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Cred­ib­il­ity

En­vir­on­ment

So­cio-E­co­nom­ic

  • Aim/Focus
  • Standard organisation
  • Good to know
The label sets requirements for the entire manufacturing process of the paper. In order to conserve water and air, the use of chemicals is limited. The standard requires at least 70% either recycled and/or certified material, such as FSC and PEFC.
The EU Ecolabel is a voluntary, third party certified Type I, ISO 14024 ecolabel, which was established by the European Commission in 1992. It is implemented by the Commission and the EU Member States. The label is awarded to products and services meeting its environmental standards, and is recognized across Europe and worldwide. The EU Ecolabelling Board (EUEB), composed of representatives of the EU Member States, as well as environmental, consumer and industry associations, trade unions, commerce and small and medium-sized enterprises, contributes to the further development and revision of the EU Ecolabel criteria and reviews the implementation of the scheme. For Germany, the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) and RAL gGmbH have been appointed as the Competent Body at the European Commission.
The label for graphic paper, tissue paper and tissue paper products is based on the Commission Decision (EU) 2019/70. The label for printed products, paper stationery and paper carrier bag products is based on the Commission Decision (EU) 2020/1803. If all requirements are implemented, the paper may be labelled with the EU Ecolabel.

Cred­ib­il­ity 61%

  • Availability of Scheme Structure
  • Independence of Scheme Owner from Certificate Holder
  • Availability of Standard
  • Public Consultation of Standard
  • Standard Review
  • Consistent interpretation of the standard
  • Procedure on Remediation
  • CAB Complaints Mechanism
  • Defined Duration of Certificate / License
  • Scheme Legal Status
  • Level of Conformity Assessment
  • Claims Policy
  • Sources of Finance
  • Standard-Setting Process
  • Stakeholder feedback
  • Assessment Methodology
  • Accredited/Approved CABs
  • Clarity of claims
  • Scheme Management
    10/19
    • Governance
      10/13
      • Does the scheme owner make its organisational structure available?
        Answer: Yes publicly
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • Yes (on request) (1 point)
        • Yes publicly (2 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: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (1 point)

        Source:

        The functioning of the EU Ecolabel is set through a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council. Its daily management is carried out by the European Commission together with bodies from the Member States and other stakeholders. https://ec.europa.eu/environment/ecolabel/the-ecolabel-scheme.html

      • Is there a mechanism by which the top decision-making body members are accountable to all stakeholders?
        Answer: yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (1 point)

        Source:

        Point 7 RULES OF PROCEDURE OF THE GROUP OF EXPERTS E00374 “European Union Ecolabelling Board (EUEB)” Point 2 President (Chair) and vice-President (vice-Chair) 1. The members of the group shall elect its President (Chair) and one vice-President (vice-Chair) by simple majority of its members, for a period up to two years. These appointments will be for named people, not organizations. The maximum number of consecutives mandates of the President and vice-President is two. Opinions of the group 2. In the event of a vote, the outcome of the vote shall be decided by simple majority of the members. The members that have voted against or abstained shall have the right to have a document summarising the reasons for their position annexed to the opinions, recommendations or reports. https://ec.europa.eu/environment/ecolabel/about_ecolabel/pdf/EUEB_rules_procedure.pdf

      • 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: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (1 point)

        Source:

        The functioning of the EU Ecolabel is set through a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council. Its daily management is carried out by the European Commission together with bodies from the Member States and other stakeholders (see Who Does What? section for more information). https://ec.europa.eu/environment/ecolabel/the-ecolabel-scheme.html The European Union Ecolabelling Board (EUEB) is composed of the representatives of the Competent Bodies of the European Union, the Competent Bodies of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway and the representatives of the following organisations: 14 Stakeholder organisations (Type C Members) [...] Stakeholders In the development of the criteria, a balanced participation of all relevant interested parties concerned with a particular product group, such as industry and service providers, including SMEs, crafts and their business organisations, trade unions, traders, retailers, importers, environmental protection groups and consumer organisations has to be guaranteed. [...] https://ec.europa.eu/environment/ecolabel/who-does-what.html

      • Does the scheme owner make quantitative information on the income sources or financing structure of the scheme available?
        Answer: Yes (on request)
        Score: 1/2
        Possible answers
        • Yes (on request) (1 point)
        • Yes publicly (2 points)
        • No (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner have an internal quality management system available?
        Answer: No Information available
        Score: 0/2
        Possible answers
        • Yes (on request) (1 point)
        • Yes publicly (2 points)
        • No (0 points)
      • Is the scheme owner economically independent from the certificate holder?
        Answer: yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (1 point)

        Source:

        Which products and services are eligible? Every product or service supplied for distribution, consumption or use in the European Economic Area market (European Union plus Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway) and included in one of the established non-food and non-medical product groups, is eligible for the EU Ecolabel. https://ec.europa.eu/environment/ecolabel/how-to-apply-for-eu-ecolabel.html

      • Does the scheme owner have sustainability-oriented goals and objectives?
        Answer: yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (1 point)
      • Does the scheme owner have a strategy for meeting its sustainability-oriented goals and objectives?
        Answer: Yes publicly
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (on request) (1 point)
        • Yes publicly (2 points)
    • Impact
      0/3
      • Does the scheme owner have a system in place for measuring its impacts and progress towards its sustainability goals?
        Answer: No Information available
        Score: 0/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (on request) (1 point)
        • Yes publicly (2 points)
      • Does the scheme owner use the results of monitoring and evaluation for learning and improvements to its programme?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (1 point)
      • Does the scheme owner make sustainability results from M&E available?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (on request) (1 point)
        • Yes publicly (2 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
    • Supporting Strategies
      0/3
      • Does the scheme provide access to technical assistance for compliance with the standard?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
      • Does the scheme provide access to technical assistance beyond compliance with the standard?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
      • Does the scheme provide access to finance for enterprises seeking certification?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
  • Standard-Setting
    15/15
    • Is the standard made available free of charge?
      Answer: Yes publicly
      Score: 2/2
      Possible answers
      • Yes (on request) (1 point)
      • Yes publicly (2 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: 1/1
      Possible answers
      • No (0 points)
      • yes (1 point)

      Source:

      Regulation (EC) No 66/2010 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 November 2009 on the EU Ecolabel http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:32010R0066&from=EN

    • Are the standard-setting procedures or a public summary of how stakeholders can engage made available?
      Answer: Yes publicly
      Score: 2/2
      Possible answers
      • Yes (on request) (1 point)
      • Yes publicly (2 points)
      • No (0 points)
    • Which stakeholders can participate in the standard-setting process?
      Answer: All stakeholders
      Score: 2/2
      Possible answers
      • Members only (1 point)
      • Invitation only (1 point)
      • All stakeholders (2 points)
    • Are stakeholders who are directly affected by the standard provided opportunities to participate in standard setting?
      Answer: yes
      Score: 1/1
      Possible answers
      • No (0 points)
      • yes (1 point)
    • Are draft standards field tested / piloted for relevance and auditability during the development process?
      Answer: Not Applicable
      Possible answers
      • Yes (1 point)
      • 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 publicly
      Score: 2/2
      Possible answers
      • Yes (on request) (1 point)
      • Yes publicly (2 points)
      • No (0 points)

      Source:

