Get involved!

Work with us to make the textile
supply chain sustainable!

Sustainable fashion pays off

Surveys show that three quarters of consumers attach importance to sustainable garments. They believe that manufacturers must ensure that textiles are produced in a way that is both socially and environmentally sustainable. Almost as many consumers would be willing to spend more on fashion items if employees in the supply chains were paid fair wages.

Many companies are already demonstrating that sustainable fashion is possible. The Green Button is making that sustainable fashion visible!

Get involved!

 

Work with us to make the textile supply chain sustainable

The Green Button is a global certification label. You can use the Green Button in Germany and in other countries. Companies from other countries can also apply for Green Button certification. That is important, because many companies operate at international level.

The Green Button addresses all companies that manufacture and/or sell textiles.

The introductory phase of the Green Button began with the launch in September 2019 and will run until the start of the Green Button Standard 2.0.

 

The audit is efficient, involving as little red tape as possible

Companies can draw on evidence already provided, such as recognised product certification labels or prior work within the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles. This will prevent duplication of effort.

The Green Button covers almost all textiles, including synthetic fibres. Obtain Green Button certification for your garments, textile fashion accessories, home textiles, mattresses, bedding and bed linen, backpacks, etc. and stand up for responsibility!

You will find a list of recognised product classes here.

Green Button Leaflet and Information Package for Companies

Here in PDF format to download

This is how it works

HOW TO APPLY FOR THE GREEN BUTTON

GIZ GK Icons Vergabestelle Liste

1. Information and application

Issuing body

Your company contacts the issuing body and requests an audit. The issuing body provides you with information documents and answers your questions about the certification process. Your company then submits an application for certification and this application is checked for eligibility by the issuing body.

Icon sprechblase

2. Consultation

Green Button Secretariat

If your application is approved, the Green Button Secretariat will offer you an informal, confidential consultation. This serves the purpose of preparing for the audit to be conducted by an independent certification body. The consultation will focus on the due diligence requirements and on the product requirements with social and environmental criteria. As a basis for the consultation, your company will be required to complete and submit a self-assessment in advance.

GIZ GK Icons Vergabestelle Lupe

3. Certification audit

Certification body

Following the consultation, your company will make an audit appointment with one of the certification bodies authorised by the Green Button. You will conclude an agreement with the certification body on carrying out the audit. The certification body will monitor fulfilment of all due diligence requirements as well as product requirements. A certificate will be issued if you pass the audit.

GIZ GK Icons Vergabestelle Haken

4. Licensing

Issuing body

After receiving its certificate, your company will conclude a licence agreement with the issuing body. This agreement is valid for a three-year period, during which your company may identify the audited products as Green Button-certified. Your company will find details on identifying and advertising certified products in the Green Button logo manual.

 

Apply today

We will be happy to give you more detailed information on the structures, processes and criteria involved in the Green Button, and to support you throughout the application process.

This way please!

Green Button Standard in detail

Download PDF version here 

FAQs

Frequently asked questions – the Green Button

Why is there a two-year introductory phase?

That is common practice. All certification labels start with an introductory phase and are reviewed at regular intervals. That is also why the Green Button will be consistently further developed, with the assistance of an independent expert advisory council.

During the introductory phase, the conformity assessment programme will be developed in consultation with the Deutsche Akkreditierungsstelle GmbH (DAkkS - German national accreditation body). The independent expert advisory council and a Green Button issuing body have already been established during the introductory phase.

The introductory phase will run until the start of the Green Button Standard 2.0.

What does it cost a company to apply for the Green Button?

During the introductory phase, the scheme owner of the Green Button will bear the costs of the initial audit (pilot certification). This will also include any consultancy services provided by the Green Button Secretariat. Costs incurred after the pilot certification (e.g. for re-certification) must be borne by the company.

There is no legal entitlement to access to free company audits in the introductory phase.

Will license fees be charged for the Green Button?

No, no license fees will be charged.

 

What companies can apply for Green Button certification?

The Green Button addresses all companies that manufacture and/or sell textiles. This includes manufacturers of these goods and retailers that sell products of other companies under their own brand names. You can download a detailed overview of the recognised product classes here.

 

Does the Green Button create more red tape?

No, the audits are unbureaucratic. Companies can draw on evidence already provided, such as recognised product certification labels or prior work within the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles. This will prevent duplication of effort.

Audits will be performed by qualified independent auditing bodies.

Is the Green Button limited to Germany?

No, the Green Button is a global certification label. Companies can use the Green Button in other countries too, and companies from other countries can apply for the Green Button. That is important because many companies operate at international level. The Green Button is in line with EU and WTO law, and audits are conducted on the basis of harmonised international standards.

Can the Green Button be used for public procurement?

Yes. The Green Button can be used for sustainable public procurement in the European Union (EU). Hospitals, police stations and local authorities can use the Green Button criteria, for instance, when procuring lab coats, shirts or other textiles to ensure sustainability.

The Green Button certification is based on international, harmonised standards.

How can companies apply for the Green Button?

Any company can contact the Green Button issuing body and ask for advice. You will find the contact form for the issuing body here.

Green Button issuing body

RAL gemeinnützige GmbH

Fränkische Straße 7

53229 Bonn, Germany

Telephone: +49 228 688 95 195

E-mail: vergabestelle@gruener-knopf.de