Green Business

Green Seal Standards

Our sustainability standards for products, services, and companies are based on life-cycle research, and are developed in an open, transparent, and stakeholder-involved process. Green Seal standards provide criteria and guidelines for manufacturers, service providers, and companies to work toward sustainability and Green Seal certification. Green Seal has 33 issued standards that cover 400 product and service categories.

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Environmental Innovation

GS-C1 Sustainability Standard for Product Manufacturers

The GS-C1 standard looks at a product manufacturer’s products and business practices in their totality, and includes rigorous requirements in the following areas:

  • Transparency and accountability at the corporate level, including publicly available company-wide social and environmental policies; an effective environmental management system; identification of social and environmental roles and responsibilities; compliance; and publicly available annual reporting.
  • Aggressive goals, actions and achievements in major social and environmental impact areas, including workplace conditions; expanded opportunities for local communities; indigenous peoples’ rights; biological diversity; social and environmental assessment; and reductions in greenhouse gases, water use, waste and toxic chemicals.
  • Effective and accountable supplier management practices to ensure sustainable sourcing of product raw materials, ingredients, and components.
  • Scientific life-cycle assessments on key product lines coupled with aggressive actions to reduce environmental and health impacts. Includes requirements for reducing or eliminating impacts from raw materials; manufacturing; packaging; transport; product use; and the end of product life.
  • Ambitious requirements for third-party certification of the company's products to verify social and environmental responsibility of products and to make it easier for consumers to reduce the negative impacts – and increase the social and environmental benefits – of their purchasing.
Product manufacturers who achieve certification to these rigorous criteria will benefit from the ability to market themselves to consumers who are increasingly aware of the environmental and health impacts of the products they buy.