      The final criteria are the result of a broad consultation exercise including stakeholder interaction at two Ad-Hoc Working Group meetings (one in Seville and one in Brussels), discussions with specialised stakeholders in particular sub-groups (for emissions, for energy and for hazardous substances) as well as dialogue with Commission colleagues and EU Ecolabel Board members. https://ec.europa.eu/search/?swlang=en&QueryText=eu+ecolabel+paper&sbtSearch=Search

    • Do the voting procedures of the decision-making body responsible for standard setting ensure that there is a balanced representation of stakeholder interests?
      Answer: yes
      Score: 1/1
      Possible answers
      • No (0 points)
      • yes (1 point)
    • Is the standard reviewed and, if necessary, revised at least every 5 years?
      Answer: yes
      Score: 1/1
      Possible answers
      • No (0 points)
      • yes (1 point)
    • Does the scheme ensure that guidance is in place to support consistent interpretation of the standard?
      Answer: yes
      Score: 1/1
      Possible answers
      • No (0 points)
      • yes (1 point)
    • Are there procedures and guidance for application or interpretation of the standard to regional contexts?
      Answer: Not Applicable
      Possible answers
      • Yes (1 point)
      • No (0 points)
      • Not applicable (0 points)
    • Does the scheme owner have a complaints mechanism for the standard-setting process?
      Answer: Yes, publicly
      Score: 2/2
      Possible answers
      • Yes (on request) (1 point)
      • Yes, publicly (2 points)
      • No (0 points)
  • Assurance
    26/55
    • Assurance System
      13/17
      • Is there a documented assessment methodology for CABs to assess compliance with the standard?
        Answer: Yes publicly avilable
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes available on request (1 point)
        • Yes publicly avilable (2 points)
      • Is application (to get certified/verified) open to all potential applicants within the scope of the scheme?
        Answer: yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (1 point)

        Source:

        Every product or service supplied for distribution, consumption or use in the European Economic Area market (European Union plus Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway) and included in one of the established non-food and non-medical product groups, is eligible for the EU Ecolabel. https://ec.europa.eu/environment/ecolabel/how-to-apply-for-eu-ecolabel.html

      • Does the scheme owner require CABs to have an assessment fee schedule?
        Answer: Yes publicly avilable
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes available on request (1 point)
        • Yes publicly avilable (2 points)
      • Does the scheme owner require CABs to have a documented complaints mechanism in place for compliance decisions?
        Answer: Yes publicly available
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes available on request (1 point)
        • Yes publicly available (2 points)
      • 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: 1/2
        Possible answers
        • No (no reports) (0 points)
        • No (confidential) (1 point)
        • Yes (on request) (1 point)
        • Yes publicly (2 points)

        Source:

        Art. 10.6 of the EU Ecolabel states that the Competent Body which has awarded the EU Ecolabel to the product shall not disclose, or use for any purose unconnected with the award for use of the EU Ecolabel, information which it has gained access in the course of assessing the compliance by a user of the EU Ecolabel with the rules on use of the EU Ecolabel set out in Art. 9.

      • Does the certificate or license define the scope of assurance?
        Answer: yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (1 point)

        Source:

        Product group criteria are usually valid for a period of three to five years, depending on the Commission decision for each product group. This allows the criteria to reflect technical innovation, such as evolution of materials or production processes, and emission reductions and changes in the market. Ecological criteria are reviewed prior to their expiration and may be revised. If criteria are revised, licence holders need to renew their contract. However, if criteria are extended, their contract is automatically renewed as long as the criteria remain valid for a product. Holders may use the EU Ecolabel starting from the date it is awarded until the end of the period of the validity of the criteria. https://ec.europa.eu/environment/ecolabel/faq.html

      • 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: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes incl. scope of certificate or license (2 points)
      • Does the scheme owner maintain a list of all accredited/approved CABs?
        Answer: Yes (publicly)
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (on request) (1 point)
        • Yes (publicly) (2 points)
      • Does the scheme owner review their assurance system on a periodic basis?
        Answer: No Information available
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • Annual (1 point)
        • Every 3 years (1 point)
        • Every 5 years (1 point)
        • Ad hoc (1 point)
      • Does the scheme owner require that clients and other affected stakeholders are notified of changes to the assurance requirements?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (1 point)
      • Does the scheme owner allow partial certification by an enterprise, with requirements to increase the percentage of certified produce over time?
        Answer: No Information available
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (1 point)
      • 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 (2 points)
        • yes available on request (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
    • Conformity Assessment
      10/18
      • Conformity Assessment Process
        3/3
        • What is the most independent type of conformity assessment required by the scheme?
          Answer: 3rd party
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers
          • 1st party (0 points)
          • 2nd party (0 points)
          • 3rd party (1 point)
          • (0 points)
          • (0 points)
        • 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: 1/1
          Possible answers
          • Yes (1 point)
          • 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: 1/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • yes (1 point)

          Source:

          Compliance monitoring [...] If the Competent Body receives evidence that your product or service no longer complies with the criteria during the validity period, the Competent Body will request an immediate Corrective Action Plan or will prohibit the use of the EU Ecolabel on that product. https://ec.europa.eu/environment/ecolabel/how-to-apply-for-eu-ecolabel.html

      • Sustainability Audits
        2/9
        • Does the scheme owner require CABs to be compliant with ISO/IEC 17065, ISO/IEC 17021, ISO/IEC 17020 or equivalent?
          Answer: Not Applicable
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)
          • Not Applicable (0 points)
        • At least how often do clients undergo a full audit process?
          Answer: No Information available
          Score: 0/2
          Possible answers
          • 1 year or less (2 points)
          • 1-2 years (2 points)
          • 2-3 years (2 points)
          • 4-5 years (1 point)
          • 5 years or more (1 point)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
        • Is the frequency of an audit based in part on a risk assessment of the client?
          Answer: No
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • Yes (1 point)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          Compliance monitoring: As a licence holder, it is your responsibility to ensure criteria compliance throughout the entire validity of your licence(s). Your Competent Body will explain how often test samples of your product should be conducted in order to proactively verify criteria compliance. Based on the discretion of your Competent Body, they may carry out factory inspections and product tests or visit your service. These inspections are intended to ensure that the environmental excellence is maintained for consumers. https://ec.europa.eu/environment/ecolabel/how-to-apply-for-eu-ecolabel.html

        • What type of activities are CABs required to undertake during a full audit?
          Answer: Field visit (incl. office visit & doc. review)
          Score: 2/2
          Possible answers
          • Document review (off-site) only (1 point)
          • Document review on-site (1 point)
          • Field visit (incl. office visit & doc. review) (2 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          Step 5: Assessment After receiving your application, your Competent Body examines all submitted documentation, including any material sent directly by your suppliers and gives initial feedback within a two month period. At that time, additional documentation may be requested. Competent Bodies can reject an application if sufficient documentation is not received within 6 months of any request for further information. After all documentation has been approved, your Competent Body may carry out an on-site visit to your or your suppliers’ sites. The Competent Body judges the necessity of this on-site visit on a case-by-case basis and may charge a fee for it. Contact your Competent Body for more information. https://ec.europa.eu/environment/ecolabel/how-to-apply-for-eu-ecolabel.html

