Certificates and Labels


To measure environmental impact effectively, certificates and labels help the consumer make conscious buying decisions by differentiating products. Certificates and labels indicate the alignment with the environmental or social impact of products and brands. Impakter’s team of analysts has compiled an exhaustive list of certificates and labels for the end consumer to access and make conscious purchasing decisions across various industry sectors.

1% For the Planet1% For The Planet
4C Certification4C Services GmbH
ABNTAssociação Brasileira de Normas Técnicas (ABNT)
ABVTEXBrazilian Association for Textile Retail (ABVTEX)
Accredited Fish Farm SchemeAFCD
ADM Responsible Soybean StandardADM
AENOR CertificationSpanish Association for Standardization and Certification
Aluminium Stewardship InitiativeASI
Amaggi Responsible StandardAMAGGI
Animal Welfare ApprovedA Greener World (AGW)
AS9120International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG)
ASC Farm StandardsAquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC)
ASC Seaweed StandardASC
Australian Certified OrganicACO
AvoGreenNew Zealand Avocado
AWS StandardAlliance for Water Stewardship (AWS)
B Lab CertificationB Corporation
Best Aquaculture PracticesGlobal Aquaculture Alliance (GAA)
Baseline Code – Global Coffee PlatformThe Global Coffee Platform
BASF Eco-EfficiencyBASF
BDIH Vegan StandardInternational Organic and Natural Cosmetics Corporation
Belgian Construction Certification AssociationBelgian Construction Certification Association (BCCA)
Belgian Feed AssociationBFA
BES 6001 Responsible Sourcing of Construction ProductsBritish Standards Institution (BSI)
Best Practice GuidanceKent County Council in partnership with The Education People
Better BiomassBetter Biomass
Better Cotton InitiativeThe Better Cotton Initiative (BCI)
Better Environmental Sustainability Targets Standard 1001Occupational Knowledge International (OK International)
Bio Suisse Standards for ImportsBio Suisse
BioForum Biogarantie and EcogarantieBioForum
BioGro New ZealandBioGro
bioRebioRe Foundation
Biosphere Destination CommunityBiosphere Tourism
Biosphere Destination CommunityBlue Angel
BOMA Standards (ANSI)BOMA International
BonsucroBonsucro Ltd.
Botswana Ecotourism Certification System Accomodation StandardsBotswana Tourism
Brand Reputation Compliance Global Standards (BRCGS)Brand Reputation Compliance Global Standards (BRCGS) (part of LGC Group)
BRESAERBRESAER (Breakthrough solutions for adaptable envelopes for building refurbishment)
Bunge PRO-S Certification ProgramBunge
Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI)Foreign Trade Association
CARB-certifiedCalifornia Air Resources Board (CARB)
Carbon Care ® CertifiedEnviro-access
Carbon Neutral CertificationVerus Carbon Neutral
Carbon TrustCarbon Trust
Carbonfree Partner ProgramCarbonfund.org
CarbonNeutral ProtocolCarbonNeutral
Caregora CertificateNaturfasern

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CARES Product CertificationCARES
Cefetra Certified Responsible Soya StandardCefetra
Certified Elephant Friendly™ TeaWildlife Friendly Entreprise Network
Certified Natural CosmeticsAssociation of German Industries and Trading Firms (BDIH)
Certified Naturally GrownCNG
Certified Sea Turtle Friendly™ TourismWildlife Friendly Entreprise Network
Certified Wildlife FriendlyCertified Wildlife Friendly
China Environmental Labelling Program (CELP)China Environmental United Certification Center
Chinese National Organic Products Certification ProgramControl Union Certifications
Cleaner and Greener CertificationLeonardo Academy
Climate Neutral Certified
Climate, Community & Biodiversity Standards (CCB Standards)Verra
Climatop labelmyclimate
Cocoa HorizonsCocoa Horizons Foundation
Codex Alimentarius Food HygieneFood and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Codigo Nacional de Sustentibilidad de la Industria VitivinicolaSustentavid
Coffee and Farmer Equity (C.A.F.E.)Coffee and Farmer Equity
Comercio Justo Internacional – Organizaciones de Pequenos ProductoresLatin American and Caribbean Network of Fair Trade Small Producers and Workers (CLAC)
Commission for Environmental CooperationCommission for Environmental Cooperation
Content Claim StandardTextile Exchange
Corporate Sustainability Compact for Textile and Apparel IndustryChina National Textile and Apparel Council (CNTAC)
COSMOS-standardCOSMOS-standard AISBL
