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Cred­ib­il­ity

En­vir­on­ment

So­cio-E­co­nom­ic

  • Aim/Focus
  • Standard organisation
  • Good to know
The Nordic Swan Ecolabel works to reduce the environmental impact from production and consumption of goods and services – and to make it easy for consumers and professional buyers to choose the environmentally best goods.
The Nordic Swan Ecolabel was established in 1989 and is the official environmental label of the Nordic countries (Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Iceland). The requirements are defined by the Nordic Ecolabelling Board with representatives from all countries. There are ecolabelling offices by appointment of the national governments in all the capitals where applications can be handled. The information, including all criteria sets in English are presented on www.nordic-ecolabel.org.
It is possible to obtain a certification with the Nordic Swan Ecolabel within 54 different product criteria/standards counting more than 200 different product types. Currently, more than 35.000 different products are sold with the Nordic Swan ecolabel in the Nordic countries and the number is growing.

Cred­ib­il­ity 75%

  • 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
    15/21
  • Standard-Setting
    13/16
    • 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)
    • 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: Invitation only
      Score: 1/2
      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: Yes
      Score: 1/1
      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)
    • 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)

      Source:

    • 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: No
      Score: 0/2
      Possible answers
      • Yes (on request) (1 point)
      • Yes, publicly (2 points)
      • No (0 points)

      Source:

      Nordic Swan is an ISO 14024 type 1 Ecolabelling system

  • Assurance
    28/38
    • Assurance System
      14/17
      • 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)
      • 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)

        Source:

        O25 Quality of laundry detergent and stain remover The licensee must guarantee that the quality of the Nordic Swan Ecolabelled product does not deteriorate during the validity period of the licence. Procedures for archiving claims and, where necessary, dealing with claims and complaints regarding the quality of the Nordic Swan Ecolabelled laundry detergent or stain remover The claims archive is checked on site. Criteria document - version 8.2.pdf

      • Does the scheme owner make, or require CABs to make, summary certification/verification reports (with personal and commercially sensitive information removed) available?
        Answer: No (confidential)
        Score: 1/2
        Possible answers
        • No (no reports) (0 points)
        • No (confidential) (1 point)
        • Yes (on request) (1 point)
        • Yes publicly (2 points)

        Source:

        Laundry Detergents and Stain Removers, version 8.3, 24 August 2021

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

        Source:

        Laundry Detergents and Stain Removers, version 8.3, 24 August 2021

      • Does the scheme owner maintain or require CABs to maintain a publicly accessible list of certified or verified enterprises, or a list of verified products/product groups, or a list of members (in case of membership-based initiatives)?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/2
        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: Annual
        Score: 1/1
        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: yes
        Score: 1/1
        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:
        Score: 1/1
        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
      12/15
      • 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)

          Source:

          Criteria document - version 8.2.pdf

        • Does the scheme owner define guidelines for decision-making to ensure that CABs use consistent procedures for determining compliance of clients with the standard?
          Answer: Yes
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers
          • Yes (1 point)
          • No (0 points)

          Source:

          The text describes how the applicant shall demonstrate fulfilment of each requirement. There are also icons in the text to make this clearer. These icons are: Enclose Requirement checked on site Criteria document - version 8.2.pdf

        • 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:

          Laundry Detergents and Stain Removers, version 8.3, 24 August 2021

      • Sustainability Audits
        3/6
        • Does the scheme owner require CABs to be compliant with ISO/IEC 17065, ISO/IEC 17021, ISO/IEC 17020 or equivalent?
          Answer: No
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)
          • Not Applicable (0 points)
        • At least how often do clients undergo a full audit process?
          Answer: Not Applicable
          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)

          Source:

          Regular auditing only takes place during initial assessment (and then after criteria revision).

