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Materials and products that meet the Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard requirements may achieve Cradle to Cradle certification. The Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard assesses the safety, circularity and responsibility of materials and products across five categories of sustainability performance: material health, product circularity, clean air and climate protection, water and soil stewardship, and social fairness. To earn product certification, companies must work with an independent third-party assessor to determine a product's achievement levels across the five sustainability performance categories. The product is then assigned an achievement level for each category (Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum).
The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute is dedicated to powering the circular economy through products and systems that have a positive impact on people and planet. Through the Cradle to Cradle Certified Products Program, the Institute sets the global standard for products that are safe, circular and responsibly made. Cradle to Cradle Certified is used by future-focused designers, brands, retailers and manufacturers across the value chain to innovate and optimize materials, products, packaging and systems according to the world's most advanced science-based measures for material health, product circularity, clean air and climate protection, water and soil stewardship, and social fairness. The Institute also powers the global shift to a circular economy through partnerships and collaborative initiatives that equip businesses, governments and other stakeholders with the strategic roadmaps, technical frameworks and future knowledge they need to transform the way products are designed and made. The Institute is headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and San Francisco California.
The lowest level of achievement among the five categories determines the product's overall certification level awarded by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute. By awarding certification on the basis of ascending achievement levels and requiring certification renewal every two years, the Institute encourages and rewards continuous improvement towards positive impacts over time. Certified products are listed in the publicly available Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Registry at https://www.c2ccertified.org/products/registry.

Cred­ib­il­ity 85%

  • 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
    78/100
    • Governance
      86/100
      • 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)

        Source:

        'The Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Product Standard is governed by an independent Certification Standards Board (CSB). The CSB is an 11 member Board composed of leaders from industry, topical experts, and other stakeholders, and is chaired by the Institute's Vice President of Science and Certification. The CSB is tasked with revising and updating the standard and adjudicating appeals related to product certification, as necessary.' http://www.c2ccertified.org/get-certified/standards-development http://www.c2ccertified.org/the-team

      • 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)

        Source:

        'They gifted a license to the certification system and methodology to the public through the creation of the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute. The non-profit Institute is an agent of change through open source information.' http://www.c2ccertified.org/about

      • 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: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (100 points)

        Source:

        Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute Certification Standards Board Bylaws, p.2 t is the intention that no single stakeholder group will represent a majority of the CSB.'

      • 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:

        C2C Audited financials 2014

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

        Source:

        C2C Certification Scheme, p.3, 4. Role of scheme owner 'Manage the C2CPII Quality System to ensure alignment of the Cradle to Cradle certification process with ISO guides and standards.' http://s3.amazonaws.com/c2c-website/resources/certification/policy/POL_Cert_Scheme_V1.1_033015.pdf

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

        Source:

        'The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, a non-profit organization... is governed by an independent board of directors and is led by Bridgett Luther, former director of the California Department of Conservation... Bridge funding for the Institute’s work is provided by foundations and individuals who share common values and hope for the future. Self-sustaining revenues will result from training programs and certification and licensing fees. http://www.c2ccertified.org/about

      • 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 purpose of the product certification program is to improve the way we make, use, and re-use things recognizing two metabolisms, the biological metabolism and the technical metabolism, with a goal to leave a beneficial footprint for human society and the environment. The aim is to set a positive course for product and process design and development in a way that will allow natural and technical systems, products, and processes to support the diverse living population on earth. Cradle to Cradle design mirrors the healthy, regenerative productivity of nature' C2C V3.0.1, p.2 http://s3.amazonaws.com/c2c-website/resources/certification/standard/C2CCertified_Product_Standard_V3_Amended_Nov2015.pdf

      • Does the scheme owner have a strategy for meeting its sustainability-oriented goals and objectives?
        Answer: Yes publicly
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (on request) (70 points)
        • Yes publicly (100 points)

        Source:

        C2C V3.0.1 e.g. p. 4,15, etc. Different strategies for meeting requirements of certification categories can also be found in the document. http://s3.amazonaws.com/c2c-website/resources/certification/standard/C2CCertified_Product_Standard_V3_Amended_Nov2015.pdf

