Public consultation

The first of two public consultations on the Green Button 2.0 requirements has now been concluded. Find out here how our journey toward the Green Button 2.0 continues.

The Green Button is in development

PUBLIC CONSULTATION

The government-run textile certification label Green Button has been in effect since September 2019. Since its launch, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) as scheme owner has been announcing that  the Green Button would undergo further, step-by-step development. Measures to protect people and the environment are to be expanded, and risks are to be addressed even better - ultimately along the entire supply chain.

Another step in the further development of the label has been taken: the first public consultation on the Green Button 2.0. has been completed. There will be two public consultations in total: Until February 07th, 2021 there was the possibility to give your feedback on the draft of the Due Diligence Requirements. In April 2021, the overall standard, i.e. Due Diligence and Product Requirements, will then be discussed in a second round of consultation. With your feedback, you help us to further develop the certification label.

As scheme owner, the transparent development of the Green Button and involvement of all stakeholders in the development process is of particular importance to us.

Gunther Beger, Head of Department at the BMZ
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From Green Button 1.0 to Green Button 2.0

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

Key topics in the revision of the Due Diligence Requirements:

  • First steps toward living wages
  • Further development of grievance mechanisms
  • Policy and reporting
  • Meaningful engagement with affected stakeholders
  • Embedding Due Diligence within the company
  • Expansion of the supply chain management

In preparation of planned German Due Diligence legislation, the current requirements were systematically aligned with the OECD Due Diligence Guidance. An official OECD Alignment Assessment is planned for the Green Button 2.0 following the finalisation of its Due Diligence Requirements.

You help us to make the Green Button even better!

The first public consultation on the Due Diligence Requirements for the Green Button 2.0. has been completed by February 07th, 2021.

Thank you for participating!

The results are now being analysed. Following this, a summary of the consultation results will be published here.

Don't miss it: The second consultation on the Due Diligence and Product Requirements will take place between April and May 2021.

The draft of the requirements - what the Expert Advisory Council says

The draft version of the Green Button 2.0 Due Diligence Requirements can be downloaded here.

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. Their statement is also available for download.

 

Draft version of the requirements + statement of the expert advisory council

The consultation process

Mid 2020, the Green Button Secretariat commissioned expert opinions for the revision of the current Due Diligence and Product Requirements. The draft version was presented to the independent expert advisory council. The expert advisory council’s feedback on the Due Diligence Requirements marks the start of the public consultation. All interested parties are invited to participate in the consultation. The process is publicly available and accessible.

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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 2020 - 07th February 2021

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

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Evaluation

February - March 2021

Publication of a summary of the consultation results on this website; revision of the Due Diligence Requirements taking into account the consultation feedback

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Consultation Phase 2

April - May 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. Changes from the first round of consultation are made public

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Evaluation

June - July 2021

Publication of a summary of the results from the second consultation round on this website; second revision of the requirements taking into account the consultation feedback

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Finalisation

By July 2021

Final consultation with the expert advisory council; finalisation of the requirements by the scheme owner based on the recommendations of the expert advisory council; Implementation decision lies with the scheme owner; submission of the conformity assessment programme to the national German Accreditation Body (DAkkS).

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Accreditation

Autumn 2021

Examination of the conformity assessment programme by the national German Accreditation Body (DAkkS); beginning of the accreditation of certification bodies

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Green Button 2.0

End of 2021

First audits according to the Green Button Standard 2.0

Questions? Listen in on our webinar

 

Would you like to know more about the Green Button 2.0 consultation? Then visit the live recording from January 11th. The webinar was held in German, but the video can be played with English subtitles.

 

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In the live recording you will get:

  • Information about the public consultation
  • Brief insights into the key issues
  • Interesting facts about the process