        • Does the scheme owner allow or require CABs to do unscheduled audits?
          Answer: No Information available
          Score: 0/2
          Possible answers
          • Allowed (1 point)
          • Required (2 points)
          • Not allowed (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
        • Are auditors required to solicit external stakeholder input during the audit process?
          Answer: Not Applicable
          Possible answers
          • Yes (1 point)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
        • Does the scheme owner require CABs to follow a consistent report format?
          Answer: No Information available
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • Yes (1 point)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
        • Are the people making the compliance decision different from those engaged in the audit process?
          Answer: No
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • Yes (1 point)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          Application approval: Your Competent Body issues your contract and licence upon approving your application. This contract sets out the services or range of products covered within the licence, including any trade names or manufacturer’s internal reference numbers. It will also lay out the terms of use of the EU Ecolabel, following the standard contract in Annex IV of the Regulation (EC) No 66/2010 of 25 November 2009. Once you have signed the contract, a certificate can be asked for/will be sent, depending on the Competent Body. This certificate will detail: the licence number that can be used with the EU Ecolabel logo; the legal name of the applicant; the services or range of products awarded the EU Ecolabel; all relevant trade names under which the product is sold or the service is marketed. Your Competent Body will give you the final validation on when the EU Ecolabel logo and your licence number can be used on your EU Ecolabel services and products that have met the criteria. https://ec.europa.eu/environment/ecolabel/how-to-apply-for-eu-ecolabel.html

        • Does the scheme allow for group certification or verification?
          Answer: Not Applicable
          Possible answers
          • Yes (1 point)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Group Certification
        0/0
        • Is the group required to have an internal management system?
          Answer: Not Applicable
          Possible answers
          • Yes (1 point)
          • 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 (1 point)
          • 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 (1 point)
          • Yes based on risk assessment (2 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 (1 point)
          • Member removed from a group (0 points)
          • Group suspension (0 points)
          • No repercussion (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Chain of Custody
        0/0
        • 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 (1 point)
          • 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 (1 point)
          • 2nd party (1 point)
          • 3rd party (2 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 (1 point)
          • Document review on-site (1 point)
          • Field visit (incl. office visit & doc. review) (2 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 (1 point)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Laboratory Testing
        5/6
        • In the documented assessment methodology, are test methods either referred to or included?
          Answer: Yes publicly
          Score: 2/2
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (on request) (1 point)
          • Yes publicly (2 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: 2/2
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes to ISO 17025 (2 points)
          • Yes to other recognized standards (1 point)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          Where can businesses have their products tested? Competent Bodies will inform potential applicants of which test results must be provided and how the testing should be carried out. The test laboratory should be preferably accredited under ISO 17025 or equivalent. https://ec.europa.eu/environment/ecolabel/faq.html

        • Are there rules on random sampling and testing for the compliance monitoring?
          Answer: No Information available
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)
        • Is there a procedure to deal with non-compliant products manufactured by a client / licensee?
          Answer: Yes
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers
          • Yes (1 point)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          Step 6: Application approval and licence award [...] Compliance monitoring [...] If the Competent Body receives evidence that your product or service no longer complies with the criteria during the validity period, the Competent Body will request an immediate Corrective Action Plan or will prohibit the use of the EU Ecolabel on that product. https://ec.europa.eu/environment/ecolabel/faq.html

    • Auditor Competencies
      0/7
      • Does the scheme owner define specific qualifications and competencies for CAB auditors?
        Answer: No Information available
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner require that CAB auditors successfully complete training on the standard and its interpretation?
        Answer: No Information available
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner require that CAB auditors successfully complete auditor training based on ISO 19011, or equivalent?
        Answer: No Information available
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
        • 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: No Information available
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner require that CAB auditors are evaluated at least every 3 years?
        Answer: No Information available
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner have or require that CABs have a continuing professional development program in place?
        Answer: No Information available
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner require that there are repercussions such as probation or suspension for the misconduct or poor performance of CAB personnel?
        Answer: No Information available
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
    • Accreditation / Oversight
      3/13
      • Does the scheme require a documented accreditation or oversight mechanism?
        Answer: Yes publicly available
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes available on request (1 point)
        • Yes publicly available (2 points)

        Source:

        Who manages the scheme at national level? Each state of the European Economic Area designates a Competent Body, an independent and impartial organisation that implements the EU Ecolabel scheme at national level. Competent bodies play a central role in the work of the EU Ecolabel scheme and are the first point of contact for applicants. They specifically assess applications and award the EU Ecolabel to products that meet the criteria set for them. As such, they are responsible for ensuring that the verification process is carried out in a consistent, neutral and reliable manner by a party independent from the operator being verified, based on international, European or national standards and procedures concerning bodies operating product-certification schemes. https://ec.europa.eu/environment/ecolabel/faq.html

      • Does the scheme owner require ISO 17011 compliance for ABs?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Is the accreditation or oversight body independent from the scheme owner?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        Who manages the scheme at national level? Each state of the European Economic Area designates a Competent Body, an independent and impartial organisation that implements the EU Ecolabel scheme at national level. Competent bodies play a central role in the work of the EU Ecolabel scheme and are the first point of contact for applicants. They specifically assess applications and award the EU Ecolabel to products that meet the criteria set for them. As such, they are responsible for ensuring that the verification process is carried out in a consistent, neutral and reliable manner by a party independent from the operator being verified, based on international, European or national standards and procedures concerning bodies operating product-certification schemes. https://ec.europa.eu/environment/ecolabel/faq.html

      • How often do assurance providers undergo a full accreditation or oversight assessment?
        Answer: No Information available
        Score: 0/2
        Possible answers
        • <1 year (2 points)
        • 1 year (2 points)
        • 2-3 years (2 points)
        • 4-5 years (1 point)
        • >5 years (1 point)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Is the frequency of an accreditation or oversight assessment based in part on a risk assessment of the client?
        Answer: No Information available
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
        • 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: No Information available
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • 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 (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
        • Yes assess scheme-specific competence (2 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: No Information available
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • 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: No Information available
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • 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: No Information available
        Score: 0/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (on request) (1 point)
        • Yes publicly (2 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: No Information available
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • 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: No Information available
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
  • Claims & Traceability
    9/9
    • Traceability
      2/2
      • Does the scheme owner have a documented Chain of Custody standard or other traceability requirements?
        Answer: Yes publicly available
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes available on request (1 point)
        • Yes publicly available (2 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 (1 point)
        • 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 (1 point)
        • 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 (1 point)
        • 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 (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
    • Claims & Labelling
      7/7
      • Does the scheme owner make documented requirements governing the use of symbols, logos and claims available?
        Answer: Yes publicly
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (on request) (1 point)
        • Yes publicly (2 points)
      • Do claims and labelling requirements ensure that claims or logos clearly indicate to what they apply?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • 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 (1 point)
        • 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: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        The EU Ecolabel licence number shall be presented as indicated in the EU Ecolabel Regulation (EC No. 66/2010: Annex 2 “Form of the EU Ecolabel”): https://ec.europa.eu/environment/ecolabel/documents/logo_guidelines.pdf

      • 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: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        Regulation (EC) No 66/2010 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 November 2009 on the EU Ecolabel http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:32010R0066&from=EN

