Home Improvement Sustainability

Demonstrate the sustainability of home improvement and DIY products with certification audits against the world’s leading schemes from SGS.

Growing pressure on producers to tackle environmental issues and adopt circular economy practices requires time and experience. Our sustainability services support your innovation in the design of products that effectively and positively impact people and the environment.

Sustainability requires a change of mindset and of traditional business practices, but it can help you to deliver products that are better for humans and the environment, to gain leadership recognition, and to meet the demands of both customers and the market.

Cradle-to-Cradle Certification

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Cradle-to-Cradle Certification is a globally recognized standard to bring safer, sustainable products to the market. We can help you review your product, determine its conformity to the standard, and propose ways to optimize both the product and the production processes seeking certification, at which point it will be assessed against five different categories:

  • Safety of materials
  • Recycling
  • Renewable energy and management of CO2 emissions
  • Water policy
  • Social responsibility

Administered by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, certification is awarded at five levels in each category: Basic, Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum, encouraging continual assessment and improvement.

Why apply for Cradle-to-Cradle Certification?

  • Improve the quality of your products
  • Reduce environmental and safety costs in the product chain
  • Enhance your market position
  • Satisfy growing demand for sustainable goods
  • Stimulate creativity and innovation within an organization

Forest Product Chain-of-Custody (CoC) Certification

As mandatory requirements become more stringent and consumers demand wood from well-managed forests, it is crucial to know where your materials come from. Forest product CoC certification means anyone, anywhere in the world, can quickly determine the origins of wood products and the processes they have been through. It plays an important role in ensuring the traceability of wood from its origin through the entire supply chain.

It is the guarantee increasingly sought by both end consumers and your customers alike.

Our assessors will visit each site where your products are manufactured, transformed or distributed, and check:

  • Product identification
  • Product segregation
  • Record keeping

Once these details are complete and satisfactory, you’ll receive a full report and CoC certification.

Additionally, we can perform integrated audits against different chain-of-custody standards and against forest management programs, saving your organization both time and money. Our global network operates under the terms of licenses granted by FSC™, PEFC™ and SFI™. More details are available upon request.

Why choose Sustainability Services from SGS?

As the world’s leading inspection, verification and testing company, we are uniquely placed to help you prove the sustainability of your products. Our global network of experts and assessors can help you to complete the rigorous assessment process against many different standards and programs, to help your products become more sustainable and meet the demands of the market.

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