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LEED® recognized Global GreenTag Product Health Declaration™ (PHD™) receives glowing reviews from sustainability leaders

Green building and sustainability leader John Harrison of GreenSlate Sustainability is pleased to hear of the decision to green light the Global GreenTag PHD™ for LEED™ projects in the USA.  Mr Harrison who is also an Architect and LEED Fellow said:

“Not only does the Product Health Declaration validate a product’s characteristics needed for building rating system requirements, but it holistically considers the global environmental and human health attributes of a product in final use and shares those impacts.”

In July, the US Green Building Council (USGBC) recognized the Global GreenTag PHD™ for the US LEED® market and in over 167 countries worldwide under its world leading building certification and rating system LEED® Versions 4.0 and 4.1.

The Global GreenTag PHD, first launched in 2017, now holds a unique place in green product certification globally.  Amongst leading US and global product and materials certification companies like UL and Cradle to Cradle, the GreenTag PHD is now the only ingredient hazard transparency report to be compliant with LEED® and also with WELL™ – the rating tools of the International WELL™ Building Institute.

Daniel Huard, CEO of Global GreenTag Americas explains that:

“The PHD™ program provides industry practitioners with deeper levels of product health information with content inventory and hazard analysis to the 100parts per million (ppm) level. The program firstly bans a comprehensive list of the worst ingredients. It then offers toxicology information about the constituent materials in products and then also uniquely informs through its BronzeHEALTH, SilverHEALTH, GoldHEALTH or PlatinumHEALTH tiered HealthRATE™ system, the potential level of healthiness the products help deliver when correctly installed in clients’ offices or homes – a big plus for professionals working on projects to help mitigate risks,” says Mr Huard.

The GreenTag HealthRATE™ system of Marks ranges from Bronze (indicating a product has achieved a Good HealthRATE) through to Silver (Very Good), Gold (Excellent) and Platinum (World Leading).

David Baggs, CEO and Program Director of Global GreenTag International, who led the development of the GreenTag PHD, said it was motivated by a number of studies to help prevent toxic products being used in workplaces and homes.

“We already knew from studies that product toxicity found in buildings is a very real cause behind a range of human health problems – even to unborn babies – including cancer, hormone disruption, asthma, allergies, chronic fatigue and many other toxicity related illnesses. One study in Australia proved a link between toxic products in a workplace and employee sickness and by retrofitting with a range of strategies, including low toxicity products, that employees became healthier as a result. In fact, sick leave was reduced by 30% and productivity went up an extraordinary 45%,” says Mr Baggs.

When the GreenTag PHD tool was first released, Jorge Chapa, then Head of Market Transformation at the Green Building Council of Australia said: “When most people spend 90 per cent of their time indoors, there is a huge potential for our buildings – and the products within them – to positively influence the health and wellbeing of occupants. We support innovative approaches, like the PHD Product Heath Declaration, that can accelerate market transformation.”

Manufacturers from Australia to Europe, leading in sustainable product design have since sought the PHD to help underscore the direct health benefit claims of their products, claiming the Declaration “a game changer for the health of interiors and transparency in products.”

Vertilux Corporation  who saw the value for marketing health a priority has eight of its sustainable window covering products awarded GreenTag PHDs, each with a GoldHEALTH Level rating under the program.  Debbie Hessenberger, National Marketing Manager says that

“With compliance rapidly changing in the marketplace, environmental certifications are becoming more important than ever.  As a sustainable leader in the window coverings industry, it just made complete sense to extend our product certification into Global GreenTag’s PHD Program. It has definitely assisted Vertilux in cementing specifications for Government, Low Carbon and Green Building Designs, and particularly when an Architect sees that it meets the WELLTM Building Standard: Feature 04, 26 and 97.  Additionally, it has created product transparency amongst our competitors in facilitating the exchange of information to enable a future for healthier buildings and its occupants.”

For manufacturers, the decision by LEED to recognize the PHD now makes product certification easier and cost efficient given that GreenTag now offers a unique one-stop certification system for products recognized by most of the major international building rating systems; enabling manufacturers to avoid multiple fees certifying with different systems in different countries.

The unique value of the Global GreenTag PHD™ for industry professionals is that it offers detailed toxicology information about constituent materials in products and simultaneously provides simplified ratings underpinned by peer reviewed science to clarify health impacts that products may or may not have on end users, without any need for interpretation by designers, architects or construction teams. The program also considers environmental impacts in the hazard assessments.

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US sustainability specialists (left to right) Architect John Harrison (LEED Fellow and Founder of GreenSlate Sustainability), David. W. Ware (Knauf Insulation North America) and Dylan Beach (GOJO Industries) discuss the merits of the Global GreenTag PHD to help rigorously specify healthy products on building projects.

 

Video overview of GreenTag PHD

Video overview of GreenTag HealthRATE

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Being ethical or avoiding heavy penalties, the Global GreenTag MSD™ Modern Slavery Transparency Declaration helps companies monitor product supply chains

 

Released this week ready for Modern Slavery Reporting is the first ever Modern Slavery Declaration for products. The Global GreenTag International MSD™ Modern Slavery Transparency Declaration (GGTI MSD) implements a comprehensive risk assessment and verification process in association with manufacturers on individual product supply chains.