      • Does the scheme require different claims depending on the percentage of certified / verified content in a product?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • 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% (1 point)
        • 50-74% (1 point)
        • 75-94% (2 points)
        • 95-100% (2 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% (1 point)
        • 21-50% (1 point)
        • 51-74% (2 points)
        • 75-100% (2 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: Yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme have a procedure that defines specific consequences of misuse of claims?
        Answer: yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (1 point)

        Source:

        Regulation (EC) No 66/2010 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 November 2009 on the EU Ecolabel http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:32010R0066&from=EN


En­vir­on­ment 51%

  • Criteria on chemicals harmful to human health
  • Criteria on Use of Chlorine Gas
  • Criteria on Use of Azo Dyes
  • Use of Natural Fibres
  • Chemicals
    11/18
    • Chemical Use
      11/15
      • Does the standard include criteria on chemical use?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
      • Does the standard include criteria on chemicals listed on the REACH Candidate List as substances of very high concern?
        Answer: Advanced: Prohibit use except for defined derogations.
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • Basic: Restrict use (1 point)
        • Advanced: Prohibit use except for defined derogations. (2 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        Criterion 4(a) Restrictions on Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) Graphic paper / Tissue Paper and Tissue Products Note: All process and functional chemicals used in the paper mill must be screened. This criterion does not apply to chemicals used for wastewater treatment unless the treated wastewater is recirculated back into the paper production process. The paper product shall not contain substances that have been identified according to the procedure described in Article 59(1) of Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 and included in the Candidate List for Substances of Very High Concern in concentrations greater than 0.10 % (weight by weight). No derogation from this requirement shall be granted. Criterion 4(b) Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) restrictions Graphic Paper Note: All process and functional chemicals used in the paper mill must be screened. This criterion does not apply to chemicals used for wastewater treatment unless the treated wastewater is recirculated back into the paper production process. Unless derogated in Table 3, the paper product shall not contain substances or mixtures in concentrations greater than 0.10 % (weight by weight) that are classified with any of the following hazard statements in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008: - Group 1 hazards: Category 1A or 1B carcinogenic, mutagenic and/or toxic for reproduction (CMR): H340, H350, H350i, H360, H360F, H360D, H360FD, H360Fd, H360Df. - Group 2 hazards: Category 2 CMR: H341, H351, H361, H361f, H361d, H361fd, H362; Category 1 aquatic toxicity: H400, H410; Category 1 and 2 acute toxicity: H300, H310, H330; Category 1 aspiration toxicity: H304; Category 1 specific target organ toxicity (STOT): H370, H372, Category 1 skin sensitiser H317*. - Group 3 hazards: Category 2, 3 and 4 aquatic toxicity: H411, H412, H413; Category 3 acute toxicity: H301, H311, H331; Category 2 STOT: H371, H373. *H317 restrictions shall only apply to commercial dye formulations, surface finishing agents and coating materials applied to paper. The use of substances or mixtures that are chemically modified during the paper production process (e.g. inorganic flocculating agents, cross-linking agents, inorganic oxidising and reducing agents) so that any relevant restricted CLP hazard no longer applies shall be exempted from the above requirement. Rationale for criteria 4(a) and 4(b) The basis for all information related to criteria 4a and 4b should be a REACH compliant Safety Data Sheet (SDS). If a hazardous substance is present in a supplied mixture above a certain trigger concentration that is related to the hazards it presents, it must be listed in Section 3 of the SDS.

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        Criterion 4 — Restricted hazardous substances and mixtures

      • Does the standard include criteria on H statements H400, H410, H411?
        Answer: Advanced: Prohibit use for all applications
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • Basic: Prohibit use for some applications (1 point)
        • Advanced: Prohibit use for all applications (2 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        Criterion 4(a) Restrictions on Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) Graphic paper / Tissue Paper and Tissue Products Note: All process and functional chemicals used in the paper mill must be screened. This criterion does not apply to chemicals used for wastewater treatment unless the treated wastewater is recirculated back into the paper production process. The paper product shall not contain substances that have been identified according to the procedure described in Article 59(1) of Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 and included in the Candidate List for Substances of Very High Concern in concentrations greater than 0.10 % (weight by weight). No derogation from this requirement shall be granted. Criterion 4(b) Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) restrictions Graphic Paper Note: All process and functional chemicals used in the paper mill must be screened. This criterion does not apply to chemicals used for wastewater treatment unless the treated wastewater is recirculated back into the paper production process. Unless derogated in Table 3, the paper product shall not contain substances or mixtures in concentrations greater than 0.10 % (weight by weight) that are classified with any of the following hazard statements in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008: - Group 1 hazards: Category 1A or 1B carcinogenic, mutagenic and/or toxic for reproduction (CMR): H340, H350, H350i, H360, H360F, H360D, H360FD, H360Fd, H360Df. - Group 2 hazards: Category 2 CMR: H341, H351, H361, H361f, H361d, H361fd, H362; Category 1 aquatic toxicity: H400, H410; Category 1 and 2 acute toxicity: H300, H310, H330; Category 1 aspiration toxicity: H304; Category 1 specific target organ toxicity (STOT): H370, H372, Category 1 skin sensitiser H317*. - Group 3 hazards: Category 2, 3 and 4 aquatic toxicity: H411, H412, H413; Category 3 acute toxicity: H301, H311, H331; Category 2 STOT: H371, H373. *H317 restrictions shall only apply to commercial dye formulations, surface finishing agents and coating materials applied to paper. The use of substances or mixtures that are chemically modified during the paper production process (e.g. inorganic flocculating agents, cross-linking agents, inorganic oxidising and reducing agents) so that any relevant restricted CLP hazard no longer applies shall be exempted from the above requirement. Rationale for criteria 4(a) and 4(b) The basis for all information related to criteria 4a and 4b should be a REACH compliant Safety Data Sheet (SDS). If a hazardous substance is present in a supplied mixture above a certain trigger concentration that is related to the hazards it presents, it must be listed in Section 3 of the SDS.

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        Criterion 4 — Restricted hazardous substances and mixtures

      • Does the standard include criteria on H statements?
        Answer: Advanced: Prohibit use for H statements as well as additional H statements for all applications
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • Basic: Prohibit use for some applications (1 point)
        • Advanced: Prohibit use for H statements as well as additional H statements for all applications (2 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        Criterion 4(a) Restrictions on Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) Graphic paper / Tissue Paper and Tissue Products Note: All process and functional chemicals used in the paper mill must be screened. This criterion does not apply to chemicals used for wastewater treatment unless the treated wastewater is recirculated back into the paper production process. The paper product shall not contain substances that have been identified according to the procedure described in Article 59(1) of Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 and included in the Candidate List for Substances of Very High Concern in concentrations greater than 0.10 % (weight by weight). No derogation from this requirement shall be granted. Criterion 4(b) Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) restrictions Graphic Paper Note: All process and functional chemicals used in the paper mill must be screened. This criterion does not apply to chemicals used for wastewater treatment unless the treated wastewater is recirculated back into the paper production process. Unless derogated in Table 3, the paper product shall not contain substances or mixtures in concentrations greater than 0.10 % (weight by weight) that are classified with any of the following hazard statements in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008: - Group 1 hazards: Category 1A or 1B carcinogenic, mutagenic and/or toxic for reproduction (CMR): H340, H350, H350i, H360, H360F, H360D, H360FD, H360Fd, H360Df. - Group 2 hazards: Category 2 CMR: H341, H351, H361, H361f, H361d, H361fd, H362; Category 1 aquatic toxicity: H400, H410; Category 1 and 2 acute toxicity: H300, H310, H330; Category 1 aspiration toxicity: H304; Category 1 specific target organ toxicity (STOT): H370, H372, Category 1 skin sensitiser H317*. - Group 3 hazards: Category 2, 3 and 4 aquatic toxicity: H411, H412, H413; Category 3 acute toxicity: H301, H311, H331; Category 2 STOT: H371, H373. *H317 restrictions shall only apply to commercial dye formulations, surface finishing agents and coating materials applied to paper. The use of substances or mixtures that are chemically modified during the paper production process (e.g. inorganic flocculating agents, cross-linking agents, inorganic oxidising and reducing agents) so that any relevant restricted CLP hazard no longer applies shall be exempted from the above requirement. Rationale for criteria 4(a) and 4(b) The basis for all information related to criteria 4a and 4b should be a REACH compliant Safety Data Sheet (SDS). If a hazardous substance is present in a supplied mixture above a certain trigger concentration that is related to the hazards it presents, it must be listed in Section 3 of the SDS.