    • Impact
      100/100
    • Supporting Strategies
      34/100
      • 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: No
        Score: 0/100
        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
    82/100
  • Assurance
    Mechanisms for assessment of compliance with the standard
    85/100
    • Assurance System
      88/100
      • 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)
      • 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)
      • Does the scheme owner require CABs to have an assessment fee schedule?
        Answer: Yes publicly avilable
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes available on request (70 points)
        • Yes publicly avilable (100 points)

        Source:

        'Review of a prospective client’s application shall lead the CB to provide a proposal, sufficient in detail to give the client guidance regarding the procedure, duration, and cost of the audit.' C2C Certification Scheme http://s3.amazonaws.com/c2c-website/resources/certification/policy/POL_Cert_Scheme_V1.1_033015.pdf

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

        Source:

        '5.6.5 AB has a complaint and appeals policy that meets the requirements of the C2CPII.' C2C AB Accreditation Policy, p. 6 http://s3.amazonaws.com/c2c-website/resources/certification/policy/POL_AB_Accred_Policy_V1.2__071715.pdf

      • 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?
      • 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 Manual, 5.6 C2C also has Accreditation Manuals for Assessment Bodies and Certification Bodies operating within its scheme.

      • 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: Yes incl. scope of certificate or license
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Yes (70 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes incl. scope of certificate or license (100 points)
      • 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)
      • 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)

        Source:

        '5.2.4 Operational Oversight: The Certification Scheme Owner shall provide ongoing oversight of CB and AB activities. Guidance, performance audits, and review of assessment practices to ensure uniform application of the standard shall be part of this oversight.' C2C Certification Scheme, p.5 http://s3.amazonaws.com/c2c-website/resources/certification/policy/POL_Cert_Scheme_V1.1_033015.pdf

      • 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:

        Policy for Maintenance of the C2C Standard: 8.2.7 The limited revised version of the standard shall be announced, posted, and When the standard is updated or revised, notice is given. Periodic Guidance is also issued

      • 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)

        Source:

        'The certification process recognizes transition and human intention as part of any successful protocol for continuous product improvement...The goal of continuous improvement is not “zero” or simply reducing the human and environmental impact of a product, but instead combines the progressive reduction of “bad” with the increase in “good.”' http://www.c2ccertified.org/get-certified/levels

      • Does the scheme owner have a documented assessment methodology for CABs that are assessing chain of custody?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • yes publicly available (100 points)
        • yes available on request (70 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
    • Conformity Assessment
      83/100
      • 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:

          'Product assessments are performed by a qualified independent organization trained by the Institute. ' http://www.c2ccertified.org/get-certified/product-certification 'The Institute administers a unique multi-attribute, third-party product certification program.' http://www.c2ccertified.org/get-certified/product-certification-process

        • 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)
        • 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:

          3.3 Certification Body (CB): An entity accredited by the C2CPII to perform conformity audits, render certification decisions, and issue certificates based on the Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard in accordance with the principles of ISO 17065. 6 RESPONSIBILITIES of CERTIFICATION BODIES 6.4.2 Surveillance ...does cover addressing certification requirements for continual improvement during the certification period and the monitoring of resolutions of Non-Conformance Reports (NCR) and Opportunities for Improvement (OFI) contained in the certification report. ... 6.5 Scope Change, Suspension, Withdrawal, and Refusal of Certification C2C Certification Scheme, p.2, 7 http://s3.amazonaws.com/c2c-website/resources/certification/policy/POL_Cert_Scheme_V1.1_033015.pdf

      • Sustainability Audits
        67/100
        • 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: 1-2 years
          Score: 100/100
          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:

          'Every two years, work with the assessor and supply chain to gather new data for re-certification' http://www.c2ccertified.org/get-certified/product-certification-process

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

          'A facility level audit is completed by a third party against an internationally recognized social responsibility program ... A site visit of the final manufacturing facility or facilities is to be completed to verify the data submitted for assessment.' C2C V3.0.1, p.84, 88 http://s3.amazonaws.com/c2c-website/resources/certification/standard/C2CCertified_Product_Standard_V3_Amended_Nov2015.pdf

        • 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:

          'At a minimum, the management procedures must include a draft supply chain code of conduct to be integrated into supplier contracts, that ...allows for unannounced audits' C2C V3.0.1, p.79 http://s3.amazonaws.com/c2c-website/resources/certification/standard/C2CCertified_Product_Standard_V3_Amended_Nov2015.pdf

