Cradle to Cradle Certification
Auditing / Certification Body
Third party assessed by non-verified bodies
CSR, Energy Efficiency, Environmental Management, Product Safety, Quality, Waste and Chemicals Management, Water Related
The Cradle to Cradle Certified program is a third party, multi-attribute eco-label administered by the Cradle toCradle Products Innovation Institute that assesses a products safety to humans and the environment and design for future life cycles. The program provides guidelines to help businesses implement the Cradle to Cradle framework, which focuses on using safe materials that can be disassembled and recycled as technical nutrients or composted as biological nutrients. Unlike single-attribute eco-labels, the Cradle to Cradle CertifiedCM program takes a comprehensive approach to evaluating the design of a product and the practices employed in manufacturing the product. The materials and manufacturing practices of each product are assessed in five categories: Material Health, Material Reutilization, Renewable Energy Use, Water Stewardship, and Social Responsibility. Click here for complete description of Certification Criteria. The Cradle to Cradle CertifiedCM program was founded in 2005 by McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC).In 2010, William McDonough and Dr. Michael Braungart formed the non-profit Institute to manage and administer the certification program as an independent third party organization. MBDC gifted an exclusive license to the institute for the product certification mark and methodology. MBDC is the leading service provider for the certification program and partners with product manufacturers to complete the certification process. Click here for more on the Certification Process.