, ethnic or national origin, nationality, religion, age, disability, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, union membership, political affiliation, social background, or any other condition that could give rise to discrimination.

          Referenzdokumente:

          bluesign® SYSTEM - Page 16; bluesign® CRITERIA for production sites - Page 6

        • Does the standard include criteria on the non-discrimination of persons with disabilities?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          Generally, all bluesign® SYSTEM PARTNERS shall prohibit all forms of physical and verbal abuse, intimidation, sexual harassment and abusive punishment or disciplinary measures. A bluesign® SYSTEM PARTNER shall establish clear employment relationships by providing a written employment contract to each employee and shall work against corruption in all its forms. Further, a bluesign® SYSTEM PARTNER shall confirm, by agreement, compliance with the following principles and rights at work from selected International Labour Organization (ILO) conventions:[...] V. No discrimination is practised, in accordance with the Equal Remuneration Convention (No. 100) and the Discrimination (Employment and Occupation) Convention (No. 111) • There is no form of discrimination, e.g. in hiring, compensation, access to training, promotion, termination or retirement, based on race, caste, ethnic or national origin, nationality, religion, age, disability, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, union membership, political affiliation, social background, or any other condition that could give rise to discrimination.

          Referenzdokumente:

          bluesign® SYSTEM - Page 16; bluesign® CRITERIA for production sites - Page 6

      • Working Hours
        100/100
        • Does the standard include criteria on working hours, as defined in ILO Convention 1?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          No excessive working hours are allowed in accordance with the Hours of Work (Industry) Convention (No. 1) and the Weekly Rest (Industry) Convention (No. 14)

          Referenzdokumente:

          Criteria for production sites, p. 6

      • Scope of Labour Rights
        70/100
        • Do worker's rights and benefits set out by the standard apply to all forms of work?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          These requirements and conventions shall be applicable to the working conditions of employees, irrespective of full-time, part-time or under a subcontract

          Referenzdokumente:

          Criteria for production sites, p. 7

        • Do the standard's rights and benefits for workers also apply to sub-contracted labour?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
        • Does the standard include criteria on the establishment of labour contracts compliant with national legal requirements?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          bluesign® SYSTEM PARTNER shall establish clear employment relationships by providing a written employment contract to each employee and shall work against corruption in all its forms.

          Referenzdokumente:

          Criteria for production sites, p. 6

      • Labour Rights Management
        0/100
        • Does the standard include requirements on setting up policies or procedures to manage basic labour rights in the workplace?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
    • Answer:
      Score: 0/100
      Possible answers
    • Answer:
      Score: 0/100
      Possible answers
    • Health and Safety
      75/100
      • Workers Health
        71/100
        • Does the standard include criteria on occupational health and safety, as defined in ILO 155?
          Answer: partial compliance with ILO 155
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 70/100
          Possible answers
          • partial compliance with ILO 155 (70 points)
          • full compliance with ILO 155 (100 points)

          Excerpt from standard:

          Workers at production sites can be exposed to dangerous workplace situations characterized by the handling of hazardous substances or other dangerous processes. Statistics of accident insurers and the International Labour Organization (ILO) list numerous occupational accidents, diseases and even fatal accidents for industrial operations in every country. The workplace situation is largely defined by the employer. It is an essential duty of a bluesign® SYSTEM PARTNER to provide a safe workplace for the employees, which requires continual and systematic actions in the framework of a company OH&S program, and to ensure compliance with ILO fundamental principles and rights at work.[...] During a bluesign COMPANY ASSESSMENT principles of the ILO convention 155 are evaluated in all details. OH&S risk assessments are important tools to identify hazards (potential to cause harm) and risks (combination of the likelihood of a hazardous event or exposure to hazard and the severity of the outcome) and ultimately decide if a workplace is safe. An OH&S risk assessment is a structured, dynamic and documented approach to be conducted by a competent person (internal/external) with the following main steps: ◼ Hazard identification (chemical/health, physical, biological, psychosocial) ◼ Assessment of the likelihood of potential hazardous events ◼ Assessment of the severity of potential hazardous events ◼ Concluding assessment of risk ◼ Derivation and definition of improvement measures ◼ Re-assessment (after improvements/changes and at regular intervals). A bluesign® SYSTEM PARTNER is responsible for carrying out occupational health risk assessments and for establishing, if necessary, measuring programs to identify possible risks related to the release of hazardous substances or the threat of mechanical hazards to people and the workplace. In case of a potential risk, operation instructions and self-explanatory safety instructions with pictograms shall be posted at relevant work areas, appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) shall be available and used when needed, and workers shall be educated and trained. [...] The effectiveness of providing a safe workplace for the worker is in descending order: ◼ Substitution: Replacing hazardous processes, materials, chemicals, etc. by less hazardous counterparts, e.g. replacing a solvent based formulation by a water-based formulation ◼ Technical: Technical measures engineering controls, separating people from hazards, collective protective measures, e.g. housing or local exhaust ventilation. ◼ Org: Organizational measures administrative controls to reduce the exposure of employees to hazards, e.g. instructions, changes of work organization, training ◼ PPE: Personal Protective Equipment : providing suitable PPE to workers and training them to use and maintain it properly. Application of PPE shall be the last resort. [...] For employees which work with chemicals, the system partner shall apply the following measures: ◼ Provide initial training on chemicals hazards and correct handling (document participation and success) ◼ Provide appropriate and suitable PPE and training for correct use (including work clothing) ◼ Supervise the use of PPE ◼ Where solid substances in powder form are handled (dyestuffs, reducing agents, etc.), appropriate precautions to minimize dust concentration at the workplace shall be installed ◼ If sensitizing substances are handled, skin contact and inhalation of the substances shall be strictly avoided ◼ Train employees on how to classify, collect and dispose of hazardous waste resulting from operations A bluesign® SYSTEM PARTNER shall: ◼ Meet local/national OH&S requirements ◼ Clearly define OH&S responsibilities ◼ Provide initial OH&S training for the employees ◼ Keep detailed statistics and documentation of occupational health related incidents (near miss cases) and accidents ◼ Use this information in workplace risk assessments ◼ Create work instructions/SOPs including OH&S relevant aspects ◼ Use suitable pictograms for warnings and instructions to workers (e.g. ISO 7010 pictograms) ◼ Follow up every severe incident ◼ Conduct workplace atmosphere monitoring for relevant airborne hazardous substances ◼ Involve workers in the OH&S program ◼ Continually improve OH&S performance with the ultimate goal of zero incidents and occupational illnesses ◼ Demonstrate the integrity of building structures by means of compliance to local regulation or special expert assessments

          Referenzdokumente:

          Criteria for production sites, p. 24, and Rating matrix, p. 14-16

        • Does the standard include requirements on workplace conditions?
          Answer: yes, some
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 50/100
          Possible answers
          • yes, some (50 points)
          • yes, all (100 points)

          Excerpt from standard:

          workplace noise (p. 15, rating matrix) A bluesign SYSTEM PARTNER shall: ◼ Identify possible risks regarding the release of hazardous substances to the workplace and, if necessary, establish measuring programs. If measured values are close or exceed national limits or the limits set by BLUESIGN, appropriate improvement actions (regarding the hierarchy of controls, see Chapter 12.3) shall be initiated. The limits defined by BLUESIGN can be found in the Guidance sheet - Occupational Exposure Limits ◼ provide sufficient lighting of work areas to allow safe performance of production activities ◼ Determine noise relevant work areas ◼ Establish a noise register (including regular updates and updates in case of changes in production machinery) ◼ Noise protection areas shall be marked in an appropriate way (pictograms) ◼ Above a noise level of 80 dB(A), appropriate hearing protection shall be available. ◼ Above a noise level of 85 dB(A), hearing protection is mandatory.

          Referenzdokumente:

          Bluesign® CRITERIA for production sites Page 26; Rating matrix, p.15

        • Does the standard require policies and procedures to manage health and safety in the workplace?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          A system partner is responsible for carrying out occupational health assessments and for establishing, if necessary, measuring programs to identify possible risks related to the release of hazardous substances or the threat of mechanical hazards to people and workplace. In case of a potential risk, operation instructions and self-explanatory safety instructions with pictograms shall be posted at relevant working areas, appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) shall be available and used when needed and workers shall be educated and trained.