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

          Assessment Summary Report Form

        • 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:

          'Individual AB staff or contractors shall not perform any of the CB functions on any project that they also engage in assessment activity. AB staff and contractors may not perform work that entails direct involvement with the certification decision, or crosses the boundary delineated in ISO 17065 between CB and AB' C2C Certification Scheme, p.9 http://s3.amazonaws.com/c2c-website/resources/certification/policy/POL_Cert_Scheme_V1.1_033015.pdf

        • 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
        100/100
        • Does the scheme owner require CoC CABs to be compliant with ISO/IEC 17020, ISO/IEC 17021, or ISO/IEC 17065 or equivalent?
          Answer: Not Applicable
          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: Not Applicable
          Possible answers
          • 1st party (0 points)
          • 2nd party (70 points)
          • 3rd party (100 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
        • What type of activities are CoC CABs required to undertake during a full CoC assessment?
          Answer: Not Applicable
          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)
        • 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: Not Applicable
          Possible answers
          • Yes (100 points)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
      • 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 conducting the analytical testing of recycled content must be certified to ISO 17025 and experienced in materials analysis.' C2C V3.0.1, p.28 http://s3.amazonaws.com/c2c-website/resources/certification/standard/C2CCertified_Product_Standard_V3_Amended_Nov2015.pdf

        • 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:

          "C2C Certified Product Standard: 3.9 ""To demonstrate compliance with emissions standards, a product must comply with the following requirements: 1. One of the following test methods to quantify emissions has been used: a. ASTM D5116 for small chamber or equivalent. b. EU standard. c. ASTM D6670 for large chamber or equivalent EU standard. d. ANSI/BIFMA M7.1 for office furniture or equivalent EU standard. e. ISO 16000 series for VOCs 2. One of the following loading scenarios to quantify emissions has been used: a. ANSI/BIFMA M7.1 for office furniture. b. California Department of Health Services section 01350 for all other prod" Whenever laboratory testing is required by the standard, the methods specified contain sampling and testing conditions.

        • 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:

          '5.2 The annual surveillance may reveal issues that would impact a certification’s validity ... 5.3 If warranted by discovery, the CB will take appropriate action in accordance with the requirements of the standard. 5.3.1 Issue a NCR. 5.3.2 Change certification level. 5.3.3 Void certification and de-list product.' C2C Compliance Policy, p.3 http://s3.amazonaws.com/c2c-website/resources/certification/policy/POL_Compliance_v1.3_051115.pdf

    • 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:

        Policy for Accrediting Assessment Bodies 5.3.1 Added based on the role the Assessment Bodies play in the Cert Scheme. Assessment Bodies perform a function necessary for the Certifying Body to perform certification decision functions, but are not part of the CB.

      • 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:

        Policy for Accrediting Assessment Bodies 5.3.1 Added based on the role the Assessment Bodies play in the Cert Scheme. Assessment Bodies perform a function necessary for the Certifying Body to perform certification decision functions, but are not part of the CB.

      • 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:

        "Certification Scheme 7.2.6 'AB Provisional Accreditation: The Certification Scheme Owner will develop general and individuated plans for ABs to become accredited to conduct materials assessments. An AB seeking accreditation to conduct materials assessments cannot attain full accreditation until it has conducted standard assessments under the guidance of the C2CPII.'" Added based on the role the Assessment Bodies play in the Cert Scheme. Assessment Bodies perform a function necessary for the Certifying Body to perform certification decision functions, but are not part of the CB.

      • 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:

        C2C Policy for Accrediting Assessment Bodies 5.3.1: Assessor Agreement

      • 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:

        "Policy for Accrediting Assessment Bodies 5.3.1, p.7 'Continuing education: All personnel conducting Cradle to Cradle Certified product assessments must meet the continuing education requirements established by the C2CPII'"

      • 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)

        Source:

        "Assessor Agreement, p.2 '4.2.1 Termination for Cause. C2CPII may terminate the AB’s Services for Cause at any time. The following shall constitute “Cause” for such termination: 4.2.1.1 Continual or deliberate neglect by AB in the performance of its material duties and responsibilities"""

    • Accreditation / Oversight
      85/100
      • Does the scheme require a documented accreditation or oversight mechanism?
        Answer: Yes publicly available
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes available on request (70 points)
        • Yes publicly available (100 points)

