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International industry certifications have been established, for example, for managing the world’s forests and fisheries, encouraging businesses to market products and services that are kinder to the environment, improving the global supply chain, and reducing the environmental impact of production sites.

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). The FSC is a non-governmental, non-profit organization established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests by certifying the practices of companies, organizations, and communities. FSC’s certification system consists of 10 principles and 57 criteria that address legal issues, indigenous rights, labor rights, multiple benefits, and environmental impacts associated with forest management.

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). The MSC is a non-governmental, non-profit organization established to promote the responsible management of the world’s fisheries. MSC provides guidelines for certification and eco-labeling programs to establish environmental standards for sustainable fishing and chain of custody standards for seafood traceability.

European Eco-Label. The European Eco-Label is a voluntary standard to encourage businesses to market products and services that are kinder to the environment. It covers a wide range of products and services within the European Union, including cleaning products, appliances, paper products, textile and home and garden products, lubricants, and services such as tourist accommodation.

Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI). The BSCI is a European non-profit organization that focuses on the improvement of social compliance in the global supply chain. It offers a common social management system to retail, brand, and importing companies to improve working conditions in supply chains worldwide and includes a monitoring and qualification system that covers all products sourced from any country.

Oeko-Tex Standard 100. This Standard provides a testing, audit, and certification system for environmentally friendly production sites by assessing the effectiveness of a company’s actions to minimize the environmental impact of its production site(s).

ISO-International Organization for Standardization. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has developed over 18500 International Standards on a variety of subjects and some 1100 new ISO standards are published every year. Of particular relevance to environmental and social issues are ISO 9000, ISO 14000, ISO 22000, and ISO 31000 on quality management systems, environmental management systems, food safety management systems, and risk management, respectively.

ASTM International. ASTM International is a globally recognized leader in the development and delivery of international voluntary consensus standards. Some 12,000 ASTM standards are used around the world to improve product quality, enhance safety, facilitate market access and trade, and build consumer confidence. Standards are used for materials, products, systems and services used in construction, manufacturing and transportation.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was created to ensure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance.

CDC-The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health provides guidance for preventing workplace illnesses and injuries in a variety of industry sectors and topics ranging from safety and prevention to hazards and exposures, chemicals, and emergency preparedness and response.


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