Environmental Certifications & Accreditations

FSC

FSC (The Forest Stewardship Council) is an international non-profit, multi-stakeholder organization established in 1993 to promote responsible management of the world’s forests. The FSC does this by setting standards on forest products, along with certifying and labeling them as eco-friendly.

FSC is a global not-for-profit organization that sets the standards for what a responsibly managed forest is, both environmentally and socially.

FSC are an independent, not-for-profit, non-governmental organisation that works to promote the environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world’s forests.

When timber leaves an FSC certified forest they ensure companies along the supply chain meet their best practice standards also, so that when you see the FSC label on a product, you can be sure it’s been made from responsible sources.

In this way, FSC certification helps forests remain thriving environments for generations to come, by helping you make ethical and responsible choices at your local supermarket, bookstore, furniture retailer, and beyond.

FSC develop standards for responsible forest management according to 10 principles and criteria.

FSC certification of forests and products means that they comply with our rigorous standards, and that forests, communities, and workers are looked after.

FSC don’t set these standards alone. We consult with our global network of environmental, social, and economic members to ensure that forest standards represent everyone’s needs, from Indigenous Peoples to endangered animal species.

FSC members include some of Australia and the world’s leading environment groups (WWF and Greenpeace), social organisations (the AMWU and Timber Communities Australia), businesses (TetraPak and Kimberly Clark) as well as forest owners and managers, processing companies, campaigners, and individuals like you.

GECA

GECA (Good Environmental Choice Australia) is a purpose driven, not for profit that provides solutions for sustainable consumption and production.

Transparent and independently audited for ultimate peace of mind when purchasing

Since 2000 GECA have been dedicated to enabling architects, specifiers, procurement professionals and consumers to make good choices for their clients and the environment.

This scheme was the first of its kind in Australia, and has more Australian certified products than any other scheme. They empower architects, builders, designers and consumers to have confidence in their purchasing decisions, and trust GECA certified products to be healthier, safer, and better for the environment.

GECA have developed our own rigorous standards, following ISO 14024 principles for global best practise in ecolabelling, which are then independently audited by JAS-ANZ accredited Conformance Assessment Bodies before a product can achieve GECA certification.

Why we need GECA certified products and services

In the past, unsustainable actions have had a negative impact on the environment, and unless we act now, these impacts will only become worse. We want to live and work in clean, healthy, environmentally responsible spaces, and thankfully GECA can help you achieve this.

GECA is proud to be a certified B Corporation!

Certified B Corporations meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, legally expand their corporate responsibilities to include consideration of stakeholder interests, and build collective voice through the power of the unifying B Corporation brand.

GECA are proud to collaborate and network with other businesses who share our commitment to making sustainable choices and value the credibility of independent third-party certification.

Recognised

The Recognised® eco-label identifies environmentally preferable commercial cleaning products.

Recognised® products have undergone independent third-party scientific assessment against a rigorous multiple-criteria Standard.

The Recognised® Scheme was reviewed by an independent Expert Panel of toxicologists* as a “sound and robust…science-based, targeted and pragmatic set of criteria”, coupled with a “sound and transparent” third-party scientific accreditation process.

Sustainable procurement organisation Sustainable Choice NSW accepts accreditation under the Recognised® scheme as evidence towards product listing on its procurement database.

What products are covered?

The Recognised® eco-label has been seen on leading environmental commercial cleaning products in the Australian marketplace since mid-2012.

Recognised® covers, but is not limited to, the following products for use in commercial applications: hard surface cleaning products including general purpose cleaners, bathroom cleaners, toilet bowl cleaners, glass cleaners, floor cleaners and oven cleaners; carpet & upholstery cleaners; hand hygiene products; laundry detergents; dishwashing products; automotive cleaners; sanitisers.

For more information, contact Accord on 02 9281 2322 or email shollands@accord.asn.au.

*Panel members: Professor Barry Hart, Director, Water Science Pty Ltd and Monash University; Professor Michael R. Moore, University of Queensland, Water Quality Research Australia; Dr Margaret Hartley, Formerly Director, Office of Chemical Safety and Principal Scientific Advisor, Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.

PEFC

PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) is the world’s largest forest certification system.  Their credible standards seek to transform the way forests are managed globally – and locally – to ensure that all of us can enjoy the environmental, social and economic benefits that forests offer.

PEFC is an international non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) through independent third-party certification.

They work throughout the entire forest supply chain to promote good practice in the forest and to ensure that timber and non-timber forest products are produced with respect for the highest ecological, social and ethical standards. Thanks to their eco-label, customers and consumers are able to identify products from sustainably managed forests.

As an umbrella organization, PEFC work by endorsing national forest certification systems developed through multi-stakeholder processes and tailored to local priorities and conditions.

With 43 endorsed national certification systems and over 300 million hectares of certified forests, PEFC is the world’s largest forest certification system.

Each national forest certification system undergoes rigorous third-party assessment against their unique Sustainability Benchmarks to ensure consistency with international requirements.

These Benchmarks have been developed based on internationally-recognized, ongoing and long term, intergovernmental processes and guidelines for the promotion of sustainable forest management to ensure compliance with globally agreed requirements.

The Benchmark criteria are regularly revised through multi-stakeholder processes involving participants drawn globally from civil society, business, governments, labour and research institutions to take account of new scientific knowledge, societal change, evolving expectations and to incorporate latest best practice.