        Source:

        C2C AB Accreditation Policy http://s3.amazonaws.com/c2c-website/resources/certification/policy/POL_AB_Accred_Policy_V1.2__071715.pdf Accreditation/oversight is done internally by the C2C Products Innovation Institute (C2CPII)

      • 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)

        Source:

        Not applicable because there is no external AB scheme owner = AB

      • Is the accreditation or oversight body independent from the scheme owner?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        scheme owner = AB

      • How often do assurance providers undergo a full accreditation or oversight assessment?
        Answer: 2-3 years
        Score: 80/100
        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:

        "C2C Assessor Agreement, p.2 'Following the initial two-year Term, this Agreement shall renew upon the same terms and conditions for successive one-year renewal Terms'"

      • Is the frequency of an accreditation or oversight assessment based in part on a risk assessment of the client?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/100
        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?
      • Does the scheme owner accept CABs that are accredited/accepted by ABs to similar or generic scopes (proxy accreditation)?
        Answer: No
        Score: 100/100
        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:

        scheme owner = AB

      • 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)

        Source:

        scheme owner = AB

      • 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: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (100 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        6 ACCREDITATION AUDIT PROCESS C2C AB Accreditation Policy, p.6-7 http://s3.amazonaws.com/c2c-website/resources/certification/policy/POL_AB_Accred_Policy_V1.2__071715.pdf

      • 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: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (100 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        'The Certification Scheme Owner shall provide ongoing oversight of CB and AB activities. Guidance, performance audits, and review of assessment practices' C2C Certification Scheme, p.5 http://s3.amazonaws.com/c2c-website/resources/certification/policy/POL_Cert_Scheme_V1.1_033015.pdf

  • Claims & Traceability
    Claims and labelling policy and chain of custody
    95/100
    • Traceability
      100/100
      • Does the scheme owner have a documented Chain of Custody standard or other traceability requirements?
        Answer: Yes publicly available
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes available on request (70 points)
        • Yes publicly available (100 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        e.g. 'For each homogeneous material identified in the product, gather supplier declarations stating that Banned List chemicals have not been intentionally added at >0.1% (>1000 ppm)' C2C V3.0.1, p.21 http://s3.amazonaws.com/c2c-website/resources/certification/standard/C2CCertified_Product_Standard_V3_Amended_Nov2015.pdf

      • In terms of the level of traceability, which is the least strict CoC model that the scheme allows?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • Segregation (100 points)
        • Mass Balance (70 points)
        • Certificate Trading (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Are there any CoC requirements for non-certified material, in case mixing of certified with uncertified inputs is allowed?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • 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: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Are companies required to keep CoC records for at least the term of certificate validity?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme have a traceability system that enables checking of product flow between links of the supply chain?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
    • 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:

        'If only the packaging materials or a specific part of a product is certified, the licensee must specifically identify the certified element' Trademark Use Guidelines, p.5 http://s3.amazonaws.com/c2c-website/resources/media_kit/marketing_guidance/POL_Trademark_Use_Guidelines_20140721.pdf

      • 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: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • 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:

        Should be yes. C2C has a Trademark Use and Surveillance Policy, V1.0, January 2016

      • Does the scheme require different claims depending on the percentage of certified / verified content in a product?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • 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: Not Applicable
        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)
      • What is the minimum percentage of certified / verified material in a composite product for a claim to be allowed for that product?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        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)
      • 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:

        Should be yes. C2C has a Trademark Use and Surveillance Policy, V1.0, January 2016


En­vir­on­ment 59%

  • 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
    63/100
    • Chemical Use
      62/100
      • 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:

        'Material Health Requirements...The product is 100% characterized by its generic materials...A phase-out or optimization strategy has been developed for those materials withan X rating.'