        • Is the frequency of an audit based in part on a risk assessment of the client?
          Answer: Yes
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers
          • Yes (1 point)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          Nordic Ecolabelling may decide to check whether the laundry detergent or stain remower fulfils Nordic Ecolabelling requirements during the licence period. This may involve a site visit, random sampling or similar test. The licence may be revoked if it is evident that laundry detergent or stain remower does not meet the requirements. Random samples may also be taken in-store and analysed by an independent laboratory. If the requirements are not met, Nordic Ecolabelling may charge the analysis costs to the licensee.

        • What type of activities are CABs required to undertake during a full audit?
          Answer: Document review on-site
          Score: 1/2
          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:

          Depends on the criterion. If an on-site check is required, this is indicated accordingly in the criteria document: The text describes how the applicant shall demonstrate fulfilment of each requirement. There are also icons in the text to make this clearer. These icons are: Enclose Requirement checked on site

        • Does the scheme owner allow or require CABs to do unscheduled audits?
          Answer: Allowed
          Score: 1/2
          Possible answers
          • Allowed (1 point)
          • Required (2 points)
          • Not allowed (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          Nordic Ecolabelling may decide to check whether the laundry detergent or stain remower fulfils Nordic Ecolabelling requirements during the licence period. This may involve a site visit, random sampling or similar test. The licence may be revoked if it is evident that laundry detergent or stain remower does not meet the requirements. Random samples may also be taken in-store and analysed by an independent laboratory. If the requirements are not met, Nordic Ecolabelling may charge the analysis costs to the licensee. Criteria document - version 8.2.pdf

        • 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: Not Applicable
          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: Not Applicable
          Possible answers
          • Yes (1 point)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
        • 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
        6/6
        • 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)

          Source:

          Criteria document - version 8.2.pdf

        • 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:

          Criteria document - version 8.2.pdf

        • Are there rules on random sampling and testing for the compliance monitoring?
          Answer: Yes
          Score: 1/1
          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:

          Criteria document - version 8.2.pdf

    • Auditor Competencies
      0/0
      • Does the scheme owner define specific qualifications and competencies for CAB auditors?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        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: Not Applicable
        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: Not Applicable
        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: Not Applicable
        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: Not Applicable
        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: Not Applicable
        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: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
    • Accreditation / Oversight
      2/6
      • 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)
      • 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: No
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • How often do assurance providers undergo a full accreditation or oversight assessment?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        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: Not Applicable
        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: Not Applicable
        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
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

      • Does the scheme owner require ABs or oversight bodies to have a procedure in place for how CABs are required to address non-conformities using a corrective action process?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • Yes (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: Not Applicable
        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
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

      • 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
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
  • Claims & Traceability
    7/9
    • 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
      5/7
      • 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)

        Source:

      • 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: No
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner require surveillance of the accurate use of claims and labels in the market, including a complaints mechanism to report misuse?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • 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: No
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        Visual evidence

      • Does the scheme have a procedure that defines specific consequences of misuse of claims?

En­vir­on­ment 80%

  • Aquatic Toxicity
  • Biodegradability of Substances
  • Chemicals harmful to human health
  • Quantity of Packaging
  • Recyclability of Packaging Material
  • Consumer information regarding sustainable use and disposal of product
  • Chemicals
    11/12
    • Chemical Use
      11/12
      • 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:

        01: Safety data sheets for each raw material in line with prevailing European legislation (Annex II to REACH Regulation, 1907/2006/EC) O5: Safety data sheet for each raw material in line with European legislation (Annex II to REACH, Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006). The product must not be classified with any of the hazard classes described in Table O2. Safety data sheet for the product in line with prevailing European legislation (Annex II to REACH Regulation, 1907/2006/EC). O6 Substances evaluated by the EU to be PBT (persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic) or vPvB (very persistent and very bioaccumulative), in accordance with the criteria in Annex XIII of REACH and substances that have not yet been investigated, but which meet these criteria.