Today, PEFC includes 49 national members among its membership, which is also open to international stakeholders such as civil society organizations, businesses, government entities and intergovernmental bodies.

PEFC is the certification system of choice for small forest owners including family- and community-owned forests.

Some 25% of the world’s forests are managed by 2 billion families and community members, with 40% of forests in the North owned by 30 million families and 25% of forests in the South owned or managed by communities.

Through innovative mechanisms for group and regional certification, PEFC supports small land owners to gain recognition in the market place thereby making a lasting contribution to livelihoods and rural development.

To date, several hundred-thousand family- and community-owned forests have acquired PEFC certification.

PEFC certification is also favoured by numerous public and private timber procurement policies worldwide.

HACCP Australia is a highly specialised project management company with its sole activity being the provision of technically qualified personnel and services to the food industry.

Their purpose is to identify and manage hazards, reducing the risks of food contamination events through the development, implementation and ongoing operation of comprehensive, HACCP based Food Safety Programmes.  These programmes are tailored to the particular needs of each individual and group enterprise.

Suppliers to the food industry can have their products endorsed as food safe under HACCP Australia guidelines, providing a strong marketing platform to the food safety conscious sector of the industry.

Certification of Food Safe Equipment, Materials and Services

There are many non-food products, materials and services, brought into food processing and handling, that present risks to food safety – some even greater than the microbiological, physical and chemical risks inherent in the food itself!

The food and beverage industry is very aware of these risks. Nowadays, the world’s leading food safety schemes and quality assurance programmes have not only identified them but also demand a rigorous ‘due-diligence’ process to ensure that such risks are eliminated at the product selection stage..

Particularly important are products that might have incidental food contact or have a significant impact on food safety in their application – or misapplication.

The HACCP Australia scheme and its independent, conformance certification is designed to meet that precise demand, giving assurance, to the buyer and seller alike, as to the ‘fitness for purpose’ of such products, materials or services.

Many of the country’s leading products carry HACCP Australia certification and the highly recognised certification mark. Such products vary from cleaning materials and chemical products to flooring, protective clothing, refrigeration systems and pest control services.

HACCP’s methodology is one whereby we simply, practically and scientifically assess the product(s) or product range(s) with regard to all facets of food safety; their compatibility with HACCP based food safety programmes and their contribution to food safety. The process includes examination of the design, manufacture, materials, instructions, delivery, storage, accuracy, labelling, food safety claims and any other relevant food safety matters.

Certificated products generally need to be:

• Well designed with ‘food-safe’ characteristics

• Non toxic (or appropriate levels of toxicity)

• Easy to clean (or appropriate for use)

• Likely to reduce the risk of any form of contamination

• Designed for a low consequence of error in use.

Those products or services can be promoted as food safe and endorsed by HACCP Australia. Many organisations supplying appropriate and food safe products to the food industry proudly display the HACCP Australia Food Safety logo on their products, packaging and in promotional material. The logo is well known, highly recognised and understood by industry to be synonymous with an active and proven dedication to consumer food safety and ‘fitness for purpose’

Products or services licensed to carry the HACCP Australia food safety mark also benefit with access to a valuable marketing platform including mail-outs, advertising, marketing initiatives, editorial in its food safety bulletin and web-based support.

HACCP Australia’s certification and endorsement should be considered by suppliers that:

• Are quality aware and responsive to customers’ needs

• Want to capitalise on the ‘food-safe’ status of their product

• Wish to drive the marketing of their product through certification by a recognised and practical body.

ISO 14001 is the international standard that specifies requirements for an effective environmental management system (EMS). It provides a framework that an organization can follow, rather than establishing environmental performance requirements.

Part of the ISO 14000 family of standards on environmental management, ISO 14001 is a voluntary standard that organizations can certify to. Integrating it with other management systems standards, most commonly ISO 9001, can further assist in accomplishing organizational goals.

The International Organization of Standardization (ISO) defines an environmental management system as “part of the management system used to manage environmental aspects, fulfill compliance obligations, and address risks and opportunities.” The framework in the ISO 14001 standard can be used within a plan-do-check-act (PDCA) approach to continuous improvement.

Certified B Corporation

Certified B Companies are a new kind of business that balances purpose and profit. They are legally required to consider the impact of their decisions on their workers, customers, suppliers, community, and the environment. This is a community of leaders, driving of a global movement of people using businesses as a force for good.

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.

B Corp Certification doesn’t just evaluate a product or service; it holistically assesses the overall positive impact of the company that stands behind it.

Certified B Corporations achieve a minimum verified score on the B Impact Assessment—a rigorous assessment of a company’s impact on its workers, customers, community, and environment—and make their B Impact Report transparent and publicly available on bcorporation.com.au.

The combination of third-party validation, public transparency, and legal accountability help Certified B Corps build trust and value. B Corp Certification is administered by the non-profit B Lab.

The “Carbon Footprint Approved” programme provides businesses with an independently verified way to demonstrate the responsibility of brand, product or service to their customers.

products or services will qualify for Carbon Footprint Approval when you meet any of the following three criteria:

  • Its carbon emissions have been calculated and offset through either one of our offset programmes or an alternative certified offset provider.
  • It has a significantly lower carbon footprint compared to similar products / services currently available on the market
  • By using the product / service it will help other people or organisations to reduce their carbon emissions.

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