        Referenzdokumente:

        p.17

      • 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:

        'These following lists contain those chemicals and substances that are banned for use inCradle to Cradle CertifiedCM products'

        Referenzdokumente:

        e.g. p.2,3

      • Does the standard include criteria on the use of biocides in the finishing process?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Restrict use (50 points)
        • Prohibit use (100 points)
      • 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:

        'Individually detected chemicals must not be detectable (detection limits must be < 9.0µg/m3 for formaldehyde'

        Referenzdokumente:

        p.48

      • Does the standard include criteria on the use of nanomaterials?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Restrict use (50 points)
        • Prohibit use (100 points)
      • 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:

        'If applying for levels above Basic, detection limits of <100 ppm are needed for ...flame retardants, and halogenated polymers'

        Referenzdokumente:

        p.29, 112, 113

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

        Excerpt from standard:

        'Materials in a product must be assessed using the ABC-X rating system...Rapidly degradable: Readily biodegradable based on OECD guidelines (301). In cases wherematerials are not generally known to be inherently biodegradable, testing may be required toreceive this designation. '

        Referenzdokumente:

        p.35

      • 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)

        Referenzdokumente:

        paraphrasing here because this is part of the assessment critiria table and doesn't lend itself to direct quotes: If a substance is listed as H400, H410, or H411 it recieves a 'RED' hazard for aquatic toxicity, which means that it must be phased out from applications with potential exposure to aquatic environments and is not allowed for such applications in GOLD level products.

      • 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: 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)

        Referenzdokumente:

        paraphrasing here because this is part of the assessment critiria table and doesn't lend itself to direct quotes: If a substance is listed as H300, H310, H330, H340, H341, H350, H351, H360, H361, H370, or H371 it recieves a 'RED' hazard in one of several human health endpoints which means that it must be phased out from applications with potential exposure to humans or the environments and is not allowed for such applications in GOLD level products.

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

        Referenzdokumente:

        The thresholds for metals in BN materials are 2 ppm for cadmium, 90 ppm for lead, 100 ppm for chromium, 1 ppm for mercury, and 10 ppm for arsenic.', 'Materials subject to analytical testing are those containing recycled content from undefined sources (i.e., most post-consumer sources) for which full chemical ingredient data cannot be gathered and/or contamination is suspected. At a minimum, testing is to be done as described in Section 3.3.1 to determine the absence of Banned List chemicals above the allowable thresholds.', 'For polymers, the residual monomer concentrations must be reported in cases where the monomers are ‘x’ assessed or on the Banned Lists (e.g., PFOA and PFOS concentrations must be reported for materials containing PTFE). Analytical testing to determine the monomer concentration in the material is required if the monomer concentration cannot be obtained from existing information.'

    • Handling of Hazardous Substances
      75/100
      • 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:

        'All process chemicals have been assessed and none have been assessed as X.'

        Referenzdokumente:

        p.17

      • 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:

        'All process chemicals have been assessed and none have been assessed as X.'

        Referenzdokumente:

        p.17

      • 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:

        'All process chemicals have been assessed and none have been assessed as X.'

        Referenzdokumente:

        p.17

      • Does the standard include criteria on specific procedures/controls to deal with pollution incidents (to mitigate environmental impacts)?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
  • Water
    Water usage and wastewater treatment
    80/100
    • 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:

        'A facility-wide water audit is completed...The intent of this requirement is to assist manufacturers with understanding the amount of waterused to manufacture the product and identifying opportunities for reduction in use.'

        Referenzdokumente:

        p.70

    • Wastewater
      76/100
      • 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:

        'All water leaving the manufacturing facility meets drinking water quality standards.'

        Referenzdokumente:

        p.75

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

        Excerpt from standard:

        'Conduct a facility-wide water audit that includes the following information:...Total consumption per year due to evaporation and/or incorporation into the product.Consumption = Total Withdrawals – Total Discharge (include units/year) '

        Referenzdokumente:

        p.70

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

        Excerpt from standard:

        'All water leaving the manufacturing facility meets drinking water quality standards.'

        Referenzdokumente:

        p.75

      • 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:

        'All water leaving the manufacturing facility meets drinking water quality standards.'

        Referenzdokumente:

        p.75

  • Inputs
    Requirements on the materials used in the final product
    42/100
    • Fibres
      42/100
      • 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:

        guidance for assessment of biological materials will be published in the coming weeks and will include clarificaitons and detailed description of current requirements for agrochemical testing by assessors

      • 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 function each chemical or chemical mixture serves within the material or product (i.e., resin, main polymer, catalyst, antioxidant, UV stabilizer, pigment, impurity, etc.; note this information is useful to have when conducting assessments but is not required).' '...textile auxiliaries, paper bleaching agents, and plating chemistry are subject to review at any concentration level when the part these are relevant to is itself present at ≥0.01% in the product.'