        Referenzdokumente:

        O1 Description of the product O5 Classification of ingoing substances O6 Prohibited substances

      • Does the standard include criteria on ready biodegradability of substances?
        Answer: Basic: Monitor and restrict use
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 1/2
        Possible answers
        • Basic: Monitor and restrict use (1 point)
        • Advanced: Prohibit use (2 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        The product’s total content of substances that are not aerobically biodegradable (aNBO) and/or not anaerobically biodegradable (anNBO) shall not exceed the limits stated in Table O13. Note that all surfactants must be aerobically and anaerobically biodegradable in accordance with O7. See also the exemption from the requirement of anaerobic biodegradability for substances which are not surfactants (Appendix 1, item 6, Anaerobic biodegradability). Table O13: Limit values for aNBO and anNBO Product type Water hardness aNBO anNBO Heavy-duty laundry detergent (normally soiled) 5.5°dH 0.50 g/kg wash 1.00 g/kg wash Light-duty laundry detergent (lightly soiled) 5.5°dH 0.30 g/kg wash 0.30 g/kg wash Stain-removers (in-wash) Not applicable 0.10 g/kg wash 0.10 g/kg wash Stain-removers (pre-treatment) Not applicable 0.10 g/kg wash 0.10 g/kg wash O7 Surfactants All surfactants must be readily biodegradable according to test method No 301 A–F or No 310 in OECD guidelines for testing of chemicals or other equivalent test methods evaluated by an independent body and controlled by Nordic Ecolabelling. All surfactants must be anaerobically biodegradable in accordance with ISO 11734, ECETOC No 28, OECD 311 or equivalent testing methods evaluated by an independent body and controlled by Nordic Ecolabelling, where a minimum of 60 % degradability under anaerobic conditions is achieved.

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        O13 Biodegradability - aerobic and anaerobic (aNBO and anNBO) O7 Surfactants

      • Does the standard include criteria on H statements?
        Answer: Advanced: Prohibit use with exemptions for some ingredients
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • Basic: Restrict use by e.g. a risk based approach (1 point)
        • Advanced: Prohibit use with exemptions for some ingredients (2 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        O2 The product must not be classified with any of the hazard classes described in Table O2. Safety data sheet for the product in line with prevailing European legislation (Annex II to REACH Regulation, 1907/2006/EC). O6 Substances evaluated by the EU to be PBT (persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic) or vPvB (very persistent and very bioaccumulative), in accordance with the criteria in Annex XIII of REACH and substances that have not yet been investigated, but which meet these criteria.

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        O2 Classification of the product O6 Prohibited substances

      • Does the scheme include criteria on other substances which have impact on human health and the environment?
        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:

        The product must not be classified with any of the hazard classes described in Table O2: Respiratory or skin sensitisation** Resp. Sens. 1, 1A or 1B Skin Sens. 1, 1A or 1B H334 H317 ** Products labelled with EUH208 (“Contains <name of sensitising substance>. May produce an allergic reaction.”) are restricted as follows: • Products that are primarily used in an open system (stain removers that are applied directly on clothes or spray products) cannot be Nordic Swan Ecolabelled if labelled with EUH208. • Other products labelled with EUH208 can be Nordic Swan Ecolabelled only if the sensitising substance is an enzyme that is exempt under the conditions stated in requirement O5.

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        O2 Classification of the product

      • Does the standard include criteria on limitations of aquatic toxicity of the product?
        Answer: Advanced: Definition of a product specific critical dilution volume
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • Basic: Limitation of aquatic toxicity (1 point)
        • Advanced: Definition of a product specific critical dilution volume (2 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        The product’s critical dilution volume (CDV) shall not exceed the limit values for CDVchronic in table O12. Table O12 CDV limit values Product type Water hardness CDVchronic Heavy-duty laundry detergent (normally soiled) 5.5°dH 31,500 l/kg wash Light-duty laundry detergent (lightly soiled) 5.5°dH 15,000 l/kg wash Stain-removers (in-wash) Not applicable 7,500 l/kg wash Stain-removers (pre-treatment) Not applicable 3,500 l/kg wash CDV is calculated using the following formula for all substances in the product: CDVchronic = Σ CDVi = Σ (dosei x DFi x 1000 / TFi chronic) dosei = the constituent volume of each individual substance “i”, in g/kg wash DFi = degradation factor for substance “i”, in accordance with the DID list TFi chronic = chronic toxicity factor for substance “i”, in accordance with the DID list. If TFi chronic is lacking, TFi acute can be used.

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        O12 Critical dilution volume (CDV)

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

        Excerpt from standard:

        The following substances must not be present in the product: {...} • Microplastics Microplastic means particles with a size of below 5 mm of insoluble macromolecular plastic, obtained through one of the following processes: (a) a polymerisation process such as polyaddition or polycondensation or a similar process using monomers or other starting substances; (b) chemical modification of natural or synthetic macromolecules; (c) microbial fermentation.

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        O6 Prohibited substances

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

        Excerpt from standard:

        The product group “laundry detergents and stain removers” encompasses laundry detergents and stain removers in powder, tablets, liquids, gel or any other form.

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        What can carry the Nordic Ecolabel?

  • Water
    0/2
    • 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)

        Excerpt from standard:

        Water and energy consumption shall be monitored and recorded in order to ensure equal testing conditions.

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        2 Washing machines and wash programmes 2.1 Washing machine

  • Inputs
    4/4
    • Packaging
      4/4
      • Does the standard include criteria on the quantity of packaging?
        Answer: Advanced: Defined calculations to measure the quantity of packaging
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • Basic: General requirement to minimize the amount of material used (1 point)
        • Advanced: Defined calculations to measure the quantity of packaging (2 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        O19 Recycling and recycled material in packaging • It must be possible to recycle the main materials in the primary packaging* in today's existing material recirculation systems in the Nordic countries. Incineration with energy recovery is not considered to be material recovery. The main materials are defined as the materials making up 90% or more of the individual components (ref. requirement O22). Exemption: Cardboard packaging for liquid products must contain a minimum of 60% paper/cardboard (ref. requirement O21). • All hard/rigid plastic packaging must contain a minimum 50 % (by weight, calculated on the total mass of the bottle/box/container, closure and label) post-consumer/commercial recycled material (PCR)**. • Paper/cardboard-based packaging must contain a minimum 90 % (by weight) post-consumer recycled material (PCR)**. An exemption is made for corrugated board where minimum 50 % (by weight) post consumer/commercial recycled material** is required, and for cardboard packaging for liquid products, which does not need to contain PCR. *The packaging includes box/bottle/container/flexible pouches, labels and closures (e.g. caps, lids). ** Post-consumer/commercial recycled material is defined in the requirement according to ISO 14021:2016: "Post-consumer/commercial" is defined as material generated by households or by commercial, industrial and institutional facilities in their role as end-users of the product, which can no longer be used for its intended purpose. This includes returns of material from the distribution chain. O20 Design for recycling of packaging (except plastic pouches and cardboard packaging for liquid products) Packaging should have a design that enables material recovery. This means that: • The individual components of the primary plastic packaging (excluding labels) must be made from monomaterial of polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP) or polyethylene terephthalate (PET). Exemption is made for spray triggers in stain removers that can contain following plastics in small technical details: polyoxymethylene (POM), expanded polyethylene (EPE), ethylene butyl acrylate copolymer (EBA), synthetic rubber copolymer of acrylonitrile and butadiene (NBR). Exemption is made for PE- or PP-closures that are used in squeeze bottles. The closures can contain a TPE (thermoplastic elastomer)-membrane of the type TPE-PE (based on polyethylene), TPE-PP (based on polypropylene) or SEBS (Styrene-Ethylene-Butylene-Styrene thermoplastic elastomer). If the closure is to be used on a PET-bottle, the membrane must have a density below 1.0 g/cm3. •It is not allowed to add pigments to PET used for box/bottle/container.Coloured, recycled PET-granulate where the pigment originates from therecycled material is allowed for use. •Carbon black pigments can not be added to the box/bottle/container of PE orPP or closures. Exemption is made for small amounts of carbon black used inother colours than black. It must then be documented that the NIR sensorreads and sorts the box/bottle/container or the closure to the correct plasticfraction. •Silicone is not allowed in closures •Barriers are not allowed in plastic packaging •Fillers (such as CaCO3) cannot be included in PE or PP box/bottle/containerand closures at a level that the density of the plastic exceeds 0.995g / cm3. •Metal must not be part of the packaging (box/bottle/container, closure orlabel). Exemption is made for pump bottles, where metal spring can be used •Polystyrene (PS) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) or plastics based on othertypes of halogenated polymers must not be present in the label or thecardboard packaging. •PET-G (polyethylene terephthalate glycol-modified) cannot be used inlabels/shrink-film labels •Labels/shrink film labels shall not cover more than a maximum of 60 % of thesurface of the box/bottle/container. The calculation of the percentage shall bebased on the two-dimensional profile of the box/bottle/container i.e. the areaof the top and bottom of the packaging and the sides of a box/container/bottle/can shall not be included in the calculation. If the label onthe front of pack and back of pack are of different size, the maximumpercentage of 60% shall be fulfilled for each side separately. For a cylindricalbottle, the calculation can also be based on the three-dimensional profileexclusive bottom and top of the bottleAn exemption to the maximumrequirement of 60% applies if the label/shrink film label is made of the sameplastic as the bottle. Please note that foil that is not removed before use of the product is counted as part of the formulation/ingredient, and not as packaging. Please note: The Nordic Ecolabelling will start a project on labels to see if more requirements on labels should be included in the requirements. There will be a decision made in March 2021 including a plan for implementation. Flexible plastic pouches Plastic packaging should have a design that enables material recovery. This means that: • The plastic packaging (incl. closure, excl. label) must be made from Polyethylene (PE), Polypropylene (PP) or Polyethylene terephthalate (PET). • The pouch/bag must be made of monomaterial, i.e. not laminates with layers of different materials. Barrier coating of EVOH (Ethylene vinyl alcohol) is allowed in maximum amounts of 2% related to the total weight. • Carbon black pigments can not be added to the pouch or closures. Exemption is made for text and pictograms. Exemption is also made for small amounts of carbon black used in other colours than black. It must then be documented that the NIR sensor reads and sorts the pouch or the closure to the correct plastic fraction. • Fillers (such as CaCO3) cannot be included in PE or PP packaging (incl. closures) at a level that the density of the plastic exceeds 0.995g / cm3. • Polystyrene (PS) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) or plastics based on other types of halogenated plastics must not be present in the label. • Silicone is not allowed in closures Please note that foil that is not removed before use of the product is counted as part of the formulation/ingredient, and not as packaging. Cardboard packaging for liquid products • Cardboard packaging for liquid products must contain at least 60% paper/paperboard. • Tree species listed on Nordic Ecolabelling's list of prohibited tree species must not be used in pulp/paperboard. The list of prohibited tree species is located on the website: www.nordic-ecolabel.org/wood/ • Paper/paperboard: A minimum of 70% of the wood raw material that are used in the