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Stakeholder Review of SCS Standards

Stakeholder feedback is an important step in developing standards. SCS is committed to providing a transparent forum for receiving and addressing comments in a way that improves the standards we write.

Each standard under development by SCS will be posted to this website for review and comment for a minimum of 60 days. (Under exceptional circumstances, the review period may be reduced to 30 days). In addition, SCS will seek out experts, clients and other key stakeholders for comment to assure a balancing of perspectives. After incorporating feedback and completing an internal review, SCS will make available, upon request, versions of the standard with a summary of our response(s) to stakeholder comments.

Comments may be made public. If you would prefer that your comments be kept confidential or anonymous, it is important that you indicate this in your preferences below.

Please note, the following review is intended to capture comments regarding the content of the standard. If you would like to make a comment or complaint in regards to the standard development process, please complete our Comments and Complaints Form.

Standards Under Review

Recycled Content Standard – Second Public Comment Period

Since 1990, SCS’ Recycled Content certification has helped manufacturers demonstrate their commitment to conserving natural resources, meet customer specifications, qualify products for LEED and environmentally preferable purchasing (EPP) programs, and support corporate sustainability goals. Manufacturers of carpet, textiles, building products, wood and paper products, insulation, clothing, jewelry, and more seek this trusted certification label.

With V7.0, SCS is pleased to announce some exciting additions to the SCS Recycled Content Standard:

  • New certification option for a particular material with recycled content. For example, “made with 100% post-consumer recycled PET resin.” This claim provides an added value to the Recycled Content certification, and it is more easily passed along the supply chain. (Note: SCS will continue to offer the traditional minimum content claim based on the entire product)
  • Our Reclaimed Silvicultural Fiber claim, which had been under the umbrella of the Recycled Content standard, will be replaced by a new certification program, to be developed by the SCS Natural Resources Team. This program will include criteria for recovered wood, as well as minimum legal requirements.
  • For precious metal and 3T metal (tin, tungsten, tantalum) products, the manufacturer shall demonstrate the implementation of a “Know Your Customer” procedure.

  Recycled Content Standard V7.0

Please download and review this standard and send us your comments by June 4, 2014. You can do so by emailing an attached version with your comments to Manager of Material Services, ECS Division, Alicia Godlove: agodlove@scsglobalservices.comWe look forward to receiving your feedback!

Responsible Source™ Standard for Diamonds

The Responsible Source™ Standard for Diamonds recognizes that the mining, processing (cutting and polishing), and distribution of diamonds and diamond parcels, and the use of these diamonds in finished goods such as jewelry are associated with various environmental, social, ethical, and political impacts and implications.  The Standard describes the requirements for third-party substantiation of the claims asserted by diamond distributors (whose business is buying and selling diamonds and diamond jewelry, including, but not limited to, a business, organization, or agency whose business is the purchase and sale of diamonds or diamond jewelry, including brokers, retailers, and jewelry manufacturers) selling responsibly sourced diamonds from post-consumer sources originating from the existing world inventory. It applies to gemstone-quality diamonds.

This Standard allows an entity to demonstrate that:

  • It mitigates the risk that qualifying diamonds and diamond parcels come from unethical sources
  • It sources qualifying diamonds and diamond parcels from ethical, post-consumer sources
  • It sources qualifying diamonds and diamond parcels using fair purchasing practices
  • It engages in fair labor practices
  • It measures its environmental performance across key indicator categories
  • It meets chain of custody requirements

  Responsible Source™ Standard for Diamonds

Please download and review this standard and send us your comments by July 3, 2014. You can do so by emailing an attached version with your comments to Manager of Material Services, ECS Division, Alicia Godlove: agodlove@scsglobalservices.comWe look forward to receiving your feedback!