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The Green Button

The government-run certification label for sustainable textiles

The Green Button is a government-run certification label for sustainable textiles. What makes it special: it is the first certification label that systematically evaluates whether companies take responsibility for respecting human rights and environmental standards in their supply chains. Why?

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What is the problem? The status quo in the textile sector
From the cotton field to the hanger: Before a garment ends up in our wardrobe, it goes through many different production stages.
Where there's one supplier, there are likely many: Often a textile company contracts direct suppliers, who in turn contract further suppliers, so-called subcontractors.
Countless participants...instead of a linear supply chain, the production of textiles is therefore dominated by interwoven structures.
...entail countless risks: The Result: often, the purchasing companies lack a concrete overview of what the social and ecological production conditions are like in their globally distributed supply chain.
Due Diligence is the key: For sustainable textile production, companies must take responsibility for people and the environment in the production process. This is where the Green Button comes in and makes due diligence the central component of its requirements.

What does the Green Button evaluate?

To receive the Green Button, companies must comply with demanding requirements. They must prove that they take responsibility for their actions in their supply chains as well as keep an eye on the production processes. More information and a basic overview of all of the certification label’s criteria can be found here.

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Responsible companies

The government-run certification label evaluates whether companies fulfil their human rights and environmental due diligence obligations along their supply chain.

Sustainable production

In addition, there must be proof in the form of recognised certification labels that the respective product has been produced in a socially and environmentally sound manner.

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Socially sound

Good for people

Working and social conditions in textile production are improved.

Environmentally sound

Good for nature

The environment is protected in the production process.

Government-run

A label you can trust

The government determines the criteria and conditions for the Green Button – providing clarity you can trust.

Independently certified

Independent evaluation

Independent certification bodies evaluate compliance with the criteria.