paper/cardboard must originate from forestry certified under the FSC or PEFC schemes. Alternatively, the raw material can be recycled (PCR)*, or a combination of the two. The remaining proportion of wood raw material must be covered by the FSC/PEFC control schemes (FSC controlled wood/PEFC controlled sources). • At least 90% by weight of the primary packaging must be made of bio-based material** or post-consumer/commercial recycled material (PCR)* or a combination of these. A mass balance approach is permitted. • Palm oil and soy cannot be used as a raw material in the production of bio-based plastic. For bio-based plastic that originates from sugar cane: Sugar cane must be certified according to a standard that meets Nordic Ecolabelling’s requirements for raw material standards. This requirement does not apply for secondary raw materials*** • PVC or plastic based on other types of halogenated plastics must not be used. • Aluminum and other metals must not be used. • Packaging that is Nordic Swan Ecolabelled according to the criteria for Nordic Ecolabelling for Packaging for Liquid Foods, and that consists mainly of paper/paperboard (fibre), can be used without further documentation of requirement O19 or O21. The Weight-Utility Ratio (WUR) in O22 must still be documented. * Post-consumer/commercial recycled material is defined in the requirement according to ISO 14021:2016: "Post-consumer/commercial" is defined as material generated by households or by commercial, industrial and institutional facilities in their role as end-users of the product, which can no longer be used for its intended purpose. This includes returns of material from the distribution chain. ** Bio-based means that the material consists of biomass that may have undergone physical, chemical or biological treatment(s). Biomass has a biological origin, but excludes material that is found embedded in geological and/or fossil formations. Examples of biomass are: (all or parts of) plants, trees, algae, marine organisms, microorganisms, animals, etc. ***Secondary raw materials are defined here as residual products from other production processes, such as waste products from the food industry, by-products such as straw from grain production, by-products from maize and dried palm leaves. PFAD from palm oil is not counted as a residual/waste product. The weight/utility ratio of the product and its packaging must not exceed the following values: Product type WUR Laundry detergents in plastic-based* packaging 1.1 g/kg wash Stain removers in plastic-based* packaging 0.7 g/kg wash Solid products in paper-based** packaging 1.0 g/kg wash Liquid products in cardboard packaging 1.0 g/kg wash * Packaging made of more than 90% plastic. ** Packaging made of more than 90% paper/cardboard. Packaging with both plastic and carboard that can be manually separated (e.g. bag in a box or cardboard box with a plastic closure or handle) need to use a weighed calculation that takes into account both materials. This kind of packaging, consisting of X % plastic and Y % cardboard should fulfil the WUR-limit X/100*WUR (plastic-based packaging) + Y/100*WUR (paper-based packaging). Other types of packaging can currently not be used. Exemption: Cardboard packaging for liquid products must contain a minimum of 60% paper/cardboard (ref. requirement O21). The WUR is calculated only for primary packaging (including caps, labels, handles, spraying devices etc.) using the formula below: WUR = Σ [(Wi + Ui)/(Di * ri)] Where: Wi = the weight (g) of the packaging component (i) including the label if applicable. Ui = the weight (g) of non-recycled (virgin) material in the packaging component (i). If the proportion of recycled material in the packaging component is 0 % then Ui = Wi. Di = the number of functional units contained in the packaging component (i). The functional unit = reference dosage in g/kg wash. ri = recycling figure, i.e. the number of times the packaging component (i) is used for the same purpose through a return or refill system. The default value for r is set to 1 (= no re-use). Only if the applicant can document that the packaging component is re-used for the same purpose and how many times, a higher value for r can be used in the calculation.

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        O19 Recycling and recycled material in packaging O20 Design for recycling of packaging (except plastic pouches and cardboard packaging for liquid products) O21 Design for recycling of flexible plastic pouches/bags and cardboard packaging for liquid products O22 Weight-Utility Ratio (WUR)

      • Does the standard include criteria on the packaging material in order to facilitate recycling?
        Answer: Advanced: Recyclability of packaging material AND the use of recycled material in packaging
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • Basic: Either recyclability of packaging material OR the use of recycled material in packaging (1 point)
        • Advanced: Recyclability of packaging material AND the use of recycled material in packaging (2 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        It must be possible to recycle the main materials in the primary packaging* in today's existing material recirculation systems in the Nordic countries. Incineration with energy recovery is not considered to be material recovery. The main materials are defined as the materials making up 90% or more of the individual components (ref. requirement O22). Exemption: Cardboard packaging for liquid products must contain a minimum of 60% paper/cardboard (ref. requirement O21). • All hard/rigid plastic packaging must contain a minimum 50 % (by weight, calculated on the total mass of the bottle/box/container, closure and label) post-consumer/commercial recycled material (PCR)**. • Paper/cardboard-based packaging must contain a minimum 90 % (by weight) post-consumer recycled material (PCR)**. An exemption is made for corrugated board where minimum 50 % (by weight) post consumer/commercial recycled material** is required, and for cardboard packaging for liquid products, which does not need to contain PCR.

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        O19 Recycling and recycled material in packaging

  • Energy & Climate
    1/2
    • Climate Change Mitigation
      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: Increase efficiency OR increase use of renewables (2 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        Water and energy consumption shall be monitored and recorded in order to ensure equal testing conditions.

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        2 Washing machines and wash programmes 2.1 Washing machine

  • Waste and Air Pollution
    1/2
    • Waste Management
      1/2
      • Does the standard include criteria on volumes of waste?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
      • Does the scheme include criteria on consumer information on the sustainable use and disposal of the product?
        Answer: Advanced: Consumer information on the sustainable use of the product
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • Basic: -
        • Advanced: Consumer information on the sustainable use of the product (1 point)

        Excerpt from standard:

        O14 Dosage instructions a) Water hardness for the recommended dosage must be stated (in German degrees ºdH). Indications of the most prevalent water hardness in each Nordic country where the product is on sale, or where this information can be found, shall be provided. b) For liquid products contained in a conventional bottle it must be possible to use the closure as a dosing device. (This does not apply for products that are intended for auto dosing machines only.) A scale on the closure as well as a picture on the label is required. c) For products that does not have a cap of sufficient volume to be used as a dosing device (eg a squeeze bottle or a carton for liquids) an alternative method, eg. dosing scale on the bottle/carton is accepted. The bottle/carton should be designed so that the detergent can be dosed conveniently and accurately. d) For product formats where neither a cap nor a dosing scale is feasible (eg. liquid product in flexible pouch or powder detergent in box), the label shall contain advice on how correct dosage can be readily achieved. Eg. “Use a table spoon or a kitchen measuring cup in order to dose the correct amount of powder. A normal table spoon equals 15 ml (15 grams) of product”. If separate dosage equipment is made available in order to ensure correct dosing (eg measuring scope, measuring ball), the equipment shall fulfil all relevant packaging requirements (see chapter 9 Packaging). 015 Washing guidance on packaging The following three washing advices (or equivalent) shall appear on the packaging of laundry detergents (not applicable for stain removers). The washing advices may be present either as text or symbols. • Preferably wash with full load. • Dose correctly according to the degree of soiling and water hardness. Overdosing does not make the laundry any cleaner and is harmful to the environment. • Reduce the temperature of your normal wash programmes to reduce energy consumption. O16 Recycling guidance on packaging It must be stated on the packaging how it should be sorted for recycling by the consumer. I.e. is most commonly as plastics or as cardboard. Text or symbols can be used.

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        O14 Dosage instructions O15 Washing guidance on packaging O16 Recycling guidance on packaging

  • Environmental Management
    2/2
    • Does the standard include criteria on environmental policy or management instruments (like EMAS or ISO 14001)?
      Answer: Advanced: Certification (third party) of final manufacturing plant
      Degree of Obligation: Immediately
      Score: 2/2
      Possible answers
      • Basic: Verification (self-declaration) of final manufacturing plant (1 point)
      • Advanced: Certification (third party) of final manufacturing plant (2 points)

      Excerpt from standard:

      "To ensure that Nordic Ecolabelling requirements are fulfilled, the following procedures must be implemented. If the manufacturer’s environmental management system is certified to ISO 14 001 or EMAS, and the following procedures implemented, it is sufficient for the accredited auditor to certify that the requirements are observed.(...)"

