GfaW (translated as Society of Applied Ethics in Business) is a standard owner for product certification and is a leader in the field of certified sustainability. Its flagship is the world's most demanding sustainability certification CSE (Certified Sustainable Economics) for entire companies. The underlying standard comprehensively defines the much-used term sustainability. It thus offers a clear benchmark for companies in all sectors (production, trade, services). The CSE seal serves as an orientation for customers and end consumers.
GfaW's vision is a world in which every company sees itself as part of the whole and measures its success in terms of added value for the entire planet. Until then, GfaW's mission remains to measure, evaluate and communicate sustainable business in this sense. Only recognizable sustainability achievements can be appreciated as the basis for changing the current paradigm towards a society fit for the grandchildren and fit for the future.
CSE: Audited sustainability for companies
As the most important instrument for this social change, GfaW's CSE standard offers uniform, transparent criteria for corporate sustainability. It stands for practicable ways of doing business sustainably and making this verifiable and public. CSE represents a combination of management, company and product certification, which is based on a comprehensive understanding of sustainability with ecological, social and economic-ethical aspects. In various working groups (https://gfaw.eu/netzwerk-und-arbeitsgruppen/) and networking meetings, GfaW regularly reflects and integrates current developments and findings and identifies possibilities for further sustainability potential.
GfaW's product standards
In addition to CSE, GfaW offers ecological product certification:
- NCS (Natural Cosmetics Standard), for Certified Natural Cosmetics, offers 4 award options: NCS, NCS-vegan, NCS-Organic-Quality and NCS-vegan-Organic-Quality In addition to the usual requirements for natural cosmetics, defined natural substances must come from controlled organic cultivation.
- NATURE THANX, the standard for natural therapy-supporting care at the interface to medically effective cosmetics.
- NCP (Nature-Care-Standard) finally offers a simple environmental label for items of daily use. The seal stands for non-food products that consist of ingredients that are as natural as possible and do not unnecessarily pollute the environment: detergents and cleaning agents, toys, household articles, tools, hygiene articles, care or fertilizers, etc.
GfaW's quality promise
Their strong understanding of sustainability serves as the basis for the quality of the GfaW certifications. Criteria are collected against the background of generating added value in terms of sustainability. https://gfaw.eu/en/how-we-work/
Further quality features of all standards are the annual audit frequency, constant communication with the certification body as well as training and further education of the auditors.