Third-party recognition as a Certified Responsible Source™ confirms that your synthetic fiber and resin have been produced in accordance with fundamental benchmarks of environmental, social and ethical accountability. This certification reinforces the sustainability objectives of your business customers manufacturing or merchandising a wide range of finished products, from apparel and footwear to upholstered furnishings, housewares, and geotextiles.
Recyclers, processors, and downstream manufacturers who produce synthetic polymers and fiber, such as polyester and nylon, are eligible for certification. Examples include: recycled polymer scrap, resin, pellets, and flake; undyed fiber and spun fiber; and fabrics made from these materials.
We provide a full spectrum of environmental and sustainability certification services. For example, natural fibers may be certified as sustainably grown. Packaging may be certified for its recycled content. And our life cycle assessment team can help you set up supply chain management tools.
Apply for Certification
Complete and submit an SCS Application Form. SCS will scope the project based on information provided in the application and will prepare a proposal for your approval with suggested timeline and quote. Once you approve the proposal, you will sign a Work Order and an account manager will be assigned to guide you through the certification process.
A SCS technical coordinator will help you assemble preliminary data which will be submitted to SCS. SCS will review the product data, corporate documentation, manufacturing process, product formulation, testing, etc, and assess your readiness for an audit. Once sufficient data is collected, an auditor is assigned.
SCS will conduct the certification audit, which will include an on-site inspection of your facility and an upstream supply chain assessment. The auditor will interact with your technical staff to clarify and obtain any additional information that might prove essential to reaching an accurate supportable evaluation.
Draft Assessment Report
The auditor will write a draft assessment report that details the findings of the audit, which will include data analysis, non-conformities, and opportunities for improvement.
Internal peer review
Another qualified SCS auditor will review the report, making any necessary corrections or changes before the report is sent to the client.
You will need to respond to any non-conformities with a corrective action plan. You may also make comments and responses to the information contained in the report and the conclusions drawn by the auditor.
Make Certification Decision
SCS will conduct a final technical review of the assessment report and make the final certification decision.
If certification is granted, SCS will issue the certificate and final report to your facility or operation. Once certified, your company is listed in the Green Products Certificate Database and SCS website.
SCS provides ongoing program support, including on-going staff assistance, marketing and promotional support, and information about new or revised requirements. You will receive information about the logo approval system and use of SCS trademarks for both on-product and off-product promotions.
Certification Maintenance and Renewal
SCS requires annual surveillance audits to maintain your certification.
Responsible Source Fibers V1.0
Participation in the Certified Responsible Source program benefits you, your customers, and other stakeholders, by allowing you to:
To be certified, companies must first develop and implement an environmental plan, then monitor air emissions, energy use, water use and discharge,and waste generation and handling. Companies establish baseline performance levels and demonstrate significant improvement over time.
Certified companies uphold international standards related to fair, progressive, and safe social business practices. Key areas addressed include involuntary labor, forced labor, child labor, discrimination, transparent terms of employment, grievances, fair compensation practices, reasonable working hours, and environmental health and safety.
Ethical conduct extends beyond the doors of a company's manufacturing site. Certification ensures the integrity of a company's sourcing methods along the entire supply chain. Managing the source of materials helps prevent obtaining materials from deceptive or unethical suppliers.
SCS is a neutral third-party certifier and standards developer, unaffiliated with any industry related businesses or trade associations. SCS consulted industry experts and referenced existing standards throughout the standards development and public comment process. We always welcome constructive feedback on our standards, and continuously update and improve them.
SCS provides ongoing program support, including on-going staff assistance, marketing and promotional support, and information about new or revised requirements. Certified clients will receive information about the logo approval system and use of SCS trademarks for both on-product and off-product promotions.