Social Carbon

Governing Organization

Assessment Type

Third party assessed by non-verified bodies

Sectors Covered


Issues Covered

Carbon, CSR, Environmental Management, Waste and Chemicals Management

Information from the ITC's Standards Map


The Soil Association charity's standards cover agricultural products, food & beverage items, textiles and health & beauty products. Its Woodmark certification scheme covers Forest Management and Chain of Custody for forest products. They exceed the EU organic regulations minimum requirements in many areas, but particularly in relation to animal welfare, GM and the use of pesticides.

Key Features

* Soil Association organic standards have European Union organic regulation as their baseline and comply in particular with EU Regulations 834/2007 and 889/200*
* They are the world_x0019_ s first published organic standards.
* No system of farming has higher levels of animal welfare standards than organic farms working to the SA standards.
* Global Organic Textile Standard... more

Stakeholder Engagement

The board and committees are made up of Soil Association members and licensees, researchers, advisors, other experts in their field, together with independent people and consumer representatives. Further the consultation process for standards development are open for public comments.

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Sustainability Issues

Popular Searches

The market guide to Fairtrade certified products features the latest facts and figures from Fairtrade International (FLO) as well as news and updates on Fairtrade labelling and related market trends. The guide also features descriptions of and links to other ethical trade organizations such as Fair Trade USA, EQUITRADE, FairWertung and the Ethical Trading Initiative.  Fairtrade Foundation UK is a FLO member organisation.  (For reference, readers may also refer to FLO's official statement on Transfair USA’s withdrawal from the FLO network.) messaging