Driving Your Corporate Sustainability Goals with Expert Verification & Certification
We’ve been a global leader in certifying achievements in agriculture, forestry, green building, consumer products and much more since 1984.
Since 1984, SCS has been a global pioneer and leader in the field of sustainability standards and third-party certification, working across the economy in the natural resources, built environment, food and agriculture, consumer products and climate sectors. Partnering with companies, government agencies, NGOs, and stakeholders, we are striving to advance sustainable development goals through independent assessment, the application of sound science, and innovative solutions. Through these services, we are enabling decision-makers and purchasers to make informed decisions, giving innovators a competitive edge, and helping to drive the development of leadership standards to create a framework for continuous improvement.
Our programs in Europe span a wide cross-section of industries, recognizing achievements in green building, product manufacturing, food and agriculture, forestry, retail, and more. We are accredited to provide services under a wide range of nationally and internationally recognized certification programs and are uniquely positioned to provide comprehensive, market driven sustainability solutions to create value for businesses.
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Frequently Asked Questions
- What regulations are impacting the adoption of sustainable business in the EU?
The EU Green Deal is currently driving sustainable business in Europe. This is impacting every manufacturer and organization doing business in Europe. Over the coming years, a number of regulations are set to be passed to support the objectives of the EU Green Deal. For example, the Supply Chain Due Diligence draft Directive, the Non-Financial Reporting Directive, and the Renewable Energy Directive are already impacting business in the EU. SCS is currently working with companies in the EU to navigate the new Green Deal business landscape.
- Are there any new regulations which may soon be introduced that will further impact sustainable business operations in Europe?
Some additional upcoming regulations that SCS is monitoring for our customers include the EU Climate Law which is the legislative backbone to the 2050 climate objective of the EU; the Chemical Strategy for Sustainability that includes the SCIP Databased for substances of very high concern; the Circular Economy Action Plan which includes a strategy for plastics; and a possible Product Environmental Footprint initiative which went though a pilot phase a few years ago. All of these regulations could potentially become law in the near future and impact sustainable business practices in Europe.
- How does SCS work with companies, government agencies, NGOs and other stakeholders in building a more sustainable EU economy?
We work closely with companies to try to solve sustainability issues, develop sustainability certification and verification standards, and work towards creating more sustainable products and processes. For example, SCS participates in sustainability standards development through participation in ISO committees or other committees for technical certification standards such as BIFMA or FEMB Level®, FloorScore®, the Global Recycling Standard, and many more. We also work with multipliers and demand drivers for sustainable products and services such as purchasing and procurement organizations and major retailers, as well as other certification programs such as LEED or WELL.
- What are some of the specific sustainability programs that SCS offers to companies in the EU and companies doing business in the EU?
SCS has been specializing in sustainability and environmental certification and verification services supporting manufacturers and organizations throughout the world for more than three decades. With this expertise, we have helped companies navigate European and international regulatory requirements with circularity or recycling specific assessments, supply chain due diligence, or other services such as conflict mineral reporting. We do a lot of work in greenhouse gas and carbon reporting such as carbon footprint reporting, carbon offset verification and carbon neutral certification. SCS also offers many other programs including Life Cycle Assessments and Environmental Product Declarations, water stewardship and indoor air quality programs, biofuels and many food and agriculture sustainability certifications. For a complete listing of all of SCS’ global sustainability services, please visit our global website at https://www.scsglobalservices.com.
- Other than offering specific auditing and certification services, how else does SCS help companies navigate all the various sustainability and ESG standards and best practices in Europe?
SCS also offers ESG and sustainability consulting services in Europe to help manufacturers in developing their sustainability strategies, decarbonization or greenhouse gas programs, circularity or innovation projects, and many other sustainability projects. The big advantage of partnering with SCS is that we bring to our customers and the market nearly 40 years of auditing, certification and business expertise with a single focus on sustainability and environmental performance. SCS has deep subject matter expertise and deep industry expertise, and we have worked with global companies in a wide variety of industries to navigate their sustainability objectives and challenges, helping them to build better business through sustainability.
- How do SCS’ services fit into the whole green building boom in the EU?
The Green buildings sector is a major focus of the SCS Europe team as we help manufactures of building products, furniture and other products that go into buildings optimize their products through sustainability best practices to meet the demands and expectations of the green building market. We offer Low VOC emission certifications such as SCS Indoor Advantage Gold and FloorScore®. We offer Lifecycle Assessment, Environmental Product and Health Product declarations, and recycled content certification among others.
- What are the SCS programs offered in the EU that specifically target safeguarding the planet?
SCS has been working for many years to help manufacturers actively report and reduce their carbon emissions. We provide greenhouse gas footprinting services and consulting services to decarbonize a corporation’s own emissions as well as the emissions along their supply chain. We help companies with CO2 management plans, review and verify greenhouse gas calculations and reports, and we also provide carbon neutral certification for companies that want to offset the remainder of their carbon footprint. But really all of our programs and services are geared towards safeguarding the planet and making the world a cleaner and safer place for everyone.