It's your turn!
Let the revision begin. The draft version of the Green Button (Grüner Knopf) 2.0 Due Diligence Requirements is now available. Help us to make the certification label even better. Take part in the consultation.
The Green Button is in development
THE FIRST CONSULTATION BEGINS
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.
We are now taking the next step by starting the consultation period of the Green Button 2.0. There will be a total of two public consultations: you have until January 31st, 2021 to give us your feedback on the draft version of the Due Diligence Requirements. In April 2021, the complete standard, i.e. Due Diligence and Product Requirements, will be discussed in a second consultation round. What are your thoughts on the draft version of the Green Button 2.0? With your feedback, we are able to further develop the certification label.
As scheme owner, the transparent development of the Green Button and involvement of all stakeholders in the development process is of particular importance to us.Gunther Beger, Head of Department at the BMZ
From Green Button 1.0 to Green Button 2.0
The development of the government-run certification label includes, on the one hand, a revision of the already existing requirements in light of the lessons learned from audits in the still ongoing pilot phase. Additionally, we are adding completely new requirements:
Key topics in the revision of the Due Diligence Requirements:
- First steps toward living wages
- Further development of grievance mechanisms
- Policy and reporting
- Meaningful engagement with affected stakeholders
- Embedding Due Diligence within the company
- Expansion of the supply chain management
In preparation of planned German Due Diligence legislation, the current requirements were systematically aligned with the OECD Due Diligence Guidance. An official OECD Alignment Assessment is planned for the Green Button 2.0 following the finalisation of its Due Diligence Requirements.
Help us to make the Green Button even better!
We look forward to receiving your suggestions and ideas for the Green Button 2.0 by January 31st, 2021.
Participate in our online consultation!
You will be guided through the planned main adjustments to the Due Diligence Requirements and can give us your feedback online.
Of course, you can also send your feedback on the draft version of the requirements or the consultation process as a whole to email@example.com.
The draft of the requirements - what the Expert Advisory Council says
The draft version of the Green Button 2.0 Due Diligence Requirements can be downloaded here.
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. Their statement is also available for download.
Draft version of the requirements + statement of the expert advisory council
The consultation process
Mid 2020, the Green Button Secretariat commissioned expert opinions for the revision of the current Due Diligence and Product Requirements. The draft version was presented to the independent expert advisory council. The expert advisory council’s feedback on the Due Diligence Requirements marks the start of the public consultation. All interested parties are invited to participate in the consultation. The process is publicly available and accessible.
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
Consultation Phase 1
December 2020 - 31 January 2021
Public consultation on the draft version of the Green Button 2.0 Due Diligence Requirements
February - March 2021
Publication of a summary of the consultation results on this website; revision of the Due Diligence Requirements taking into account the consultation feedback
Consultation Phase 2
April - May 2021
Second, final public consultation on the complete Green Button Standard 2.0, i.e. the draft version of the Due Diligence and Product Requirements are available for discussion. Changes from the first round of consultation are made public
June - July 2021
Publication of a summary of the results from the second consultation round on this website; second revision of the requirements taking into account the consultation feedback
By July 2021
Final consultation with the expert advisory council; finalisation of the requirements by the scheme owner based on the recommendations of the expert advisory council; Implementation decision lies with the scheme owner; submission of the conformity assessment programme to the national German Accreditation Body (DAkkS).
Examination of the conformity assessment programme by the national German Accreditation Body (DAkkS); beginning of the accreditation of certification bodies
Green Button 2.0
End of 2021
First audits according to the Green Button Standard 2.0
Questions? Listen in on our webinar
Would you like to know more about the Green Button 2.0 consultation? Then visit the live recording from January 11th. The webinar was held in German, but the video can be played with English subtitles.