          Referenzdokumente:

          11) Occupational Health and Safety

      • Access to Medical Services
        0/100
        • Does the standard include criteria on the access to basic medical services for workers?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
          • only treatment of acute work-related accidents / illness (70 points)
          • work-related accidents plus preventative care (100 points)
        • Does the standard require compensation payments/ covering of costs in case of work related accidents and injuries?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
          • partial coverage of costs (50 points)
          • full coverage of costs (90 points)
          • compensation (100 points)
      • Sanitation
        63/100
        • Does the standard require that workers have access to safe drinking water?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          A bluesign® SYSTEM PARTNER shall ensure that water for potable purposes complies with national and local hygiene and quality standards; if no standards are defined, the WHO Guidelines for drinking water quality shall be observed

          Referenzdokumente:

          Page 11

        • Does the standard require access to clean and improved sanitation facilities?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Recommended
          Score: 25/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          Maintenance of a production site shall be ensured in all cases. Facilities and installations shall be checked regularly, and in case of an incident or a malfunction (leakage, spill, etc.), remedial maintenance shall be performed. Maintenance activities shall apply to: [...]◼ Sanitary facilities [...]

          Referenzdokumente:

          Page 10

      • Building and Fire Safety
        100/100
        • Does the standard include criteria on building safety?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          A bluesign® SYSTEM PARTNER shall demonstrate the integrity of building structures by means of compliance to local regulation or special expert assessments. In order to measure identified detailed risk assessments as required by local regulations, a system partner shall in particular and in addition inspect building structures regularlyto ensure their proper functioning and maintenance.[...] Maintenance of a production site shall be ensured in all cases. Facilities and installations shall be checked regularly, and in case of an incident or a malfunction (leakage, spill, etc.), remedial maintenance shall be performed. Maintenance activities shall apply to: ◼ General facilities (production area, offices, laboratory) ◼ Machinery and equipment ◼ Storage areas ◼ Pipes, tanks and floorings ◼ Prevention of leaks ◼ Electrical installations ◼ Sanitary facilities ◼ Emergency systems ◼ Sensors, measuring and metering devices ◼ Prevention of unnecessary emissions

          Referenzdokumente:

          10, 24, 26

        • Does the standard cover fire-preparedness?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          A bluesign® SYSTEM PARTNER shall establish, implement and maintain procedures for response to potential emergency situations and potential accidents that can have an impact on the environment and the employees. A bluesign® SYSTEM PARTNER shall regularly test such procedures where practicable. Employees shall be regularly trained on all aspects concerning potential emergency cases. [...] The following equipment, installations and organizational precautions shall be established: ◼ Competent and officially certified first aiders (at least 5% of the employees; for manufacturing companies and departments 10% should be the goal; shift coverage shall be regarded) ◼ Emergency medical and personal information records of all employees ◼ First aid equipment (including special precautions (e.g. specific antidotes) if applicable) ◼ Appropriate fire extinguishers (regularly maintained) ◼ Fire hoses and sprinkler systems where appropriate ◼ Eye wash and emergency shower installations ◼ Spill kits (sorbent booms, absorbent material) ◼ Emergency exits (unblocked, unlocked, at least 2 per work area; panic proof where many people need to exit) ◼ Emergency lighting systems ◼ Alarm systems (smoke and fire detection, acoustic alarm system, visual alarm system) ◼ Assembly points ◼ Fire protection plans ◼ Evacuation plans ◼ Special protective equipment for hazardous material incidents ◼ Explosion protection ◼ Accident and incident records and statistics

          Referenzdokumente:

          Bluesign® CRITERIA for production sites - Page 28-29

        • Does the standard include criteria on evacuation safety?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          The following equipment, installations and organizational requirements shall be established: (...) Evacuation plans (...).

          Referenzdokumente:

          13) Emergency Preparedness

      • Prohibition of Harassment and Abuse (manufacturing stage)
        100/100
        • Does the standard prohibit harassment or abuse of workers?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          Generally, all bluesign® SYSTEM PARTNERS shall prohibit all forms of physical and verbal abuse, intimidation, sexual harassment and abusive punishment or disciplinary measures. A bluesign® SYSTEM PARTNER shall establish clear employment relationships by providing a written employment contract to each employee and shall work against corruption in all its forms. Further, a bluesign® SYSTEM PARTNER shall confirm, by agreement, compliance with the following principles and rights at work from selected International Labour Organization (ILO) conventions: [...]

