1. Compliance with regulations and the principles of sustainable production
1.1. Materials, processes and finished products must comply with all regional, state, European and international laws, all agreements that pertain to them and the resulting administrative requirements.
1.2. Member organizations must comply with each and every one of the principles that define sustainable production.
1.3. Member organizations must discharge their tax and social obligations in a timely manner.
1.4. ILO conventions and the United Nations Global Compact must be observed.
1.5. Member companies and their executives must demonstrate a long-term commitment to accept these principles and consumer demands in the matter of sustainable production.
2. Legal, Recognizable Sourcing of Raw Materials
2.1. The scope will be for renewable materials and legal origins only.
2.2. The source of materials must be documented.
2.3. Companies will not accept any materials created through natural disasters or disasters caused by human negligence as materials for their production processes.
2.4. Forest certificates will be accepted in writing as recognizable sourcing (a necessary condition, but a partial, insufficient condition only).
3. Integration into the Local Community and Workers’ Rights
3.1. Worker health and safety must be guaranteed in the handling and processing of materials.
3.2. The workforce engaged to make a consumer product must come from the local community and surrounding areas.
3.3. The rights of workers according to International Labour Organization (ILO) conventions will be guaranteed.
3.4. The company strive to blend into its environment by limiting noise emissions and noticeable odours in the neighbourhood.
3.5. The company must be engaged in the development of the territories in which it operates, to ensure good acceptance and integration into the community.
4. Environmental Impact
As a general principle, any process to obtain materials or manufacture products must respect the biodiversity and integrity of the environment, which means:
4.1. Raw materials must be renewable.
4.2. The company will limit its water discharges, treat pollution at its source and guarantee emissions levels that are acceptable to the receiving environment.
4.3. The company will use the energy mix that best suits its business and will ensure the use of energy efficiency mechanisms in its various processes.
4.4. The company will guarantee acceptable atmospheric emissions and will aim at reducing its greenhouse gas emissions.
4.5. The company will reduce its waste production through appropriate treatment and recovery systems.
4.6. The company will foster respect for international demands for biodiversity conservation without damaging local biodiversity.
5. Rights, Responsibility, Tenure and Use
5.1. The company’s right to use its areas of production, manufacture and sale must be clearly defined and documented.
5.2. Materials whose origin lies in an internationally declared conflict zone will not be allowed.
5.3. Ethical, social and environmental sustainability parameters will be factored into research, innovation and design.
6.1. Traceability checks will be included in the controls member companies run on the materials they use.
6.2. Traceability must be possible throughout the entire chain.
6.3. The traceability system may consist of alphanumeric codes or easy-to-read, easy-to-understand computer codes.
6.4. Each manufacturing item or block has to be defined.
7. Business Practices
7.1. Contractual relationships with suppliers will be healthy and effective and will preserve suppliers’ economic independence.
7.2. Anticompetitive practices will be reported.
7.3. The company will be transparent to national and regional supervisory authorities.
7.4. A contractual relationship will be implemented with suppliers to improve suppliers’ environmental, social and ethical performance.
7.5. Environmental and social impact and consumption will be taken into account in all construction projects, equipment purchases and remodelling work.
7.6. Packaging choices will take into account the impact of the packaging’s production and the end of its useful life, in order to optimize the relationship between packaging and type of transport.