Social & eco certifications

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Are any of your business's products or services covered by a third party environmental certification scheme?

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This Scorecard is due to be updated in 2018

Environmental impact is becoming an increasingly important issue across the globe. Environmental certification of products or services generally indicates that the product or service minimises its negative impact on the environment in comparison to similar products or services. This is generally accomplished by meeting certain third-party standards, e.g. an independent certification process to ensure that timber is harvested in a way that protects the forest ecosystem or an organic certification standard that prohibits the use of artificial fertilisers and pesticides.

Environmental or 'green' certifications therefore act as an independent guarantee for consumers. Misleading, false, meaningless or unclear information can result in consumers losing confidence in environmental claims and labels in general, can lead to unfair competition and discourage companies from making truthful claims. For these reasons, the EU-wide Ecolabel scheme was introduced in 1992, going beyond the pre-existing, national ecolabels that are often only recognised within national borders.

Businesses that use environmental certification schemes benefit by:

  • Demonstrating environmental responsibility
  • Reducing costs
  • Attracting new customers
  • Complying with environmental legislation
  • Working towards internationally-recognised environmental guidelines (such as ISO 14001 or Eco-Management and Audit Scheme) and other management schemes.

For the purposes of this question, it might be the case that an entire company, certain products or services, or the production method are certified. In this context, all types of companies can benefit from using environmental certifications.

Eco-labelling

'Eco-labelling' is an effective way of telling customers about the environmental impacts of selected products and informing the choices they make. It empowers customers to discriminate between products that are harmful to the environment and those that are less so. A selection of credible schemes is listed by the Eco Label Index.

Organic

'Organic' is used to describe food grown without artificial fertilisers and pesticides and with emphasis on crop rotation to ensure the longevity of the life of the soil. Animals must be reared without the use of excessive medicines or chemicals. Certification requirements generally involve a set of production standards.

Answering YES

All Businesses MUST

State their business sector

Say whether the company itself is certified and/or specify which products or services are certified and/or a product’s components are certified, e.g. organic ingredients in a food item

Identify the labelling scheme(s) used

All Businesses MAY

Explain any philosophy or values which support their actions

Describe any plans to expand certification in the future

Answering NO

All Businesses MUST

Explain why they do not use a credible certification scheme that exists for their business sector, listing any business reasons, mitigating circumstances or other reasons that apply company philosophy or values which support their actions

All Businesses MAY

Discuss any future plans regarding environmental certification and labelling.

Answering NOT APPLICABLE

All Businesses MUST

Confirm that there is no credible environmental certification available for their products or services

All Businesses MAY

Describe any environmental benefits of their products or services

DON'T KNOW is not a permissible answer to this question

NOT APPLICABLE is not a permissible answer to this question

Version 1

To receive a score of 'Excellent'

Ensuring all products and services are covered by third party certification schemes is a strategic issue

Examples of policies and practices which may support an EXCELLENT statement (not all must be observed, enough should be evidenced to give comfort that the statement is the best of the four for the business being scored):

  1. Gets involved with third party certification schemes is a key part of their philosophy
  2. All guidelines are clearly communicated throughout their workforce and across their supply chain
  3. Collaborates with organisations to develop certification schemes
To receive a score of 'Good'

A big number of the products and services are covered by a third party certification schemes

Examples of policies and practices which may support a GOOD statement (not all must be observed, enough should be evidenced to give comfort that the statement is the best of the four for the business being scored):

  1. Keeps up-to-date with third party certification schemes
  2. Actively tries to increase the number of label certification schemes that its products/services adhere to.
To receive a score of 'Okay'

Some efforts are apparent for its products or services to be covered by a third party certification scheme

Examples of policies and practices which may support an OKAY statement (not all must be observed, enough should be evidenced to give comfort that the statement is the best of the four for the business being scored):

  1. It has identified some third party certification schemes relevant to its products/services
  2. Engages frequently with these schemes to ensure that its targets are achieved and maintained
To receive a score of 'Poor'

Little or no consideration given to third parties certification schemes

Examples of policies and practices which may support a POOR statement (not all must be observed, enough should be evidenced to give comfort that the statement is the best of the four for the business being scored):

  1. Statement of future intent to improve