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      2 Quality and regulatory requirements

  • Quality
    1/1
    • Quality and Suitability
      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 fitness for use shall be documented by use of the Nordic Ecolabelling Performance Test for laundry detergents and stain removers (Appendix 5). The performance of coloursafe detergent at the recommended dosage on normally soiled clothing must be satisfactory at 30 °C compared to the reference detergent tested at 40 °C. The performance for detergents for white wash and for stain removers must by the recommended dosage on normally soiled clothing be satisfactory at 40 °C compared to the reference detergent tested at 40 °C. For detergents for delicates the performance must be satisfactory at the recommended dosage to lightly soiled clothing at 30 °C compared to water, which also is tested at 30 °C. Please note that all the products must always pass the performance test at the lowest temperature stated on the packaging or in another marketing material. If lower washing temperature than the normal temperature for the product type is stated (for example 30 ºC stated on white wash), the washing efficiency must be determined at this temperature. For cold water products (see the definition R18), the temperature should maximum be 20 °C. The reference is still to be washed at 40 °C for all product types except for detergents for delicates, where the reference is to be washed at 30 °C. The weight/utility ratio of the product and its packaging must not exceed the following values: Product type WUR Laundry detergents in plastic-based* packaging 1.1 g/kg wash Stain removers in plastic-based* packaging 0.7 g/kg wash Solid products in paper-based** packaging 1.0 g/kg wash Liquid products in cardboard packaging 1.0 g/kg wash Packaging with both plastic and carboard that can be manually separated (e.g. bag in a box or cardboard box with a plastic closure or handle) need to use a weighed calculation that takes into account both materials. This kind of packaging, consisting of X % plastic and Y % cardboard should fulfil the WUR-limit X/100*WUR (plastic-based packaging) + Y/100*WUR (paper-based packaging). Other types of packaging can currently not be used. Exemption: Cardboard packaging for liquid products must contain a minimum of 60% paper/cardboard (ref. requirement O21).

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        O18 Fitness for use O22 Weight-Utility Ratio (WUR)


So­cio-E­co­nom­ic 8%

  • Verification of Core Labour Standards along the Supply Chain
  • Equal Opportunities
  • CSR Strategy
  • Labour Rights and Working Conditions
    0/4
    • ILO Core Conventions
      0/2
      • Does the standard require compliance with (at least) all ILO core labour standards for different suppliers along the supply chain?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
    • Health and Safety
      0/2
      • 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)
  • Business Practice and Ethical Issues
    1/2
    • Economic Development and Fair Business Practice
      1/1
      • Does the standard include a requirement for compliance with relevant local, regional and national laws and regulations?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)

        Excerpt from standard:

        The licensee shall ensure compliance with all applicable local laws and provisions at all production facilities for the Nordic Swan Ecolabelled product, e.g. with regard to safety, working environment, environmental legislation and site-specific terms/permits.

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        O29 Legislation and regulations

    • Corruption and Bribery
      0/1
      • Does the standard include criteria on the prevention of corruption and bribery?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
  • Company Responsibility
    0/7
    • Company Responsibility in Europe
      0/5
      • Does the standard require the implementation of measures that aim at generating equal economic opportunities for women and men?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
      • Does the standard require the definition of a company-wide CSR strategy?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
      • Does the standard include criteria on community engagement?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
      • Does the standard include requirements on measures that aim at managing demographic change?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
    • 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 renewable raw materials (e.g. palm oil) and/or extraction and production of ingredients

Manufacturing

Production of detergents and cleaning agents by the mixing of various ingredients (vegetable or petroleum-based)

Transportation / distribution

Transport routes from one production stage to the next and to end users

Products use and consumption

Usage of detergents and cleaning agents

End-of-life

Proper disposal of packaging along with degradability and toxicity of the product (in water) after its use