Cotton Made in AfricaCotton Made in Africa (managed by the Aid by Trade Foundation (AbTF))
CQC RatingsCare Quality Commission (CQC)
Cradle to CradleCradle to Cradle
CRI Green Label PlusCarpet and Rug Institute (CRI)
DECLARE LabelThe International Living Future Institute’s Mission (ILFI)
Demeter Biodynamic Farm StandardDemeter
Disha Common Code of Conduct (CCC)Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC)
Dolphin-SafeEarth Island Institute
Donau Soja StandardDonauSoja Association
DTP 112 Sustainable Cereal and Oilseed StandardCSQA
East African organic products standard (EAOPS)Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Echar PA’LANTE – ColcocoaColcocoa
Eco Awards Namibia – Accommodation EstablishmentsEco Awards Namibia
Eco-Certified FruitRed Tomato
Eco-ReinforcementScheme Council of Eco-Reinforcement Ltd
EcocertEcocert Group
Ecomark: IndiaBureau of Indian Standards (BIS)
Ecopetcare StandardEcocert
Ecotourism Kenya Eco-RatingEcotourism Kenya
EFI Certification – Responsibly GrownEquitable Food Initiative
EHPEA Code of Practice for Sustainable Flower ProductionEthiopian Horticulture Producer Exporters Association (EHPEA)
EMASEuropean Commission
Energy StarU.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)EPD International
Environmental Profiles Certification SchemeBRE Group
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Renewable Energy and Clean Energy ProgramsU.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
EO100Equitable Origin
EO100TM Standard for Responsible Energy DevelopmentEquitable Origin
EPEATGlobal Electronics Council (GEC)
Equitable Food Initiative StandardsEquitable Food Initiative (EFI)
Ethical AccreditationEthical Company Organization
Ethical Biotrade Standard (UEBT)Union for Ethical BioTrade
Ethical Trading InitiativeEthical Trading Initiative
EU EcolabelEuropean Commission
EU Organic FarmingEuropean Commission
Europe Soya StandardDonauSoja Association
European Commission Organic FarmingEuropean Commission
European Feed Ingredients Safety Certification (EFISC)European Feed and Food Ingredient Safety Certification Aisbl (EFISC-GTP))
Fair for LifeFair for Life
Fair Labor AssociationFair Labor Association
Fair StoneFair Stone
Fair Trade Tourism Certification Standard (FTT)Fair Trade Tourism (FTT)
Fair Wage NetworkFair Wage Network
Fair WearFair Wear Foundation
Fairmined Standard-Requirements for ASMOFairmined
Fairmined Standard-Requirements for LicenseesFairmined
FairTradeFairTrade International
Fairtrade International Gold StandardFairtrade International
Fairtrade International Hired LabourFairtrade International
Fairtrade International Small Producers OrganizationsFairtrade International
FairWild StandardFairWild Foundation
FAMI-QSFAMI-QS (operating under the International Accreditation Forum (IAF MLA))
Farm Sustainability Assessment (FSA)Sustainable Agriculture Initiative Platform (SAI)
FEFAC Soy Sourcing GuidelinesEuropean Compound Feed Manufacturers’ Federation (FEFAC)
FEMAS Responsible Sourcing of Agricultural & Natural ProductsAgricultural Industries Confederation (AIC)
FloorScore certificationSCS Global Services
Flor EcuadorFlor Ecuador
Florverde® Sustainable FlowersFlorverde
Food Alliance CertificationFood Alliance
Food Justice CertifiedAgricultural Justice Project
Food Safety System Certification 22000Foundation for Food Safety Certification
For LifeFair for Life
For LifeFreshcare
Friend of the Sea (FOS) Marine AquacultureWorld Sustainability Organization
Friends of the Sea (FOS) Wild Generic Sustainable fishing RequirementsFriends of The Sea
FSC Chain of Custody CertificationForest Stewardship Council
FSC Forest Management CertificationForest Stewardship Council
Genesis StandardsGenesis
Global Animal Law Association (GAL)Global Animal Law Association (GAL)
Global Fashion Agenda (GFA)Global Fashion Agenda (GFA)
Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)
Global GreenTag CertifiedGlobal GreenTag
Global Living Wage CoalitionGlobal Living Wage Coalition
Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)
Global Recycle StandardTextile Exchange
Global Red Meat Standard (GRMS)Global Red Meat Standard (GRMS)
Global Social Compliance ProgramThe Consumer Goods Forum
Global Social Compliance Programme (GSCP)The Consumer Goods Forum
Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC)Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC)
Global Traceable Down StandardNational Sanitation Foundation (NSF)
GLOBALG.A.P. CertificationGLOBALG.A.P.
