Eco- Labelling or Green product certification is an environmental certification (represented by a symbol) awarded to specific products including buildings and services to show that it has minimal negative risk on the environment.
It can help developers and consumers to choose products and/or services that are less harmful to the environment or are made in a way that treats people fairly. They are usually part of an organised labelling scheme that helps to make sure the label is accurate.
They can be very useful in helping to choose products or services more environmentally friendly such as using less energy or water, containing fewer harmful or polluting ingredients, made from recycled materials or taking into consideration wildlife and the natural world.
Characteristics of a green product are:
- Limited or no use of toxic chemicals and are within hygienic conditions
- Recyclable, reusable and biodegradable in nature
- Eco-friendly packing of these products
- Is eco-efficient -Uses the least resources
- Has reduced or zero/Positive carbon footprint
- Has reduced or zero waste to landfill
- Has reduced or Zero/Positive Water footprint
Objective of Eco-Labelling Scheme
It’s an answer to the growing request from consumers (and recently from procurement professionals as well) to be better informed about the risk on environment and health of the products they buy. Ecolabels in fact provide this complex information in a very straightforward way.
Advantages of DQS Green Product Certification
- New Markets Access: Developing green products opens the doors to an all-new market of green consumers who buy only green products and even pay more for the same.
- Competitive Advantage in Market:It’s a proven fact that going green is a big competitive advantage in the market right now.
- Enhance Brand Image:When a brand does something for the society and the environment, its brand image automatically enhances.
- Increased Brand Loyalty:Green companies automatically gain a set of loyal green customers who prefer green products over conventional non-environmental friendly products.
The process starts with the client’s needs and expectations. DQS wants to learn about the client’s organization, its management system, size and types of operation. Together both parties will define objectives for the assessment and/or certification, including applicable standards and specifications.
DQS will provide a detailed offer for assessment and certification services, tailored to individual client needs, based on the information provided initially. A written contract will specify all relevant deliverables as well as applicable assessment and certification criteria.
A pre-audit can serve as initial performance or gap analysis, identifying strengths and areas for improvement. For larger assessment and certification projects a project planning meeting provides a valuable opportunity for the client to meet the lead assessor and develop a customized assessment plan for all functions and locations involved. Both services are optional.
The assessment procedure itself begins with review and evaluation of system documentation, goals, results of management review and internal audits. During this process, it will be determined whether the client’s management system is sufficiently developed and ready for certification. The assessor will explain findings and coordinate any required activities to prepare for the on-site system assessment.
The assigned auditor team will audit the client’s management system at the place of production or service delivery. Applying defined management system standards and specifications, the assessment team will evaluate the effectiveness of all functional areas as well as all management system processes, based upon observations, inspections, interviews, review of pertinent records, and other assessment techniques. The audit result, including all findings will be presented to the client during the closing meeting. Required action plans will be agreed upon as necessary.
The independent certification function of DQS will evaluate the audit process and its results, and decide independently about issuance of the certificate. The client receives an audit report, documenting the audit results. When all applicable requirements are fulfilled the client also receives the certificate.
Either semi-annually or at least once per year, there will be an on-site audit of the critical components of the management system. Improvement potential will be identified, with a focus on continual improvement and sustained effectiveness.
A management system certificate is valid for a limited period of time, frequently for a maximum of three years. At the end of this cycle, a re-audit will be carried out to ensure the ongoing fulfillment of all applicable requirements. Subject to this fulfillment, a new certificate will be issued.
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