Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)®
Global Forest Certification
FSC is an international, non-governmental organisation dedicated to promoting responsible management of the world’s forests.
The FSC runs a global forest certification system with two key components: Forest Management and Chain of Custody certification. This system allows consumers to identify, purchase and use timber and forest products produced from well-managed forests.
Fairtrade Certified Cotton
Better prices, decent working conditions and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers
The Fairtrade foundation provides an independent certification of the trade chain, licensing use of the FAIRTRADE Mark as a consumer guarantee on products that are in accordance with internationally agreed Fairtrade standards. All goods carrying the Fairtrade logo must be produced by suppliers with a Fairtrade license.
The Foundation is the UK member of Fairtrade Labelling Organisations International (FLO), which unites 21 labelling initiatives across Europe, Japan, North America, Mexico and Australia/New Zealand as well producers worldwide. Fairtrade seeks to transform trading structures and practices in favour of the poor and disadvantaged.
Only registered companies holding a current FLO-CERT certificate are allowed to apply the Fairtrade label onto products. All Fairtrade certified bags shown on this website are supplied by a Registered Fairtrade Certificate holder and licensee. And only those items are certified independently to Fairtrade standards.
Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)
Ecology & Social Responsibility
GOTS is recognised as the leading processing standard for textiles made from organic fibres worldwide. It defines high level environmental criteria along the entire supply chain of organic textiles and requires compliance with social criteria as well as environmental.
Only textile products that contain a minimum of 70% organic fibres can become certified according to GOTS. All chemical inputs e.g. dyestuffs and auxiliaries used must meet certain environmental and toxicological criteria and also the choice of accessories is limited under ecological aspects.
Best known within the foods stuffs sector the Bio Label, launched in September 2001 brings about clarity and uniformity for organic or eco products respectively. Not only can we rely on it but consumers can rely on it also: “If it says ‘Bio’ on the outside it contains organic products”.
Only producers and manufacturers who comply with the provisions of the EU Organic Farming Regulation and subject themselves to the mandatory inspections may sell their products as organic or eco goods and label them accordingly with the Bio-Siegel.
The EU Ecolabel
The EU Ecolabel scheme is a commitment to environmental sustainability
The EU Eco-label scheme, otherwise known as the Flower Mark, was established first in 1992. The EU Flower Mark is a sign that a product is ethical, environmental and fit for purpose. Each product category has differing sets of criteria it must fulfil depending on how it’s produced, from what and for what purpose it’s designed.
The criteria are designed to analyse the impact of the product throughout its life cycle, starting from raw material extraction in the pre-production stage, through to production, distribution and disposal.
A Label for the environment
Created in 1978 The Blue Angel claims to be the oldest environment-related label for products and services in the world. Focused initially on recycled products the Blue Angel certificate has now been broadened to include other environmental benefits. The Blue Angel promotes the concerns of both environmental protection and consumer protection.
It is awarded to products and services which – from a holistic point of view – are of considerable benefit to the environment and meet high standards of serviceability, health and occupational protection. Economical use of raw materials during production and use, a long service life and a sustainable disposal – all these are factors of great importance.
Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC)
PEFC is the world’s largest forest certification organisation
PEFC was founded in 1999 and is the world’s leading forest certification system and an internationally recognised brand devoted to ensuring that forests are managed according to environmental, social and economic criteria.
PEFC has recognised certification systems in 36 countries. Together these account for over 264 million hectares of certified forests, making PEFC the world’s largest forest and wood product certification system.
In line with its commitment to transparency, PEFC makes its entire documentation of national forest certification system, including the independent assessments, publicly available.
Empowering ethical and responsible supply chains
Sedex was launched in 2004, with members in over 150 countries, and has over 38,000 organisations using it as their platform of choice for exchanging data. It is dedicated to driving improvements in ethical and responsible business practices in global supply chains. It is the largest collaborative platform for sharing ethical supply chain data.
The main aims of Sedex are to ease the burden on suppliers facing multiple audits and certifications, and to drive improvements in the ethical performanace of world wide supply chains. Sedex Advance is an online, secure database which enables members to store and share information about labour standards, health and safety, the environment and business ethics.
Sedex is a not for profit membership organisation, it is not a standard setting body or code of conduct.