GLOBALG.A.P. Risk Assessment on Social Practice (GRASP)GLOBAL.G.A.P.
GMP+GMP+ International
Good Labour Practice (GLP) ProgrammeInternational Labour Organization (ILO)
Goodweave LabelGoodWeave International
Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI)Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI)
Green FoodGreen Food Development Center, China
Green Globe CertificationGreen Globe
Green Label ThailandGreen Label Thailand
Green Mark certificationBuilding and Construction Authority (BCA)
Green Mark Taiwan certificationEnvironmental Protection Administrations of R.O.C (Taiwan)
Green Restaurant Association Certification StandardsGreen Restaurant Association
Green SealGreen Seal
Green TableGreen Table Network (managed by the GLOBE Group)
Green Tick CertificationGreen Tick Certification Limited
Green-e ClimateGreen-e
Green-e EnergyGreen-e
Greenguard GoldUL
GreenScreenClean Production Action
GRI StandardsGlobal Reporting Initiative (GRI)
HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control point)HACCP Mentor
Halal Certification in IndiaHalal Council of India
Halal Cosmetic and Personal Hygiene Products (PNM 08.0.802)IMANOR
Halal Food – SMIICThe Standards and Metrology Institute for Islamic Countries (SMIIC)
HAND IN HAND (HIH) – Fair Trade RapunzelHand in Hand (HIH)
Harvested By Women Norms and StandardsUN Women
Heritage Certification – Hotels and Tourist AccommodationThe Heritage Environmental Management Company

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Hong Kong Green Label Scheme (HKGLS)Green Council
HRC Equidad MXHuman Rights Campaign (HRC)
ICEA Birth Doula Certification (ICBD)ICEA
ICEA Childbirth Educator Certification (ICCE)ICEA
ICEA Postpartum Doula Certification (ICPD)ICEA
IDH The Sustainable Trade InitiativeIDH The Sustainable Trade Initiative
IFC Performance Standards on Environmental&Social SustainabilityInternational Finance Corporation
IFFO Global Standard for Responsible Supply (IFFO RS)Global Sustainable Supply Chains for Marine Commodities (GMC) with the technical support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
IMO CertifiedInternational Maritime Organization (IMO)
Initiative for Compliance and Sustainability (ICS) Environmental Code of ConductInitiative for Compliance and Sustainability (ICS)
International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM)International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM)
International Featured Standards (IFS)International Featured Standards (IFS)
International Labour StandardsInternational Labour Organization (ILO)
International Wool Textile Organisation (IWTO)International Wool Textile Organization (IWTO)
IP-SUISSE Guidelines for cerealsIP-SUISSE
ISCC EUInternational Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC)
ISEAL AllianceISEAL Alliance
ISO 14000 FamilyInternational Organization for Standardization (ISO)
ISO 20121International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
ISO 22000International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
ISO 26000International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
ISO 31000International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
ISO 37001International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
ISO 45001 (previously OHSAS 18001)International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
ISO 50001International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
ISO/IEC 27701International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
IVN – NaturtextilInternational Association
of Natural Textile Industry (IVN)
Japan Food Safety (JFS) StandardsJapan Food Safety Management Association (JFSM)
Japan GAP FoundationJapan GAP Foundation
KFC Flowers & Ornamentals Sustainability Standard – Silver LevelKenya Flower Council
Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS)Kimberley Process Civil Society Coalition
Komo CertificationKOMO Foundation
Korea Carbon Footprint Labelling; CFP label KoreaKorea Environmental Industry & Technology Institute (KEITI)
Korea Eco-LabelKorea Environmental Industry & Technology Institute (KEITI)
LEAF MarqueLEAF (Linking Environment And Farming)
Leaping BunnyLeaping Bunny Program
Leather Working Group ProtocolsLeather Working Group
LEEDU.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
Lembaga Indonesia EkolabelIndone­sian Eco­la­belling Insti­tute (LEI-Lembaga Eko­la­bel Indone­sia)
LIFE CertificationLIFE Institute
Masters of LinenThe European Confederation of Flax and Hemp (CELC)
Microgeneration Energy Products CertificationMicrogeneration Certification Scheme (MCS)
MPS-Socially Qualified (SQ)MPS Group
MSC Chain of Custody StandardMarine Stewardship Council
MSC Fisheries StandardMarine Stewardship Council
myBMP – Best Management PracticesmyBMP
NABERSNABERS International
National Ecolabelling Programme – Green Choice PhilippinesPhilippine Center for Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development, Inc. (PCEPSDI)
National Wool DeclarationAustralian Wool Exchange (AWEX)
Natural Seal Home ProductsNatural Products Association
Natural Seal Personal CareNatural Products Association
Natureplus eco-labelNatureplus
Naturland FairNaturland
Naturland Organic AquacultureNaturland
Naturland StandardsNaturland
NCQA Health Information Products (HIP)NCQA
NCQA Utilzation Management (UM)NCQA
Nest Ethically HandcraftedNest
Non-GMO Project StandardNon-GMO Project
Nordic Ecolabel or SwanNordic Ecolabel
North Carolina Renewable Energy Tracking System (NC-RETS)North Carolia Utilities Commission
NSF/ANSI 305: Organic Personal Care ProductsNSF International
NNSF/ANSI 336Association for Contract Textiles (ACT)
OEKO-TEX Leather StandardOEKO-TEX
OEKO-TEX Sustainable Textile Production (STeP)OEKO-TEX
Organic Food Development and Certification Center (OFDC)
OMRI ListedOrganic Materials Review Institute (OMRI)
On The Way to Planet Prof for Plant Products in Central EuropeSMK
Organic Content StandardTextile Exchange
Origin Green Sustainable Dairy Assurance StandardBord Bia Quality Irish Food Board
Pacific Organic Standard – CropsPacific Organic and Ethical Trade Community (POETCom)
PEFC CertifiedThe Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC)
PEFC Chain of Custody CertificationProgram for Endorsement of Forestry Certification (PEFC)
People for Ethical Treatment of AnimalsPeople for Ethical Treatment
of Animals (PETA)
Pesticide Residue FreeScientific Certification Systems (SCS) Global Services
Pharmaceutical Supply Chain InitiativePharmaceutical Supply Chain Initiative (PSCI)
Predator Friendly StandardsWildlife Friendly Enterprise Network
PrimusGFSAzzule Systems
Protected Harvest BloomCheck StandardsProtected Harvest
Protected Harvest Standards for Lodi WinegrapesProtected Harvest
Protected Harvest Sustainable Citrus StandardProtected Harvest
ProTerra StandardProTerra Foundation
Rainforest AllianceRainforest Alliance
Rainforest Alliance Sustainable Agriculture CertificationRainforest Alliance
RE100RE100 (led by the Climate Group in partnership with CDP)
Recognised – Environmental Credentials SchemeREACH
Recognised – Environmental Credentials SchemeAccord Australasia
Recycled Claim StandardTextile Exchange
Recycled Content CertificationSCS Global Services
Red Tractor StandardsRed Tractor Food Assurance Scheme
Regenerative Organic Certified (ROC)Regenerative Organic Alliance (ROA)
Responsible CareResponsible Care
Responsible Down StandardTextile Exchange
Responsible Factory InitiativeResponsible Business Alliance (RBA)
Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC)RJC
Responsible Labor Initiative (RLI)Responsible Business Alliance (RBA)
Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI)Responsible Business Alliance (RBA)
Responsible Mohair StandardTextile Exchange
Responsible Recycling Standard for Electronics RecyclersSERI
Responsible Tourism Tanzania – RTTZResponsible Tourism Tanzania
Responsible Wool StandardTextile Exchange
RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances)European Commission
RSB Standard (Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials)Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB)
RSPO CertificationRoundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)
RTRS Standard for Responsible Soy ProductionRound Table on Responsible Soy Association
RTRS Standard for Responsible Soy ProductionRound Table on Responsible Soy Association
