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Certification for Green Businesses

Green America certifies businesses that are committed to using business as a platform for social change. Since 1982, Green America has evaluated over 8,000 small businesses.

We've helped leading green companies like Seventh Generation, Honest Tea, and Clif Bar take off in the marketplace. We connect people to entrepreneurs building sustainable enterprises from the ground up and Main Street businesses that serve their communities.

Green America certifies businesses that are:

  • Actively using their business as a tool for positive social change;
  • Operating a "values-driven" enterprise according to principles of social justice AND environmental sustainability;
  • Environmentally responsible in the way they source, manufacture, and market their products and run their operations and facilities;
  • Socially equitable and committed to extraordinary practices that benefit workers, customers, communities, and the environment; and
  • Accountable for their work by continually improving and tracking their progress, and operating with radical transparency in every facet of their business.

 

About the Seal

Look for the Certified Business Seal to find green products and services from thousands of businesses committed to social and environmental responsibility.

As companies make greater progress, we recognize their efforts with certification at three levels:

Green America Bronze Green Business Certification

Bronze
Businesses earn this certification level as they start their path to sustainability and are implementing sustainable practices in the workplace.

Green America Silver Green Business Certification

Silver
Businesses who are deepening their
commitment to both social AND environmental responsibility by spearheading changes in their core business practices, along their supply chain, and in the community.

Green America Gold Green Business Certification

Gold
Green businesses showing leadership in their industry, that embed social responsibility into the DNA of their company.

 

When you see the Certification Seal on a business' website, click on it to view the sustainability profile of the business. You'll see their green achievements and commitments.

Our green business certification not only helps you find green products and services, but it also helps green businesses implement ongoing sustainablility work smartly and strategically using our online project management platform. We provide the tools to help businesses turn their social and environmental mission into action.

 

Our Standards Committee

Businesses that have attained the Gold Certified Business Seal have successfully completed an evaluation by the Green America Standards Committee.

The Green America Standards Committee conducts reviews using data provided by the business and independent sources to certify that a business has moved beyond general sustainability actions into a deeper focus on their core business area.

Operating since 1982, the Standards Committee is appointed by and reports to Green America's Board of Directors.

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