Helping manufacturers to monitor, report on and ultimately eradicate human slavery occurring in their supply chains; the GGTI MSD will, in addition, support companies with large procurement portfolios to comply with Federal, State and International government legislations in Australia, UK and USA and each of their mandatory Modern Slavery Reporting requirements. Otherwise, they potentially incur heavy penalties, depending on the territory in which they are operating.

Global GreenTag has been undertaking product and supply chain level investigations in ethical product certifications that cover many of the issues covered by the Modern Slavery legislation since its inception 10 years ago.  The company welcomes the pressure such legislative requirements applies up and down supply chain lines as Government legislations around Modern Slavery continue to grow and increase the mandate for change.

David Baggs, CEO and Program Director of Global GreenTag International who has led the development of the Global GreenTag MSD™ said:

“We saw a great need and responsibility to help highlight the differences between business as usual products with no transparency about their sourcing and manufacture to those that manage their supply chains to ensure they are ethically, socially and culturally to the best of their capability – and we ‘ve done this from day one of GreenTag’s existence.

What the MSD does differently for companies with large procurement portfolios is give the industry a common language, to help in the collation and aggregation of such complex and variable quality data, make the results transparent and report on not just the risk of Modern Slavery as required by the various legislations but also on the quality of the data relied on to make that assessment.

I am sure that other leading product certification schemes like GECA, Cradle to Cradle, and UL would agree, that the reporting of every product’s life cycle from raw materials extraction to end-of-life outcomes should include ethical considerations such as Modern Slavery and be monitored and declared along with health and environmental considerations.”

Australia, has witnessed powerful legislation enacted in 2019 by the Australian Government, which turned up the heat on Modern Slavery (MS) at a national level to deal with 10 important ethical employment and human rights issues collectively now described as encompassing the concept of ‘Modern Slavery’. Companies operating in Australia with a turnover of more than $100 million are required to submit their MS statements to the Australian Border Force.

“Although the government won’t be enforcing financial penalties as yet because of the impacts of COVID19, it has introduced a world first online register to support the promotion of modern slavery transparency and this year will be publishing companies’ statements on their compliance with the new laws,” said Mr Baggs.

The development of the Global GreenTag MSD has incorporated the needs of Modern Slavery movements globally to meet MS requirements. It embarked on development of the Global GreenTag MSD after the UK in 2015 launched its Modern Slavery Legislation, requiring a mandatory MS Risk Analysis Statement publication for companies with global turnover of more than €50 million. It also followed developments by the State of California in the USA, which has legislated Modern Slavery requirements and in both France and the Netherlands, which have legislated elements of Human Rights requirements.

The certifier also became actively involved with a number of interest bodies to bring stronger focus to the problem of Modern Slavery in Australia and was one of a core group of companies that pledged support behind the Australian Human Rights Commission’s call for Modern Slavery legislation in late 2017.

“More recently, we have been paying close attention to relevant developments in the built environment industries, such as a new credit that is being proposed within the LEED Pilot Credit Library, and the International WELL building Standard for MS Compliant or Ethical Supply Chains ” said Mr Baggs.

“The building industry is a massive consumer of products and materials, but it is not the only industry that has large procurement portfolios, so we hope to be of assistance to companies that need to quickly and progressively assess Modern Slavery risk information at a product level to support their own MS reporting requirements. With the MSD, we highlight manufacturers, products and supply chains that are doing the right thing.”

Protections included within the Global GreenTag product level MSD™ consider a list of Modern Slavery activity, involving: Deceptive Recruiting, Trafficking, Servitude, Forced Labour, Forced Marriage, Debt Bondage, Worst Forms of Child Labour, Discrimination, Equal Remuneration, Free Association and Collective Bargaining.

The scope of the MSD™ provides clarity for all parties along supply chains, communicating transparently:

  • the risk of Modern Slavery in each ingredient or element supply chain; and
  • the reliability of the data, which the Global GreenTag MSD™ statement is based upon.

The GGTI MSD report provides individual supply chain scores and weighted overall average score and risk rankings of ‘Very Low Risk’, ‘Low Risk’, ‘Low to Medium Risk’ through to ‘Medium’ and ‘Very High Risk’).  The report provides a quick product Modern Slavery Risk overview, as well as detailed supporting documentation for a manufacturer’s or their purchasers’ corporate Modern Slavery Statements, whether these be mandated or voluntarily undertaken.

Supporting the development process of the MSD, there were two Stakeholder Review processes conducted internationally by Global GreenTag. The first engaged manufacturers and individuals from various industries, Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) and countries to refine the final version of the MSD process and template, including three large construction companies that would be required within the Australian legislation to publish Modern Slavey Statements to understand in more detail their needs in Modern Slavery Reporting.

The second survey issued was to support the weighting process of the Product MS Scorecard to determine if the indications from the initial stakeholder process that scores should be involved, also meant that weightings of those scores should be involved also, and if so, what those weightings should be.

The results included responses from nearly 50 Australian and International companies, NGOs, City Council and Government Agencies, including several Tier 1 Construction and Accounting companies, the Green Building Council of Australia, the United States Department of Labour, Responsible Wood, and Ethical Supply and Human Rights Organisations.

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Daniel HUARD                  (US Pacific Time zone)

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Cell:                                       +1 702 604 3359

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