          Referenzdokumente:

          bluesign® SYSTEM - Page 16; bluesign® CRITERIA for production sites - Page 6

  • Business Practice and Ethical Issues
    Legality and ethics in business practice
    33/100
    • Economic Development and Fair Business Practice
      29/100
      • Economic Sustainability
        28/100
        • Does the standard include criteria on the provision of professional training for workers?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
        • Does the standard include criteria on business viability?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
        • Does the standard include criteria on management plans for continuous improvement?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Recommended
          Score: 25/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          quality and environmental management are regularely assessed, improvement is recommended

          Referenzdokumente:

          Bluesign system, p. 6

        • Does the standard include criteria on improving productivity?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          Resource productivity goes hand in hand with financial productivity. In the framework of the eKPI ASSESSMENT resource saving potentials (RSP) and cost saving potentials (CSP) are evaluated both. In addition productivity calculations are done regarding the use of chemicals (e.g. gram dyestuff per kg of dyed textile - similar to the example of kg fertilizer per kg crop per unit...) [REFERENCE: eKPI ASSESSMENT report template]

          Referenzdokumente:

          eKPI ASSESSMENT

      • Legality
        40/100
        • Does the standard include a requirement for compliance with relevant local, regional and national laws and regulations?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          All bluesign SYSTEM PARTNER have to maintain a legal program including all required permits for operation of the production unit such as business license, wastewater discharge permit, hazardous material & waste permits, etc.. As a minimum requirement, the bluesign® SYSTEM PARTNER shall comply with applicable local and national labor legislation and other legislation in the fields of social standards (e.g. minimum wage, maternity protection), Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S), environment and consumer safety. Therefore, awareness and understanding of these requirements, as well as an overview with regard to current laws and regulations, should be systematically addressed by the management system. Valid permits shall be available at the site. Legally binding requirements that are stronger or more detailed than the bluesign® CRITERIA will supersede these, and vice versa.

          Referenzdokumente:

          Bluesign® criteria for production sites - Page 5 Audit Evaluation Tool - key 151,152,154

        • Does the standard include criteria on business legality?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          All bluesign SYSTEM PARTNER have to maintain a legal program including all required permits for operation of the production unit such as business license, wastewater discharge permit, hazardous material & waste permits, etc..

          Referenzdokumente:

          Criteria for production sites, p. 5

      • Responsible Sourcing Practices
        3/100
        • Does the standard include criteria on price premiums?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
        • Does the standard's rights and benefits for workers also apply to input suppliers?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Recommended
          Score: 25/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          A proactive strategy for clean and transparent production shall be promoted. This requires systematic and ongoing effort for continual improvement. The way towards sustainable production cannot and should not be taken alone collaboration of the entire supply chain network is necessary to minimize the product's life cycle impact.

          Referenzdokumente:

          bluesign® CRITERIA for production sites - Page 5

        • Does the standard include criteria on reducing time pressure for suppliers?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

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    • Corruption and Bribery
      50/100
      • Does the standard include criteria on the prevention of corruption and bribery?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers

        Excerpt from standard:

        Generally, all bluesign® SYSTEM PARTNERS shall prohibit all forms of physical and verbal abuse, intimidation, sexual harassment and abusive punishment or disciplinary measures. A bluesign® SYSTEM PARTNER shall establish clear employment relationships by providing a written employment contract to each employee and shall work against corruption in all its forms.

        Referenzdokumente:

        Criteria for production sites, p. 6

      • Does the standard include criteria on conducting a due diligence assessment of business partners, including subsidiaries and contractors?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
      • Does the standard include criteria on training workers in positions of responsibility workers on issues of corruption and bribery?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
  • Social & Cultural Rights and Community Engagement
    Basic economic, social and cultural rights
    0/100
    • Social and Cultural Rights
      0/100
      • Local Economic Development
        0/100
        • Does the standard include criteria relating to a preference to purchase local materials, goods, products and services?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
        • Does the standard include criteria relating to hiring workers from local communities?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered