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CERTIFICATIONS

Social and environmental

Certifications

B-corp

B Corporation certification of "social and environmental performance" is a private certification of for-profit companies, distinct from the legal designation as a Benefit corporation.

Certified B Corporations are businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. B Corps are accelerating a global culture shift to redefine success in business and build a more inclusive and sustainable economy.

Society’s most challenging problems cannot be solved by government and nonprofits alone. The B Corp community works toward reduced inequality, lower levels of poverty, a healthier environment, stronger communities, and the creation of more high quality jobs with dignity and purpose. By harnessing the power of business, B Corps use profits and growth as a means to a greater end: positive impact for their employees, communities, and the environment.

B Corps form a community of leaders and drive a global movement of people using business as a force for good. The values and aspirations of the B Corp community are embedded in the B Corp Declaration of Interdependence.

Belgium Linen

The Belgian Linen™ label stands for linen fabrics that are woven in Belgium with European flax yarn. To obtain the label, the linen has to comply to these criteria: The linen fabric has to be woven in Belgium. At least 85% of the weight of the flax used has to be natural flax fibres of EU-origin.

Better Cotton initiative (BCI)

The Better Cotton Initiative is a holistic approach to sustainable cotton production, which covers three pillars of sustainability: environmental, social and economic. The system is designed to ensure the adoption of good practices, and to encourage the scaling up of collective action to establish a sustainable mainstream commodity.

Blue Angel

The Blue Angel is the first environment-related label for products and services in the world. Since 1978 it has set the standard for eco-friendly products and services selected by an independent jury in line with defined criteria. The Blue Angel is only awarded to products and services which - from a holistic point of view - are of considerable benefit to the environment and, at the same time, meet high standards of serviceability, health, and occupational protection. The Blue Angel considers itself as a market-conform instrument of environmental policy designed to distinguish the positive environmental features of products and services on a voluntary basis. Companies use the label to professionally promote their eco-friendly products in the market. Thus, it is an ecological beacon showing the consumer the way to the ecologically superior product and promotes environmentally conscious consumption

Bluesign technologies

A Swiss-based company which examines natural resources and chemicals used in textile production, occupational health. It takes a holistic view of safety and environmental issues in the textiles and apparel supply chain. Bluesign’s blueXpert tool is designed to allow textile mills to benchmark the efficiency of wet processing.

CERES

CERES offers inspection and certification services in the areas of organic farming and food processing, good agricultural practice, good manufacturing practice in the food industry, organic textiles, and sustainable biofuel production:

CanopyStyle initiative

The Canopy Planet Society is a Canadian nonprofit organisation that focuses on the conservation and protection of ancient and endan­gered forests.

The CanopyStyle Audit Guidelines describe how auditors will verify that producers are meeting the criteria and whether and when they can be recognised as being at low risk of sourcing from ancient and endangered forests or controversial sources.

Cradle to Cradle

Using the end-use product (waste) for the source of a new product: a circular economy. All products can be designed for continuous recovery and re-utilisation.

The Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Product Standard guides designers and manufacturers through a continual improvement process that looks at a product through five quality categories — material health, material reutilisation, renewable energy and carbon management, water stewardship, and social fairness.

Detox to Zero by OEKO-TEX®

DETOX TO ZERO by OEKO-TEX® is a comprehensive verification and reporting system that recognises the requirements stipulated by the Greenpeace Detox campaign. ... Documentation of the company's operations, such as training, environmental reporting, internal and external communication

EU EcoLabel

Established in 1992 and recognised across Europe and worldwide, the EU Ecolabel is a label of environmental excellence that is awarded to products and services meeting high environmental standards throughout their life-cycle: from raw material extraction, to production, distribution and disposal.

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