Manufacturing

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Includes awards; blenders; straws; water bottles; yoga mats; building & landscaping materials

Company

Required:

  • Business core purpose includes a “green” business function.
  • Social and environmental mission and vision statement for your business on website.

Materials Used

Required:

  • Uses materials that are substantially better for the environment than comparable ones OR with a process that saves a significant amount of water, heating or electricity.
  • Products made in an efficient manner but from materials not allowed in other standards, such as PVC or vinyl, are still not allowed for companies evaluated under this standard.
  • End of life is not the landfill; products can be returned for disposal or dismantle and then recycled, reused or composted by the end consumer.
  • Local sourcing of components or supplies wherever possible.
  • Products are measurably and significantly better than others on the market or have a clearly defined good to society.

Manufacturing Of Products

Required:

  • Commitment to sustainable labor practices and continuous improvement and transparency in the process.
  • Code of conduct in place that addresses social and environmental factory conditions with enforcement mechanism.
  • Owned factories have an established worker representation mechanism.
  • Owned factories pay a wage that ensures workers well-being.
  • Commitment to a transparent supply chain including sub-contracting.

Preferred:

  • Owned factories are certified fair labor or fair trade.
  • Owned factories are unionized.
  • Factory labor is paid a living a wage.

Product Packaging

Required

  • Environmentally and socially positive packaging.
  • Packaging is recyclable or compostable.
  • Packaging components are from recycled sources and used at minimum.

Preferred:

  • Packaging can be taken back for reuse.

Product Shipping & Company Transportation

Required

  • Program in place to reduce emissions from company vehicles.
  • Works with distributors that take steps to reduce emissions from vehicles and shipping.

Preferred:

  • Company is an EPA SmartWay partner or affiliate.
  • Company Works with distributors who are EPA SmartWay partners or affiliates.

Company Employment:

Required:

  • Employees have access to family friendly benefits including high-quality health insurance, sick days, paid parental leave and childcare help.
  • Offer a flexible workplace culture that encourages work/life balance and makes reasonable accommodations for telecommuting and flex schedules.
  • Pays a wage that ensures employees well-being.
  • Has an established non-discrimination policy and procedure, and ensures an inclusive workplace culture.
  • Governs fairly and in a transparent manner. Is open to employee input. Has a whistle blower protection policy in place.

Preferred:

  • Living wage is paid.
  • Has an established program that invests in employee growth and development.

Education

Required:

  • Educates consumers on how to properly dispose of product at end of life-cycle (if applicable).
  • Use transparent and truthful marketing.
  • Advocate for green business practices in your industry.
  • Established program for receiving input from both internal and external stakeholders.

Preferred:

  • Established take back program for end of product life-cycle.
  • Actively seeks feedback from industry peers and participates in industry associations and mentor programs.

Green Office/Facility

Required:

  • HVAC system well-maintained, building well-insulated, and smart and efficient climate control employed.
  • System in place for reducing electricity consumption from lighting and electronics.
  • Use of Energy Star rated appliances and CFL/LED light bulbs in office.
  • Use of 100% post-consumer recycled, Chlorine Free paper in the office and in all envelopes, marketing, and print materials.
  • Systems in place for reducing paper use such as electronic processes, printers set with double sided printing as the default, and more.
  • Use of only non-toxic cleaning and pest control products.
  • Maximum amount of waste is reused or recycled including paper, plastic, metals, glass, electronics, and printer ink cartridges.
  • Action on clean energy such as purchase of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) or use of on-site clean energy.
  • Compost all food waste.
  • Landscaping done with sustainability in mind, especially considering runoff and stormwater management.
  • Only fair trade and USDA certified organic coffee and tea served in the office.
  • Use of green or local caterers for events.
  • Use of a certified E-Steward for electronics recycling.