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        Criterion 4 — Restricted hazardous substances and mixtures

      • Does the standard include criteria on biodegredability of substances?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)

        Excerpt from standard:

        Criterion 4e) Surfactants used in deinking (For Graphic Paper, Tissue Paper and Tissue Products) Note: This requirement shall apply to the producer(s) of de-inked pulp. All surfactants used in de-inking processes shall demonstrate ready biodegradability or inherent ultimate biodegradability (see test methods and pass levels below). The only exemption to this requirement shall be the use of surfactants based on silicone derivatives provided that paper sludge from the de-inking process is incinerated. Assessment and verification: The applicant shall provide a declaration of compliance with this criterion together with the relevant safety data sheets or test reports for each surfactant. These shall indicate the test method, threshold and conclusion reached using one of the following test methods and pass levels: - For ready biodegradability: OECD No 301 A-F (or equivalent ISO standards) with a percentage degradation (including absorption) within 28 days of at least 70 % for 301 A and E, and of at least 60 % for 301 B, C, D and F. - For inherent ultimate biodegradability: OECD 302 A-C (or equivalent ISO standards), with a percentage degradation (including adsorption) within 28 days of at least 70 % for 302 A and B, and of at least 60 % for 302 C. In cases where silicone-based surfactants are used, the applicant shall provide a safety data sheet for the chemicals used and a declaration that paper sludge from the de-inking process is incinerated, including details of the destination incineration facility or facilities.

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        Criterion 4 — Restricted hazardous substances and mixtures

      • Does the standard include a list of substances which are of low concern for the intended use?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
      • Does the standard include criteria on testing the final product regarding residues of chemicals?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)

        Excerpt from standard:

        Criterion 6(c) Product safety Any final tissue product that contains recycled fibre shall not contain any of the following hazardous substances above the specified limits and according to the specified test standards: - Formaldehyde: 1 mg/dm2 in accordance with EN 1541 (cold water extraction); - Glyoxal: 1.5 mg/dm2 in accordance with DIN 54603; - Pentachlorophenol (PCP): 2 mg/kg in accordance with EN ISO 15320 (cold water extraction). Assessment and verification: The applicant shall provide a declaration of compliance with this criterion supported by relevant test reports in accordance with the respective standards.

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        Criterion 6: Final product requirements

      • Does the standard include criteria on the use of dyes or pigments based on lead, copper, chromium, nickel, cadmium, cobalt and aluminium in the production phase?
        Answer: No Information available
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • basic (1 point)
      • Does the standard include criteria on the use of chlorine gas, elemental chlorine, chloroorganic compounds as bleaching agent?
        Answer: Advanced: Prohibit use
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • Basic: Restrict use (1 point)
        • Advanced: Prohibit use (2 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        Criterion 1(b) Adsorbable organic halogens (AOX) Graphic Paper / Tissue Paper and Tissue Products This criterion refers to elemental chlorine free (ECF) pulp. The AOX emissions from the production of each pulp used in EU Ecolabel graphic paper shall not exceed 0.17 kg/ADt. Criterion 4c): Chlorine (For Graphic Paper, Tissue Paper and Tissue Products) Note: This requirement shall apply to pulp and paper producers. While it also applies to the bleaching of recycled fibres, it is accepted that the fibres in their previous life cycle may have been bleached with chlorine gas. Chlorine gas shall not be used as a bleaching agent. This requirement does not apply to chlorine gas related to the production and use of chlorine dioxide. Assessment and verification: The applicant shall provide a declaration that chlorine gas has not been used as a bleaching agent in the paper production process, together with declarations from any relevant pulp suppliers.

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        Criterion 1(b) Adsorbable organic halogens (AOX) Criterion 4c): Chlorine

      • Does the standard include criteria on the prohibition of azo dyes that may cleave aromatic amines which are harmful to human health in the production phase?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)

        Excerpt from standard:

        Criterion 4g) Azo dye restrictions (For Graphic Paper, Tissue Paper and Tissue Products) Note: This requirement shall apply to the paper producer. Azo dyes, which by reductive cleavage of one or more azo groups may release one or more of the aromatic amines listed in Directive 2002/61/EC or Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 Annex XVII, Appendix 8, shall not be used in the production of EU Ecolabel graphic paper. Assessment and verification: The applicant shall provide a declaration of compliance with this criterion from the supplier(s) of all colourants used in the production process for EU Ecolabel graphic paper. The colourant supplier declaration should be supported by test reports according to the appropriate methods described in Appendix 10 to Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 or equivalent methods..

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        Criterion 4 — Restricted hazardous substances and mixtures

    • Handling of Chemicals
      0/3
      • Does the standard include criteria on storage and labelling of chemicals?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
      • Does the standard include criteria on selective and targeted application of chemicals?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
      • Does the standard include criteria on training on chemicals handling and exposure?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
  • Water
    4/7
    • Water Use
      0/2
      • Does the standard include criteria on water consumption in the production phase?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
    • Wastewater
      4/5
      • Does the standard include criteria on wastewater quality and wastewater treatment?
        Answer: Advanced: Treat wastewater with parameters defined to ensure appropriate quality of wastewater
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • Basic: Treat wastewater (1 point)
        • Advanced: Treat wastewater with parameters defined to ensure appropriate quality of wastewater (2 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        Criterion 1a) COD, S, NOx and P. [...] Measurements of emissions to water shall be taken on unfiltered and unsettled samples at the effluent discharge point of the mills’ wastewater treatment plant. In cases where mill effluent is sent to a municipal or other third-party wastewater treatment plant, unfiltered and unsettled samples from the mill effluent sewer discharge point shall be analysed and the results multiplied by a standard removal efficiency factor for the municipal or third-party wastewater treatment plant. The removal efficiency factor shall be based on information provided by the operator of the municipal or other third-party wastewater treatment plant. Measurements of emissions to water shall be taken on unfiltered and unsettled samples at the effluent discharge point of the mills’ wastewater treatment plant. In cases where mill effluent is sent to a municipal or other third-party wastewater treatment plant, unfiltered and unsettled samples from the mill effluent sewer discharge point shall be analysed and the results multiplied by a standard removal efficiency factor for the municipal or third-party wastewater treatment plant.

