Verification of Recycled Content: ISO 14021 Environmental Labels and Declarations
In response to the trend of a circular economy, many large companies have requested their suppliers to provide evidence that their products achieve certain recycled content. The best way for manufacturers to prove this is to comply with the ISO 14021 Environmental labels and declarations, an international standard published by ISO. This standard assists you to verify the manufacturing processes involving recycled materials, prove material sources and verify the product’s recycled content.
The standard of ISO 14021:2016 Environmental labels and declarations — Self-declared environmental claims, specifies the requirements for self-declared environmental claims, including statements, symbols and graphics, regarding products. It further describes selected terms commonly used in environmental claims and qualifies their uses.
SGS provides ISO 14021 verification service to buyers and manufacturers to ensure the recycled claims so that the importers and the purchasers are more confident with the claims.
Advantages for Companies
Companies that choose to validate the self-declared environmental assertions in accordance with ISO 14021 by an independent and accredited certification body can:
- Declare compliance with international trading and export requirements
- Build up the image and reputation to the adoption of sustainability policies
- Have an effective influence on the purchasing decision to achieve increased market share
SGS’s audit against ISO 14021
It includes but not limited to:
- Procurement documents
- Warehousing of recycled material
- Production and final products
- Sales and Marketing Materials
Contact us to learn more about ISO 14021.