      • Does the standard include criteria on the usage of recycled material?
        Answer: Use of recycled material in product
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 100/100
        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:

        'The product is actively being recovered and cycled in a technical or biologicalmetabolism.'

        Referenzdokumente:

        p.49

  • Quality
    Usability und durability of products
    0/100
    • Quality and Suitability
      0/100
      • Does the standard cover criteria on the quality of textiles?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Less than four aspects are tested (75 points)
        • All four aspects (fastness of rubbing/ perspiration/ light/ washing) are tested (100 points)
  • Energy
    Energy consumption and renewable energy
    100/100
    • Energy Consumption
      100/100
      • Does the standard include criteria on energy consumption in the production phase?
        Answer: Increase efficiency/reduce energy consumption OR increase use of renewables
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 100/100
        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:

        'For the final manufacturing stage of the product, >100% of purchased electricity isrenewably sourced or offset with renewable energy projects...The embodied energy associated with the product from Cradle to Gate is characterized and quantified, and a strategy to optimize is developed.'

        Referenzdokumente:

        p.54

  • Waste & Air Pollution
    Reduction and management of waste and air pollutants
    54/100
    • Waste Production
      93/100
      • Does the standard include criteria on volumes of waste?
        Answer: Reduce volumes of waste
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Monitor volumes of waste over time (50 points)
        • Reduce volumes of waste (100 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        'This category of theprogram is intended to create incentives for industry to eliminate the concept of “waste” bydesigning products with materials that may be perpetually cycled'

        Referenzdokumente:

        p.49

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

        Excerpt from standard:

        'The product is actively being recovered and cycled in a technical or biological metabolism...The intent of this requirement is to ensure that manufacturers are actively recovering and recyclingthe product and thus working towards the goal of eliminating the concept of waste.

        Referenzdokumente:

        p.51

      • Does the standard include criteria on toxicity of waste?
        Answer: Reduce and/or treat toxic waste
        Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
        Score: 75/100
        Possible answers
        • Document toxic waste (25 points)
        • Reduce and/or treat toxic waste (100 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        'The review for Material Health generates material assessment ratings based on the hazards ofchemicals in products and their relative routes of exposure during the intended (and highly likelyunintended) use and end-of-use product phases. The ultimate goal is for all products to bemanufactured using only those materials that have been optimized and do not contain any X orGrey assessed materials. '

        Referenzdokumente:

        p,17

    • Waste Management
      35/100
      • Does the standard include criteria on waste management in the production phase?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers

        Excerpt from standard:

        'A significant focus of Cradle to Cradle® as a product design framework is to promote the creation of an optimized materials economy that eliminates the concept of “waste.”...TheProgram challenges companies to take more responsibility for creating the infrastructure andsystems necessary for recovering and recycling materials'

        Referenzdokumente:

        p.49

      • Does the standard include criteria on waste segregation?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
      • Does the standard include criteria on safe disposal of hazardous waste?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
      • Does the standard include criteria on uncontrolled on-site waste burning?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Restrict waste burning (75 points)
        • Prohibit waste burning (100 points)
      • Does the standard include criteria on uncontrolled waste landfilling?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Restrict waste landfilling (75 points)
        • Prohibit waste landfilling (100 points)
      • Does the standard include criteria on handling or disposal of waste by third parties?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Keep records on third party contractors (25 points)
        • Evaluate third party contractors (in terms of suitability and disposal/treatment methods) (100 points)
    • Air pollution (excl. GHG) & Immission
      40/100
      • Does the standard include criteria on air pollution?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 0/100
        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:

        'The intent of this requirement is to challenge manufacturers to develop a strategy that not onlyincreases renewable energy use and reduces carbon emissions, but also achieves the ultimate goalof using > 100% renewable energy in the final manufacturing stages of the product.'

        Referenzdokumente:

        p.57

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

        Excerpt from standard:

        'The strategy must cover facility level energy use and direct on-site emissions for at least the final manufacturing stage of the product.'

