Green Button 2.0

The second and final public consultation on the Green Button 2.0 requirements has been concluded. Find out here which next steps will be taken in the further development of the label.

The Green Button is in development

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. In summer 2022, the more advanced, even more ambitious version of the label will also be presented to the public, the Green Button 2.0.

Two public consultation rounds were held as part of the further development of the label, in which the criteria of the Green Button 2.0 were discussed: From December 18th 2020 to February 7th 2021, there was the possibility to provide feedback on the draft version of the due diligence requirements. The evaluation of your feedback is summarised in a synopsis which you can find here. The second round of consultation on the draft version of the entire standard, i.e. product and company requirements, took place from July 5th to August 9th 2021.

Consultations on the Green Button 2.0 have been concluded

A great thank you to all who participated in the two public consultations on the Green Button 2.0. With your expert feedback, you are helping us to make the government-run label even better! We have evaluated your extensive feedback and comments in detail and have further revised the criteria and have discussed them with the expert advisory council. We are planning to release the new standard version on our website in April or May 2022 and are preparing a public launch for summer 2022. 

Ulrich Plein, Head of the Green Button Secretariat
Ulrich Plein

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:

  • Essential steps towards living wages
  • Due diligence covering the entire supply chain and broader anchoring of due diligence processes in the company
  • Stronger engagement with potentially affected stakeholders
  • Sustainability goals for the company's management 

Product requirements:

  • For the first time requirements for materials and fibers used
  • Further development and adjustment of existing requirements at the level of manufacturing and textile wet processing

Overview of the further development 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 were the basis for the second public consultation. The second consultation has now also been concluded.

The next steps:

Following the complete evaluation and analysis of the feedback from the second round of consultation, and based on the recommendations of the expert advisory council, the final version of the requirements have be decided upo by the scheme owner. The decision on the implementation lies with the scheme owner, the German 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 entire Green Button Standard 2.0, i.e. the draft version of the Due Diligence and Product Requirements; Publication of a synopsis 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

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Finalisation of the requirements

End of 2021

Decision on the 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

By summer 2022

Finalisation and publication of the relevant standard documents for the Green Button Standard 2.0

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Green Button 2.0

By summer 2022

Perspectively, first audits according to the Green Button Standard 2.0. Licensees go through the audits within one year.

Public documents on the further development

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

In due time, you will also find a synopsis of the second round of consultations as well as a statement of the expert advisory council on the entire standard here.

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 provided the basis for the second round of consultation on the due diligence requirements.

The second consultation on the due diligence requirements, which has already been concluded, aimed to revisit specific individual requirements for discussion. This primarily concerned 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 already concluded consultation provide relevant information on the background, framework, objectives and next steps in the further development of the Green Button.

Terms of reference

Statement of the expert advisory council

In multiple council meetings, the expert advisory council members, chaired by Michael Windfuhr (Deputy Director of the German Institute for Human Rights), discussed the draft criteria.

The statements as well as further information on the expert advisory council can be found here.

At the moment, the statement from September 2021 is only available in German. An English version will follow shortly.