Print Media Ecology Question 6

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Does the brand (company) have a policy to seek out suppliers and/or service providers who conduct their business with environmentally responsible principles?

  • Dutch version: Voorziet het beleid van het merk (bedrijf) in milieu criteria voor de handel en wandel van toeleveranciers en dienstverleners?
  • German version: Beinhalten die Beschaffungsstandards des Markenherstellers Umweltkriterien zur Beauftragung von Lieferanten und/oder Dienstleistern?

References and Guidelines

Brand should mention environmental criteria for at least one purchasing range other than paper (like hardware, telephones, office products or catering).

Please note that the sustainable procurement of paper has already been covered in the previous questions. So for this question we are looking for a sustainable procurement policy for anything but paper.

For office products, think of furniture wood certified according to initiatives like FSC where environmental standards are included;

For catering, think of Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance, Utz certified or otherwise socially certified catering prodcuts like coffee, tea and fruit.

For hardware (computers or mobile phones) there are no official certifications yet, so think of a strict purchasing policy with strict environmental standards for its suppliers.

Important expert organizations in the field of sustainable coffee production are represented in the Tropical Commodities Coalition (TCC). The coalition evaluates and compares the most common certification schemes for coffee, like Fair Trade, Utz and Rainforest Alliance. According to TCC, the schemes vary by nature and all have their specific strengths. After consulting experts from the Tropical Commodities Coalition, we have concluded that all these systems are better than no system, but it has by far not been proven if one system benefits coffee farmers more than others systems. Therefore, all the standards as mentioned by TCC are eligible to this question, including the Starbucks and Nespresso own company certifications.

Ranking guidelines

Only rank 'yes' when the brand (company) has either a strict purchasing policy with strict environmental standards or when the brand uses environmentally certified products.