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        Criterion 1a) COD, S, NOx and P.

      • Does the standard include criteria on wastewater volumes (per unit of production)?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
      • Does the standard include threshold values on wastewater parameter of COD and P?
        Answer: Advanced: All of these parameters are covered
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • Basic: Some of these parameters are covered (1 point)
        • Advanced: All of these parameters are covered (2 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        5.1. Criterion 1a) COD, S, NOx and P. Graphic Paper The requirement is based on information on emissions in relation to a specified reference value. The ratio between actual emissions and the reference value translates into an emissions score. The score for any individual emission parameter shall not exceed 1.3. In all cases, the total number of points (Ptotal = PCOD + PS + PNOx + PP) shall not exceed 4.0. In case of non-integrated production, the applicant shall provide a calculation that includes pulp and paper production. For pulp and papermaking as a whole, the calculation of PCOD shall be made as follows (PS, PNOx, and PP to be calculated in exactly the same way). For each pulp ‘i’ used, the related measured COD emissions (COD pulp 'i expressed in kg/air dry tonne — ADt) shall be weighted according to the proportion of each pulp used (pulp ‘i’ with respect to air dry tonne of pulp), and added together. Air dry tonne assumes 90 % dry matter content for pulp, and 95 % for paper. The weighted COD emission for the pulp is then added to the measured COD emission from the paper production to give the total COD emission, COD total. The weighted COD reference value for the pulp production shall be calculated in the same way, with the sum of the weighted reference value for each pulp used and added to the reference value for the paper production to give a total COD reference value COD ref, total. Table 1 contains the reference values for each pulp type used and for the paper production. Tissue Paper and Tissue Products The requirement is based on information on emissions in relation to a specified reference value. The ratio between actual emissions and the reference value translates into an emissions score. The score for any individual emission parameter shall not exceed 1.3. In all cases, the total number of points (Ptotal = PCOD + PS + PNOx + PP) shall not exceed 4.0. In case of non-integrated production, the applicant shall provide a calculation that includes pulp and paper production. For pulp and papermaking as a whole, the calculation of PCOD shall be made as follows (PS, PNOx, PP to be calculated in exactly the same way). For each pulp ‘i’ used, the related measured COD emissions (COD pulp 'i' expressed in kg/air dry tonne — ADt) shall be weighted according to the proportion of each pulp used (pulp ‘i’ with respect to air dry tonne of pulp), and added together. Air dry tonne assumes 90 % dry matter content for pulp, and 95 % for paper. The weighted COD emission for the pulp is then added to the measured COD emission from the paper production to give the total COD emission, COD total. The weighted COD reference value for the pulp production shall be calculated in the same way, with the sum of the weighted reference value for each pulp used and added to the reference value for the paper production to give a total COD reference value COD ref, total. Table 1 contains the reference values for each pulp type used and for the paper production. 5.2. Criterion 1b) AOX Graphic Paper / Tissue Paper and Tissue Products This criterion refers to elemental chlorine free (ECF) pulp. The AOX emissions from the production of each pulp used in EU Ecolabel graphic paper shall not exceed 0.17 kg/ADt. 5.3. Criterion 1c) CO2 Graphic Paper Carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels used for the production of process heat and electricity (whether on-site or offsite) must not exceed the following limit values: 1) 1 100 kg CO2/tonne for paper made from 100 % de-inked/recycled pulp; 2) 1 000 kg CO2/tonne for paper made from 100 % chemical pulp; 3) 1 600 kg CO2/tonne for paper made from 100 % mechanical pulp. For paper composed of any combination of chemical pulp, recycled pulp and mechanical pulp, a weighted limit value shall be calculated based on the proportion of each pulp type in the mixture. The actual emission value shall be calculated as the sum of the emissions from the pulp and paper production, taking into account the mixture of pulps used. Tissue Paper and Tissue Products Note: The criterion refers to the sum total of CO2 emissions from pulp and paper manufacturing processes. Conversion is not included. Carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels used for the production of process heat and electricity (whether on-site or offsite) must not exceed the following limit values: 1) 1 200 kg CO2/tonne for conventional tissue paper, 2) 1 850 kg CO2/tonne for structured tissue paper. The actual emission value shall be calculated as the sum of the emissions from the pulp and paper production, taking into account the mixture of pulps used.

        Referenzdokumente:

        Criterion 1a) COD, S, NOx and P. Criterion 1(b) Adsorbable organic halogens (AOX) Criterion 1c) CO2

  • Inputs
    2/5
    • Does the scheme include criteria on the use of postconsumer recycled content in the product or packaging?
      Answer: No
      Degree of Obligation: Not covered
      Score: 0/1
      Possible answers
      • No (0 points)
      • Yes (1 point)
    • Fibres
      2/4
      • Does the standard include criteria on the usage of recycled material?
        Answer: -
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 0/2
        Possible answers
        • Basic: Use of recycled material in packaging (1 point)
        • Advanced: Use of recycled material in product (2 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        At least 70 % of the fibre material allocated to the product or production line shall originate from forests or areas managed according to sustainable forestry management principles that meet the requirements set out by the relevant independent chain of custody scheme and/or originate from recycled materials. Excluded from the calculation of recycled fibre content is the reutilisation of waste materials that are capable of being reclaimed within the same process that generated them (i.e. paper machine broke — own produced or purchased). However, inputs of broke from conversion operations (own or purchased) may be considered as contributing towards the recycled fibre content if covered by EN 643 delivery notes.

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        Criterion 3: Fibres – conserving resources, sustainable forest management

      • Does the standard include criteria on the production of natural fibres?
        Answer: Advanced: At least 70% of recycled fibres or of certified fibres from sustainable forestry
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • Basic: 50% - 69% of certified fibres from sustainable forestry (1 point)
        • Advanced: At least 70% of recycled fibres or of certified fibres from sustainable forestry (2 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        The fibre raw material may consist of recycled fibres or virgin fibres. Any virgin fibres must not originate from GMO species. All fibres shall be covered by valid chain of custody certificates issued by an independent third-party certification scheme such as the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) or equivalent, or be covered by delivery notes of paper for recycling in accordance with EN 643. At least 70 % of the fibre material allocated to the product or production line shall originate from forests or areas managed according to sustainable forestry management principles that meet the requirements set out by the relevant independent chain of custody scheme and/or originate from recycled materials. Excluded from the calculation of recycled fibre content is the reutilisation of waste materials that are capable of being reclaimed within the same process that generated them (i.e. paper machine broke — own produced or purchased). However, inputs of broke from conversion operations (own or purchased) may be considered as contributing towards the recycled fibre content if covered by EN 643 delivery notes. Any uncertified virgin material shall be covered by a verification system that ensures that it is legally sourced and meets any other requirement of the certification scheme with respect to uncertified material. The certification bodies issuing forest and/or chain of custody certificates shall be accredited or recognised by that certification scheme.