Russia Vitality LeafEcological Union
SA8000Social Accountability International
SAAS SA 8000 CertificationSocial Accountability Accreditation Services (SAAS)
Safe Quality Food Program (SQF)Safe Quality Food Institute (SQFI)
Safer ChoiceEnvironmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Salmon SafeSalmon Safe
SASB StandardsSustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB)
Science Based TargetsScience Based Targets initiative (SBTi)
SCS Global ServicesSCS Global Services
Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA)Sedex
Seychelles Sustainable Tourism LabelSeychelles Sustainable Tourism Label (SSTL)
SFI Fiber Sourcing CertificationSustainable Forestry Initiative
SFI Forest Management Certification Sustainable Forestry Initiative
Singapore Green Labelling SchemeSingapore Environment Council (SEC)
SITES certificationGreen Business Certification Inc. (GBCI)
Small Producers SymbolSPP
Social and Environmental Green Evaluation System (SEGES) Urban Greening Organization
SOCIALCARBON® Standardhttps://www.socialcarbon.org/
Soil Association CertificationSoil Association
SPG-ABIO CertificationAssociation of Biological Farmers of the State of Rio de Janeiro (ABIO)
Standard for Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure (SuRe®)Global Infrastructure Basel Foundation (GIB)
Sustainability Assessment of Food and Agriculture systems – SAFAFood and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Sustainability Code of the Chilean Wine IndustryWines of Chile
Sustainability Initiative of South Africa – SIZASustainability Initiative of South Africa (SIZA)
Sustainable Biomass Program (SBP)SBP
Sustainable Farming Assurance Programme (SFAP)Sustainable Farming Assurance Programme (SFAP)
Sustainable Food Group Sustainability Standard™ CertificationThe Sustainable Food Group
Sustainable Juice CovenantIDH
Swiss Norme Halal n°12014-03 – Les aliments Halal – ExigencesHalal Certification Services (HCS)
TCO CertifiedTCO Development
Tesco NurtureGlobal G.A.P
The Carbon Footprint CertificationTÜV SÜD
The European Ecotourism Labelling Standard (EETLS)The European Ecotourism Network (EEN)
The Global Living Wage CoalitionThe Global Living Wage Coalition
The Gold Standard for the Global GoalsdThe Gold Standard
The Green Good Housekeeping SealGood Housekeeping Institute (GHI)
The Higg IndexSustainable Apparel Coalition
The International Council of Toy Industries (ICTI) Ethical Toy Program The International Council of Toy Industries (ICTI)
The Oceanic Standard (TOS)Oceanic Global
The Plastic Recovery and Recycling Project Accounting Program StandardVerra
The Social & Labour Convergence Program (SLCP)Social & Labor Convergence Program
The State of Sustainability Initiatives (SSI)International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
The Sustainable Beef & Lamb Assurance Scheme (SBLAS)Bord Bia
The Sustainable Egg Assurance Scheme (SEAS)Bord Bia
The Sustainable Horticulture Assurance Scheme (SHAS)Bord Bia
Together for Sustainability AISBL (TfS)Together for Sustainability (TfS)
Triple SelloBolivian Institute of Foreign Trade (IBCE)
TRUE certificationGreen Business Certification, Inc. (GBCI)
U.S. Soybean Sustainability Assurance Protocol (SSAP)U.S. Soybean Sustainability Assurance Protocol (SSAP)
UL Landfill Waste Diversion ValidationUL
UNCTAD Blue BioTrade Principles & CriteriaUnited Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
UNECE Standard DDP-01 Inshell WalnutsUnited Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)
UNECE Standard FFV-50 ApplesUnited Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)
USDA BioPreferredU.S. Department for Agriculture (USDA)
USDA OrganicU.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
USDA Organic CertificationUnited States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
UTZ StandardUTZ
Vegaplan Standard for Primary Crop ProductionVegaplan
Verified Carbon Standard (VCS)Verra
VerifloraSCS Global Services
Well BuildingIWBI
Western Renewable Energy Generation Information System (WREGIS)WECC
WFTO Fair Trade StandardWorld Fair Trade Organisation
Wine and Agricultural Ethical Trading Association (WIETA)Wine and Agricultural Ethical Trading Association (WIETA)
