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.


Environmental Innovation

GS-20 Environmental Innovation


Approved Criteria for Certification

Status of 3M Draft Criteria Review:
The public comment period for the 3M Draft Criteria under the GS-20 Environmental Innovation is now closed.

Green Seal staff will review the complete set of commentary and determine any necessary revisions to the proposed Draft Criteria. Once this process is complete, Green Seal will post the compiled comments, responses to comments, as well as the Final Criteria Document on our website. Upon posting the Final Criteria Document, 3M will be able to submit required documentation to our Certification Team to demonstrate compliance with the requirements of the Final Criteria Document.

This is the final set of criteria that will be developed using the current version (Edition 1.0) of GS-20. The GS-20 Program is currently paused, and Green Seal is not accepting new applications while GS-20 is under review and revision. Prior to the program pause, this 3M submission had begun review, and Green Seal had already published GS-20 Criteria within this product category, floor pads; therefore, 3M floor pads are eligible to earn certification should their application meet all final requirements.

GS-20 identifies innovative environmental initiatives and recognizes environmental benefits of leadership products, services, processes, and technologies (collectively referred to as "initiatives"). This standard is intended for initiatives that are not covered by existing Green Seal standards. 


Certification to GS-20 is under review for programmatic improvements. During this time, we will not be accepting new applications for environmentally innovative products. In product categories with existing GS-20 certifications, competitor products with applications already in process will be eligible to earn certification should their application meet all review requirements. Products that have already achieved certification under GS-20 will continue to use and promote their Green Seal recognition, and will be required to conform to any new program requirements that may be the result of our ongoing review.

If you are interested in participating in interviews, discussions, or comment periods to support Green Seal in improving the GS-20 program, please contact Chrissy Macken, GS-20 Project Manager, at