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        7. Criterion 3: Fibres – conserving resources, sustainable forest management

  • Energy
    1/2
    • Energy Consumption
      1/2
      • Does the standard include criteria on energy consumption in the production phase?
        Answer: Basic: Monitor energy consumption over time
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 1/2
        Possible answers
        • Basic: Monitor energy consumption over time (1 point)
        • Advanced: Reduce consumption, increase efficiency OR increase use of renewables (2 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        Criterion 2 — Energy use The requirement is based on information on actual energy use during pulp and paper production in relation to specific reference values. The energy consumption includes electricity and fuel consumption for heat production to be expressed in terms of points (Ptotal) as detailed below. The total number of points (Ptotal = PE + PF) shall not exceed 2,5. Table 2 contains the reference values for calculating the energy consumption. In case of a mix of pulps, the reference value for electricity and fuel consumption for heat production shall be weighted according to the proportion of each pulp used (pulp ‘i’ with respect to air dry tonne of pulp), and added together. Criterion 2(a) Electricity The electricity consumption related to pulp and paper production shall be expressed in terms of points (PE) as detailed below. Calculation for pulp production: For each pulp i used, the related electricity consumption (Epulp,i expressed in kWh/ADt) shall be calculated as follows: Epulp,i = internally produced electricity + purchased electricity – sold electricity Calculation for paper production: Similarly, the electricity consumption related to paper production (Epaper) shall be calculated as follows: Epaper = internally produced electricity + purchased electricity – sold electricity [...]

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        Criterion 2: Energy use

  • Waste and Air Pollution
    3/5
    • Waste Management
      1/2
      • Does the standard include criteria on waste management in the production phase?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
      • Does the standard include criteria on safe disposal of hazardous waste?
        Answer: Advanced: Reduce and/or treat toxic waste
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • Basic: -
        • Advanced: Reduce and/or treat toxic waste (1 point)

        Excerpt from standard:

        Graphic Paper All pulp and paper production sites shall have a system in place for the handling of waste arising from the production process and a waste management and minimisation plan that describes the production process and includes information on the following aspects: 1) procedures in place for waste prevention; 2) procedures in place for waste separation, reuse and recycling; 3) procedures in place for the safe handling of hazardous waste; 4) continuous improvement objectives and targets relating to the reduction of waste generation and the increase of reuse and recycling rates. Tissue Paper and Tissue Products All pulp and paper production sites, including converted tissue production sites, shall have a system in place for the handling of waste arising from the production process and a waste management and minimisation plan that describes the production process and includes information on the following aspects: 1) procedures in place for waste prevention; 2) procedures in place for waste separation, reuse, and recycling; 3) procedures in place for the safe handling of hazardous waste; 4) continuous improvement objectives and targets relating to the reduction of waste generation and the increase of reuse and recycling rates. Assessment and verification: The applicant shall provide a waste minimisation and management plan for each of the sites concerned and a declaration of compliance with the criterion. Applicants registered with EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) and/or certified according to ISO 14001 shall be considered as having fulfilled this criterion if: 1) the inclusion of waste management is documented in the EMAS environmental statement for the production site(s), or 2) the inclusion of waste management is sufficiently addressed by the ISO 14001 certification for the production site(s).

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        Criterion 5: Waste Management

    • Air pollution (excl. GHG) and Emmission
      2/3
      • Does the standard include criteria on air pollution?
        Answer: Basic: Monitor emissions over time
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 1/2
        Possible answers
        • Basic: Monitor emissions over time (1 point)
        • Advanced: End-of-pipe technology (2 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        Graphic Paper/Tissue Paper and Tissue Products As a prerequisite, the pulp and paper production site must meet all respective legal requirements of the country in which it is located. Criterion 1a) COD, S, NOx and P. Graphic Paper The requirement is based on information on emissions in relation to a specified reference value. The ratio between actual emissions and the reference value translates into an emissions score. The score for any individual emission parameter shall not exceed 1.3. In all cases, the total number of points (Ptotal = PCOD + PS + PNOx + PP) shall not exceed 4.0. In case of non-integrated production, the applicant shall provide a calculation that includes pulp and paper production. For pulp and papermaking as a whole, the calculation of PCOD shall be made as follows (PS, PNOx, and PP to be calculated in exactly the same way). For each pulp ‘i’ used, the related measured COD emissions (COD pulp 'i expressed in kg/air dry tonne — ADt) shall be weighted according to the proportion of each pulp used (pulp ‘i’ with respect to air dry tonne of pulp), and added together. Air dry tonne assumes 90 % dry matter content for pulp, and 95 % for paper. The weighted COD emission for the pulp is then added to the measured COD emission from the paper production to give the total COD emission, COD total. The weighted COD reference value for the pulp production shall be calculated in the same way, with the sum of the weighted reference value for each pulp used and added to the reference value for the paper production to give a total COD reference value COD ref, total. Table 1 contains the reference values for each pulp type used and for the paper production. [...] Tissue Paper and Tissue Products The requirement is based on information on emissions in relation to a specified reference value. The ratio between actual emissions and the reference value translates into an emissions score. The score for any individual emission parameter shall not exceed 1.3. In all cases, the total number of points (Ptotal = PCOD + PS + PNOx + PP) shall not exceed 4.0. In case of non-integrated production, the applicant shall provide a calculation that includes pulp and paper production. For pulp and papermaking as a whole, the calculation of PCOD shall be made as follows (PS, PNOx, PP to be calculated in exactly the same way). For each pulp ‘i’ used, the related measured COD emissions (COD pulp 'i' expressed in kg/air dry tonne — ADt) shall be weighted according to the proportion of each pulp used (pulp ‘i’ with respect to air dry tonne of pulp), and added together. Air dry tonne assumes 90 % dry matter content for pulp, and 95 % for paper. The weighted COD emission for the pulp is then added to the measured COD emission from the paper production to give the total COD emission, COD total. The weighted COD reference value for the pulp production shall be calculated in the same way, with the sum of the weighted reference value for each pulp used and added to the reference value for the paper production to give a total COD reference value COD ref, total. Table 1 contains the reference values for each pulp type used and for the paper production. [...] Criterion 1(b) Adsorbable organic halogens (AOX) [...] Criterion 1c) CO2 [...]

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        Criterion 1: Emissions to water and air

      • Does the standard include criteria on threshold values of sulphur (S) and NOx emissions to air?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)

        Excerpt from standard:

        Criterion 1a) COD, S, NOx and P. The requirement is based on information on emissions in relation to a specified reference value. The ratio between actual emissions and the reference value translates into an emissions score. The score for any individual emission parameter shall not exceed 1,3. In all cases, the total number of points (Ptotal = PCOD + PS + PNOx + PP) shall not exceed 4,0. In case of non-integrated production, the applicant shall provide a calculation that includes pulp and paper production. For pulp and papermaking as a whole, the calculation of PCOD shall be made as follows (PS, PNOx, and PP to be calculated in exactly the same way). For each pulp ‘i’ used, the related measured COD emissions (CODpulp,i expressed in kg/air dry tonne — ADt) shall be weighted according to the proportion of each pulp used (pulp ‘i’ with respect to air dry tonne of pulp), and added together. Air dry tonne assumes 90 % dry matter content for pulp, and 95 % for paper. The weighted COD emission for the pulp is then added to the measured COD emission from the paper production to give the total COD emission, COD total. The weighted COD reference value for the pulp production shall be calculated in the same way, with the sum of the weighted reference value for each pulp used and added to the reference value for the paper production to give a total COD reference value CODref, total. Table 1 contains the reference values for each pulp type used and for the paper production. [...]