Workplace Condition Assessment (WCA)Intertek
Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP)Worldwide Responsible
Accredited Production (WRAP)
Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals MRSL (ZDHC MRSL)ZDHC Foundation
Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals Programme (ZDHC)Sustainable Apparel Coalition
Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD)SAMCO
ZeryaZerya Producciones sin Residuos S.L.
ZQ CertificationZQ Natural Fibre


The number of certificates in a certificate chain can vary depending on the specific context and system being used. Typically, a certificate chain includes a root certificate, an intermediate certificate, and a leaf certificate (also known as an end-entity certificate). In some cases, there may be multiple intermediate certificates in the chain, and the number of certificates present can vary depending on the level of trust and security required for the system.

Some of the most recognized environmental certifications include:

  1. ISO 14001:2015 for Environmental Management Systems,
  2. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for building and construction,
  3. FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) for forestry and paper products,
  4. Energy Star for energy efficiency,
  5. B Corp for overall social and environmental performance,
  6. Fairtrade for fair trade practices
  7. EMAS (Eco-Management and Audit Scheme) for environmental management Keep in mind, different certifications are more recognized and important in different industries, regions, and sectors. It’s worth noting that this list is not exhaustive and many other recognized certifications provide information on environmental impact.
  1. According to a 2020 report by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), there were over 217 million hectares of FSC-certified forests worldwide.
  2. As of 2021, over 22,000 buildings, homes, and communities have been certified through the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.
  3. In 2020, the number of products certified by Energy Star reached over 50 billion, across more than 60 product categories.
  4. In 2020, there were over 4,000 organizations certified to the ISO 14001:2015 standard for Environmental Management Systems.
  1. Improved environmental and social performance: By achieving certification, organizations are demonstrating that they are meeting or exceeding certain standards and criteria for sustainability.
  2. Increased transparency and accountability: Certifications often require organizations to publicly report on their sustainability performance, which can help increase transparency and accountability.
  3. Enhanced reputation and credibility: Organizations that have achieved sustainability certifications can improve their reputation and credibility by demonstrating their commitment to sustainability.
  4. Increased market access and differentiation: Many certifications are recognized by customers, suppliers, and other stakeholders, which can help organizations differentiate themselves in the marketplace and gain access to new customers and markets.
  5. Cost savings: Implementing sustainability practices can often result in cost savings through resource conservation, waste reduction, and energy efficiency.
  6. Competitive advantage: Organizations that are certified may have a competitive advantage over their non-certified competitors.

It’s worth noting that different certifications may have different advantages, and the specific advantages an organization can gain will depend on the certification and the industry they are in.

  1. Determine which certification aligns with your sustainability goals.
  2. Review the certification’s requirements and criteria.
  3. Assess your organization’s current sustainability practices (you can do this with our Index Reporting)
  4. Create a sustainability plan to address any gaps in meeting the certification requirements.
  5. Implement the plan and document progress.
  6. Submit a certification application and undergo an on-site assessment.
  7. Continuously monitor and improve sustainability practices to maintain certification.