New database organizes eco-labels and certifications

Tool includes 100 programs for review

February 9, 2011
by Purchasing b2b staff

FLORHAM PARK, NJ: BASF has launched the SELECT Eco-Label Manager, a database to manage eco-labels, environmental claims, directories and ratings systems.

According to BASF, the SELECT (Sustainability, Eco-Labeling and Environmental Certification Tracking) Eco-Label Manager allows the user to search, analyze and compare these programs in a structured and consistent format.

“The demand for environmentally preferable products is rapidly evolving and influencing purchasing decisions along entire supply chains,” said Pat Meyer, senior product steward and program leader at BASF. “These purchasing requirements have spawned hundreds of eco-labels and programs from the federal government, large retailers, trade associations and third-party organizations, leading to a lot of confusion.”

As a result, many businesses are spending considerable time and resources trying to understand and manage classifications. The BASF SELECT Eco-Label Manager is designed to simplify and streamline these efforts, said Meyer.

The tool includes 100 programs for review—mostly associated with North America—but is continuing to add programs from around the world. Examples  of these programs include Built Green Canada, a residential construction checklist and energy rating system; USGBC LEED programs and the Green Guides, a set of guidelines established by the US Federal Trade Commission to help manufacturers make clear and substantiated marketing claims.