It's your turn!

The second and final public consultation on the Green Button 2.0 requirements has started. Find out here how you can participate in the consultation.

From Green Button 1.0 to Green Button 2.0

The development of the government-run label includes, on the one hand, the revision of the already existing requirements in light of the lessons learned from audits in the still ongoing pilot phase. Additionally, we are adding new requirements.

Key topics in the revision of the Green Button Standard:

Due diligence requirements:

  • First steps toward living wages
  • Further development of grievance mechanisms
  • Strengthening the integration of policy and reporting
  • Stronger engagement with affected stakeholders
  • Anchoring of due diligence in corporate processes
  • Deepening the requirements into the supply chains

Product requirements:

  • Expansion of the requirements for material and fiber use
  • Further development and adjustment of existing requirements at the level of manufacturing and textile wet processing

Next steps in the development process

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Get involved!

Help us to make the certification label even better!

We are looking forward to your feedback on the Green Button 2.0 until August 9th, 2021.


Participate in our online consultation!
The participation process for further development is accessible and open to all interested parties.

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Preparation

Interested in learning more about the Green Button 2.0 consultation? The explanatory video can be viewed here. In the recording you will receive information all about the public consultation. To make it easier for you to participate in the consultation, you will find a number of useful documents below.

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Participation

Now it's your turn!
You can participate in the consultation by answering the online questionnaire. In addition, we will collect your feedback from the participation formats and expert panels. Alternatively, you can send us your feedback on the draft version of the requirements by email to revision@gruener-knopf.de.

Supporting documents of the consultation

The following documents are available for download and provide background information and explanations on the consultation process.

Please familiarise yourself with the terms, the indicator grids and the synopsis of the outcomes of the first consultation phase before actively participating in the consultation.

Draft version of the due diligence and product requirements

The revised draft version of the due diligence and product requirements for the Green Button 2.0 are available for download here.

Draft version of the requirements

Outcomes of the first consultation (synopsis)

This synopsis contains a summary of the feedback from the first consultation round as well as a presentation of the further developed indicators. The synopsis thus provides the basis for the second round of consultation on the due diligence requirements.

The second consultation on the due diligence requirements aims to revisit specific individual requirements for discussion. This primarily concerns requirements for which the feedback was particularly controversial as well as requirements that were newly added in the course of the revision.

Synopsis

Terms of reference of the consultation

The terms of reference of the consultation provide relevant information on the background, framework, objectives and next steps in the further development of the Green Button.

We recommend reading this document before actively engaging in a participation format.

Terms of reference

Statement of the expert advisory council

In a council meeting on December 10th, 2020, the members of the expert advisory council chaired by Michael Windfuhr (Deputy Director of the German Institute for Human Rights) have already had the chance to discuss the draft version of the Due Diligence Requirements.

Statement of the expert advisory council
 

The expert advisory council met again on June 2nd 2021 to review the entire standard, i.e. due diligence and product requirements. The second statement of the advisory board will be available for downloaded in due time.

Questions? Listen in on our webinar

Interested in learning more about the Green Button 2.0 consultation? The explanatory video can be viewed here.

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In the live recording you will get:

  • Information about the public consultation
  • Explanation of the processes and useful information on the draft version of the requirements
  • Overview of the next steps toward the Green Button 2.0
  • Overview of the consultation process

    Mid 2020, the scheme owner commissioned expert opinions for the revision of the current due diligence and product requirements. The draft version of the revised due diligence requirements was presented to the independent expert advisory council. The expert advisory council's feedback on the due diligence requirements marked the start of the public consultation. Your extensive feedback from the first consultation and the feedback of the expert advisory council on the entire standard are the basis for the second public consultation. Following the complete evaluation and analysis of the consultation feedback, and based on the recommendations of the expert advisory council, the final version of the requirements will be decided by the scheme owner. The decision on the implementation lies with the scheme owner, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

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    Development of the draft version of the requirements

    By December 2020

    Preparation of the draft version for the revised and expanded Due Diligence and Product Requirements of the Green Button 2.0

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    Consultation Phase 1

    December 18th 2020 - February 7th 2021

    Public consultation on the draft version of the Green Button 2.0 Due Diligence Requirements

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    Evaluation

    March – June 2021

    Evaluation of the feedback from the first consultation and revision of the due diligence requirements in light of the consultation feedback

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    Consultation Phase 2

    July 5th – August 9th 2021

    Second, final public consultation on the complete Green Button Standard 2.0, i.e. the draft version of the Due Diligence and Product Requirements are available for discussion. Publication of a summary of the first consultation results.

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    Evaluation

    August – October 2021

    Evaluation of the feedback from the second consultation and second revision of the requirements; publication of a summary of the results from the second consultation round on this website

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    Finalisation of the requirements

    October 2021

    Decision on the final Green Button 2.0 requirements by the scheme owner (BMZ) based on the recommendations of the expert advisory council.

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    Finalisation of the standard

    End of 2021

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    Green Button 2.0

    Beginning of 2022

    First audits according to the Green Button Standard 2.0