Social & Environmental Attributes

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Choose from a wide list of environmental and social attributes to demonstrate the
quantifiable benefits of your products and services to differentiate yourself from
your competitors in the marketplace.

Environmental

  • Eco System & Environmental Conservation

    100% sustainably-harvested materials such that the rate of use is no greater than the rate of regeneration

    No toxic materials used

    Prevents ecological destruction

    Protects endangered habitats

  • Environmentally-responsible Agricultural Practices

    Materials grown without use of chemical pesticides, herbicides, fungicides or fertilizers

    Materials grown with natural pest controls, organic fertilizers

    Crops grown in rotation to break disease and pest cycles naturally

    No GMO (genetically-modified organism) ingredients

  • Habitat Restoration and Species Preservation

    Protects native species

    Practices responsible conservation of traditionally-harvested species

  • Humane Farming Practices

    Humane treatment of farm animals raised for food and/or clothing

    No animal ingredients

    No animal testing

  • Locally Sourced (within 100 miles)

    Locally-sourced/locally-made/locally-grown products

    Lower energy use and more flavourful and healthier produce associated with shorter distances to transport these goods

  • Low Energy Consumption

    Production facilities are certified low energy users

    Production facilities have an energy efficiency program

  • Low Resource Consumption

    Reduction or elimination of waste

    50% of product inputs from post-consumer waste

    50% of product inputs from biodegradable materials

    No toxic substances released into the natural environment

    Re-use, reclamation or recycling of waste extraneous to manufacturing process

    Reduced packaging

  • Minimal Product Packaging/High Recyclable Content

    Minimizes negative environmental impact while maintaining product integrity and shelf-life

    Contains materials that can be recycled

    Clear and well-understood labelling for customers/consumers:

    • Amount of packaging used
    • Type of packaging materials used
    • Potential for packaging re-use/recycling
    • Amount of recycled content
    • Amount of biodegradable content
    • How best to dispose of product and/or packaging after use
  • Renewable Energy/Clean Energy

    Renewables make up 30% or more of required energy (Comparatively, approximately 16% of global final energy consumption comes from renewable resources: 10% from traditional biomass, 3.4% from hydroelectricity and 3% from new renewables)

    Low or no carbon emissions associated with production

    Low or offset carbon or carbon-neutral shipping

  • Water Efficient/Low Water Consumption

    Reduces water loss

    Increases water efficiency of fixtures, equipment, systems and processes

    Educates about water efficiency to encourage water-saving behaviours

    Re-uses onsite alternative water that would otherwise be discarded or discharged into the sewer

Social

  • Fair Trade

    Producers receive prices that cover their average costs of sustainable production

    Provides an additional Fair Trade Premium that can be invested in projects that enhance social, economic and environmental development

    Enables pre-financing for producers who require it

    Facilitates long-term trading partnerships

    Enables greater producer control over the trading process

  • Fair Treatment

    Fair wages and labour practices

    Meets or exceeds local applicable Fair Wage Guide minimum standards

    Safe and healthy working conditions

    Equitable employment opportunities: no discrimination on the basis of gender, race or religious affiliation

    No child labour

    Respect for basic human rights

  • Improving the Community

    Supports healthcare initiatives

    Supports improved community infrastructure (e.g. water supply, child care, etc.)

    Supports education and/or training

    Supports or enhances local arts and culture

    Conserves preservation of knowledge of local/traditional materials, techniques and production

    Supports employee community involvement

    Philanthropy

  • Improving the Human Condition

    Fights poverty/supports local food programs

    Employs/provides opportunities for marginalized and/or economically disadvantaged persons

    Supports/provides employment or economic opportunities for women

Consumers Say...

85% say it's okay if a company is not perfect, as long as it is honest about its efforts by communicating what stage they are in their journey to improve corporate social responsibility.
92% would be willing to purchase a product or service that demonstrates social and/or environmental benefits.