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        Criterion 1a) COD, S, NOx and P.

  • Environmental Management
    0/5
    • Environmental Management
      0/5
      • Does the standard include a general criterion on compliance with all relevant local, regional and national environmental laws and regulations?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
      • 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 No Information available
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)

        Excerpt from standard:

        Graphic Paper/Tissue Paper and Tissue Products As a prerequisite, the pulp and paper production site must meet all respective legal requirements of the country in which it is located. Assessment and verification: The applicant shall provide a declaration of compliance, supported by relevant documentation and declarations from the pulp supplier(s).

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        Criterion 1: Emissions to water and air

      • Does the standard include criteria on mitigating negative environmental impacts prior to production/operation?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
      • 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: Not covered
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
      • Does the standard include criteria on stakeholder engagement to achieve environmental targets?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
  • Quality
    1/1
    • Does the standard include criteria on the fitness for use of the product for the intended purpose?
      Answer: Yes
      Degree of Obligation: Immediately
      Score: 1/1
      Possible answers
      • No (0 points)
      • Yes (1 point)

      Excerpt from standard:

      The paper product shall be suitable for its purpose. Assessment and verification: The applicant shall provide a declaration of compliance with this criterion supported by appropriate documentation. Producers shall guarantee the fitness for use of their products, providing documentation that demonstrates the product quality in accordance with EN ISO/IEC 17050. The standard provides general criteria for suppliers' declaration of conformity with normative documents.

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      Criterion 6 — Fitness for use


So­cio-E­co­nom­ic 0%

  • Freedom of Association
  • Collective Bargaining
  • Written labour contract(s)
  • Prohibition of Forced Labour
  • Minimum Age/ ILO 138
  • Prohibition of the Worst Forms of Child Labour/ ILO 182
  • Equal Remuneration / ILO 100
  • Non-Discrimination
  • Criteria on Working Hours
  • Rights Apply to Sub-Contractors
  • Occupational Health and Safety / ILO 155
  • Social & Cultural Rights and Community Engagement
    0/7
    • Local Economic Development
      0/4
      • 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: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
      • Does the standard include criteria relating to hiring workers from local communities?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
      • Does the standard include criteria on investment in community development beyond the business' operations?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
      • Does the standard include criteria on not adversely affecting local communities and neighboring small producers access to livelihoods (especially land and water)?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
    • Community Rights
      0/3
      • Does the standard include criteria on dispute resolution mechanisms for affected communities?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
      • Does the standard include criteria on the protection of local historical, archaeological, cultural, and spiritual properties and sites?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
  • Labour Rights and Working Conditions
    0/45
    • ILO Core Conventions
      0/7
      • Does the standard include criteria on freedom of association and the right to organize as described in ILO 87?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
      • Does the standard include criteria on the right to collective bargaining, as laid down by ILO 98?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
      • Does the standard prohibit forced and compulsory labour as defined in ILO 29 and ILO 105?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
      • Does the standard include criteria on the prohibition of child labour as defined under ILO 138?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
      • Does the standard cover requirements on the prohibition of the worst forms of child labour as defined under ILO 182?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
      • Does the standard address the payment of equal wages as defined in ILO 100?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
      • Does the standard include criteria on the non-discrimination in the workplace, as defined in ILO 111?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
    • Labour Rights
      0/24
      • Voluntary Labour
        0/2
        • Does the standard prohibit the withholding of workers' documents?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)
        • Does the standard include criteria on the freedom of movemenent of employees?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)
      • Child Labour
        0/3
        • Does the standard require verification and documentation of age of (young) workers?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)
        • Does the standard require that assistance be provided to replaced child workers?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)
        • Does the standard include criteria on special treatment of young workers?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)
      • Gender
        0/3
        • 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
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)
        • Does the standard include criteria on the right to maternity leave (as defined in ILO 183)?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/2
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)
      • Non-Discrimination
        0/1
        • Does the standard include criteria on the non-discrimination of persons with disabilities?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)
      • Wages and Benefits
        0/8
        • 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: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)
        • Does the standard require paying legal minimum wages?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)
        • Does the standard require the provision of social benefits?
          Answer: No Information available
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
        • Does the standard require compensating overtime?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/2
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)
        • Does the standard require paid leave?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)
        • 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: 0/2
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)
      • Working Hours
        0/1
        • Does the standard include criteria on working hours, rest days or overtime?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)
      • Scope of Labour Rights
        0/3
        • Do worker's rights and benefits set out by the standard apply to all forms of work?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)
        • Do the standard's rights and benefits for workers also apply to sub-contracted labour?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)
        • Does the standard include criteria on the establishment of labour contracts compliant with national legal requirements?
          Answer: No No Information available
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)
      • Other Labour Rights
        0/3
        • 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: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)
        • Does the standard include criteria on worker grievance mechanisms?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)
        • Does the standard include requirements on setting up policies or procedures to manage basic labour rights in the workplace?
          Answer: No Information available
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
    • Health and Safety
      0/14
      • Occupational Health and Safety
        0/11
        • Does the standard prohibit harassment or abuse of workers?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)
        • Does the standard include criteria on occupational health and safety, as defined in ILO 155?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/2
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)
        • Does the standard include requirements on workplace conditions?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)
        • Does the standard require policies and procedures to manage health and safety in the workplace?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)
        • Does the standard include criteria on the access to basic medical services for workers?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/2
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)
        • 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: 0/2
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)
        • Does the standard require that workers have access to safe drinking water?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)
        • Does the standard require access to clean and improved sanitation facilities?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)
      • Building and Fire Safety
        0/3
        • Does the standard include criteria on building safety?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)
        • Does the standard cover fire-preparedness?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)
        • Does the standard include criteria on evacuation safety and emergency management plan?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)
  • Business Practice and Ethical Issues
    0/12
    • Economic Development and Fair Business Practice
      0/9
      • Economic Sustainability
        0/4
        • Does the standard include criteria on the provision of professional training for workers?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)
        • Does the standard include criteria on business viability?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)
        • Does the standard include criteria on management plans for continuous improvement?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)
        • Does the standard include criteria on improving productivity?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)
      • Legality
        0/2
        • Does the standard include criteria on business legality?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)
        • Does the standard include a requirement for compliance with relevant local, regional and national laws and regulations?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)
      • Responsible Sourcing Practices
        0/3
        • Does the standard include criteria on fair prices or price premiums?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)
        • Does the standard's rights and benefits for workers also apply to input suppliers?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)
        • Does the standard include criteria on reducing time pressure for suppliers?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)
    • Corruption and Bribery
      0/3
      • Does the standard include criteria for the production processes beyond primary production?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
      • 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: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
      • 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: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
  • Company Responsibility
    0/2
    • Impact Assessment
      0/2
      • Does the standard include criteria on assessing the impacts of operations on human rights?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)

Which lifecycle phases are covered by the standard?

Raw materials extraction and production

Cultivation of fibers (e.g. wood), alternatively recycled fibers (waste paper) can be used

Manufacturing

Pulp is made from the primary fibers, which is then further processed into paper in several steps. When using recycled fibers, old printing ink must first be removed

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 paper or return to the cycle (recycling)