        Referenzdokumente:

        p.57

  • Environmental Management
    Sound environmental management practices
    50/100
    • Environmental Management
      50/100
      • Does the standard include a general criterion on compliance with all relevant local, regional and national environmental laws and regulations?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers

        Excerpt from standard:

        Referenzdokumente:

      • 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:

        'The manufacturer has not received a significant violation of their discharge permit related to the finalmanufacturing stage of the applicant product within the last two years...The following information must be provided to the assessor:...The required documentation to demonstrate regulatory compliance must be submitted with eachapplication for certification'

        Referenzdokumente:

        p. 66

      • 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: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers

        Excerpt from standard:

        'Material ingredient data must be collected to generate ABC-X assessments for each material in aproduct...The intent of this requirement is to assist a manufacturer with understanding the chemicals that arepresent in the product so that they may be assessed for their potential to adversely impact human orenvironmental health.'

        Referenzdokumente:

        p. 31

      • Does the standard include criteria on mitigating negative environmental impacts prior to production/operation?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers

        Excerpt from standard:

        'The short-term actions for product development start with complete identification of the materials and chemicals that make up the product and process inorder to assess them for human and ecological impacts. '

        Referenzdokumente:

        p.3

      • Does the standard include criteria on stakeholder engagement to achieve environmental targets?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Maintain stakeholder lists (25 points)
        • Inform appropriate stakeholders on environmental targets (50 points)
        • Consult appropriate stakeholders to achieve environmental targets (100 points)

So­cio-E­co­nom­ic 1%

  • 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
    0/100
    • Basic Labour Rights
      0/100
      • Child Labour
        0/100
        • Does the standard include criteria on the prohibition of child labour as defined under ILO 138?
          Answer: No
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
        • Does the standard cover requirements on the prevention of worst forms of child labour as defined under ILO 182?
          Answer: No
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
        • Does the standard require that assistance be provided to replaced child workers?
          Answer: No
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
        • Does the standard require verification and documentation of age of (young) workers?
          Answer: No
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
        • Does the standard include criteria on special treatment of young workers?
          Answer: No
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
      • Wages and Benefits
        0/100
        • Does the standard require paying wages sufficient to meet basic needs of the worker and his or her family (living wage)?
          Answer: No
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
        • Does the standard require paying legal minimum wages and social benefits?
          Answer: No
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
        • Does the standard require compensating overtime?
          Answer: No
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
        • Does the standard require paid leave?
          Answer: No
          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
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
          • yes, some (70 points)
          • yes, all (100 points)
      • Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining
        0/100
        • Does the standard include criteria on freedom of association and the right to organize as described in ILO 87?
          Answer: No
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
        • Does the standard include criteria on the right to collective bargaining, as laid down by ILO 98?
          Answer: No
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
        • Does the standard include criteria on the formation of workers representations where freedom of association is restricted by law?
          Answer: No
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
          • allow (90 points)
          • promote (100 points)
        • Does the standard include criteria on worker grievance mechanisms?
          Answer: No
          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
        0/100
        • Does the standard prohibit forced and compulsory labour as defined in ILO 29 and 105?
          Answer: No
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
        • Does the standard include criteria on the freedom of movemenent of employees?
          Answer: No
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
        • Does the standard prohibit the withholding of workers' documents?
          Answer: No
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
      • Gender
        0/100
        • Does the standard include criteria on having policies and/ or processes in place that prevent discrimination of women and men in the workplace?
          Answer: No
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
        • Does the standard address the payment of equal wages as defined in ILO 100?
          Answer: No
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
        • Does the standard include criteria on the right to maternity leave (as defined in ILO 183)?
          Answer: No
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
          • partial compliance (50 points)
          • full compliance (90 points)
          • beyond 183 (100 points)
      • Non-Discrimination
        0/100
        • Does the standard include criteria on the non-discrimination in the workplace, as defined in ILO 111?
          Answer: No
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
        • Does the standard include criteria on the non-discrimination of persons with disabilities?
          Answer: No
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
      • Working Hours
        0/100
        • Does the standard include criteria on working hours, as defined in ILO Convention 1?
          Answer: No
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
      • Scope of Labour Rights
        0/100
        • Do worker's rights and benefits set out by the standard apply to all forms of work?
          Answer: No
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
        • Do the standard's rights and benefits for workers also apply to sub-contracted labour?
          Answer: No
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
        • Does the standard include criteria on the establishment of labour contracts compliant with national legal requirements?
          Answer: No
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
      • 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
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          'Management procedures aiming to address any high or very high risk or opportunity issues that wereidentified in the streamlined self-audit are provided. Demonstration of progress against themanagement plan is required for re-application'

