Green Button 2.0

The second and final public consultation on the Green Button 2.0 requirements has now been concluded. Find out here which next steps will be taken in the further development of the label.

The Green Button is in development

The government-run textile certification label Green Button has been in effect since September 2019. Since its launch, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) as scheme owner has been announcing that the Green Button would undergo further, step-by-step development. Measures to protect people and the environment are to be expanded, and risks are to be addressed even better - ultimately along the entire supply chain. Just two years after its launch, a more advanced, even more ambitious version of the label will be introduced at the end of 2021, the Green Button 2.0.

Two public consultation rounds were held as part of the further development of the label, in which the criteria of the Green Button 2.0 were discussed: From December 18th 2020 to February 7th 2021, there was the possibility to provide feedback on the draft version of the due diligence requirements. The evaluation of your feedback is summarised in a synopsis which you can find here. The second round of consultation on the draft version of the entire standard, i.e. product and company requirements, took place from July 5th to August 9th 2021.

Consultations on the Green Button 2.0 have been concluded

A great thank you to all who participated in the two public consultations on the Green Button 2.0. With your expert feedback, you are helping us to make the government-run label even better! For the next step, we will evaluate your extensive feedback and comments in detail and then further revise the criteria and discuss them with the expert advisory council. Here we will provide you with the latest information on the process leading to the Green Button 2.0. 

Ulrich Plein, Head of the Green Button Secretariat
Ulrich Plein

From Green Button 1.0 to Green Button 2.0

The development of the government-run label includes, on the one hand, the revision of the already existing requirements in light of the lessons learned from audits in the still ongoing pilot phase. Additionally, we are adding new requirements.

Key topics in the revision of the Green Button Standard:

Due diligence requirements:

  • First steps toward living wages
  • Further development of grievance mechanisms
  • Strengthening the integration of policy and reporting
  • Stronger engagement with affected stakeholders
  • Anchoring of due diligence in corporate processes
  • Deepening the requirements into the supply chains

Product requirements:

  • Expansion of the requirements for material and fiber use
  • Further development and adjustment of existing requirements at the level of manufacturing and textile wet processing

Overview of the further development process

Mid 2020, the scheme owner commissioned expert opinions for the revision of the current due diligence and product requirements. The draft version of the revised due diligence requirements was presented to the independent expert advisory council. The expert advisory council's feedback on the due diligence requirements marked the start of the public consultation. Your extensive feedback from the first consultation and the feedback of the expert advisory council on the entire standard were the basis for the second public consultation. The second consultation has now also been concluded.

The next steps:

Following the complete evaluation and analysis of the feedback from the second round of consultation, and based on the recommendations of the expert advisory council, the final version of the requirements will be decided by the scheme owner. The decision on the implementation lies with the scheme owner, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

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Development of the draft version of the requirements

By December 2020

Preparation of the draft version for the revised and expanded Due Diligence and Product Requirements of the Green Button 2.0

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Consultation Phase 1

December 18th 2020 - February 7th 2021

Public consultation on the draft version of the Green Button 2.0 Due Diligence Requirements

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Evaluation

March – June 2021

Evaluation of the feedback from the first consultation and revision of the due diligence requirements in light of the consultation feedback

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Consultation Phase 2

July 5th – August 9th 2021

Second, final public consultation on the entire Green Button Standard 2.0, i.e. the draft version of the Due Diligence and Product Requirements; Publication of a synopsis of the first consultation results

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Evaluation

August – October 2021

Evaluation of the feedback from the second consultation and second revision of the requirements

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Finalisation of the requirements

October 2021

Decision on the final Green Button 2.0 requirements by the scheme owner (BMZ) based on the recommendations of the expert advisory council; publication of a summary of the results from the second consultation round on this website

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Finalisation of the standard

End of 2021

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Green Button 2.0

Beginning of 2022

First audits according to the Green Button Standard 2.0

Public documents on the further development

The following documents are available for download and provide background information and explanations on the consultation and further development process.

In due time, you will also find a synopsis of the second round of consultations as well as a statement of the expert advisory council on the entire standard here.

Draft version of the due diligence and product requirements

The revised draft version of the due diligence and product requirements for the Green Button 2.0 are available for download here.

Draft version of the requirements

Outcomes of the first consultation (synopsis)

This synopsis contains a summary of the feedback from the first consultation round as well as a presentation of the further developed indicators. The synopsis thus provided the basis for the second round of consultation on the due diligence requirements.

The second consultation on the due diligence requirements, which has already been concluded, aimed to revisit specific individual requirements for discussion. This primarily concerned requirements for which the feedback was particularly controversial as well as requirements that were newly added in the course of the revision.

Synopsis

Terms of reference of the consultation

The terms of reference of the already concluded consultation provide relevant information on the background, framework, objectives and next steps in the further development of the Green Button.

Terms of reference

Statement of the expert advisory council

In a council meeting on December 10th, 2020, the members of the expert advisory council chaired by Michael Windfuhr (Deputy Director of the German Institute for Human Rights) have already had the chance to discuss the draft version of the Due Diligence Requirements.

Statement of the expert advisory council
 

The expert advisory council met again on June 2nd 2021 to review the entire standard, i.e. due diligence and product requirements. The second statement of the advisory board will be available for downloaded in due time.