          Referenzdokumente:

          p. 78

    • Answer:
      Score: 0/100
      Possible answers
    • Answer:
      Score: 0/100
      Possible answers
    • Health and Safety
      0/100
      • Workers Health
        0/100
        • Does the standard include criteria on occupational health and safety, as defined in ILO 155?
          Answer: No
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
          • partial compliance with ILO 155 (70 points)
          • full compliance with ILO 155 (100 points)
        • Does the standard include requirements on workplace conditions?
          Answer: No
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
          • yes, some (50 points)
          • yes, all (100 points)
        • Does the standard require policies and procedures to manage health and safety in the workplace?
          Answer: No
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
      • Access to Medical Services
        0/100
        • Does the standard include criteria on the access to basic medical services for workers?
          Answer: No
          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
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
          • partial coverage of costs (50 points)
          • full coverage of costs (90 points)
          • compensation (100 points)
      • Sanitation
        0/100
        • Does the standard require that workers have access to safe drinking water?
          Answer: No
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
        • Does the standard require access to clean and improved sanitation facilities?
          Answer: No
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
      • Building and Fire Safety
        0/100
        • Does the standard include criteria on building safety?
          Answer: No
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
        • Does the standard cover fire-preparedness?
          Answer: No
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
        • Does the standard include criteria on evacuation safety?
          Answer: No
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
      • Prohibition of Harassment and Abuse (manufacturing stage)
        0/100
        • Does the standard prohibit harassment or abuse of workers?
          Answer: No
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
  • Business Practice and Ethical Issues
    Legality and ethics in business practice
    7/100
    • Economic Development and Fair Business Practice
      9/100
      • Economic Sustainability
        30/100
        • Does the standard include criteria on the provision of professional training for workers?
          Answer: No
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
        • Does the standard include criteria on business viability?
          Answer: No
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
        • Does the standard include criteria on management plans for continuous improvement?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          'Because this program is not based on the binary, pass/fail model, but instead incorporates theconcept of continuous improvement, the certification results are split into a 5-Level System of Basic,Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum.'

          Referenzdokumente:

          p. 10, 16

        • Does the standard include criteria on improving productivity?
          Answer: No
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
      • Legality
        0/100
        • Does the standard include a requirement for compliance with relevant local, regional and national laws and regulations?
          Answer: No
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
        • Does the standard include criteria on business legality?
          Answer: No
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
      • Responsible Sourcing Practices
        0/100
        • Does the standard include criteria on price premiums?
          Answer: No
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
        • Does the standard's rights and benefits for workers also apply to input suppliers?
          Answer: No
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
        • Does the standard include criteria on reducing time pressure for suppliers?
          Answer: No
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
    • Corruption and Bribery
      0/100
      • Does the standard include criteria on the prevention of corruption and bribery?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
      • Does the standard include criteria on conducting a due diligence assessment of business partners, including subsidiaries and contractors?
        Answer: No
        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
        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
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
        • Does the standard include criteria relating to hiring workers from local communities?
          Answer: No
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
        • Does the standard include criteria on investment in community development beyond the business' operations?
          Answer: No
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
        • Does the standard include criteria on not adversely affecting local communities and neigboring small producers access to livelihoods (especially land and water)?
          Answer: No
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
      • Community Rights
        0/100
        • Does the standard include criteria on dispute resolution mechanisms for affected communities?
          Answer: No
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
          • grievance mechanism (75 points)
          • +compensation mechanism (100 points)
        • Does the standard include criteria on the protection of local historical, archaeological, cultural, and spiritual properties and sites?
          Answer: No
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
          • protect (75 points)
          • do not impede access (100 points)

Which lifecycle phases are covered by the standard?

Raw materials extraction and production

Cultivation of natural fibers (e.g. cotton) and production of synthetic fibers (e.g. polyester)

Manufacturing

The production and further processing of yarns and fabrics into a finished garment involves many sub-steps (e.g. spinning, weaving and knitting, sewing, tailoring and finishing)

Transportation / distribution

The transport route from one production stage to the next as well as to the end consumer

Products use and consumption

Usage through the owner

End-of-life

Proper disposal of textiles or return of materials to the cycle (recycling)