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How many business sustainability certifications are there?

Sustainable Business Certification - picture taken by Rawpixel.comI have started researching to see how many national and international sustainability certifications are currently available.

I want to understand what exactly each certification covers, if they are still certifying companies, and what companies need to do to become certified and remain certified.

I am numbering them as a tracking system, not as a quality or recommendation signifier. I have 35 so far! Please share certifications you are aware of with me.

Sustainability Certifications for Companies

1. B Corporation

Industry: All for-profit companies

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How companies become certified: Must complete the B Corporation assessment and earn a minimum of 80 qualifying points out of 200.

How companies become re-certified: Every 2-5 years companies are audited and required to submit documentation requested by the auditor to validate their original assessment score, lower it or increase it.

2. LEED

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3. EDGE

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4. GRESB

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5. Parksmart

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6. PEER

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7. SITES

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8. TRUE

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9. WELL

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10. Green Business Bureau

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11. Green America Seal

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12. One Percent for the Planet

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13. Green Plus Certification

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14. Green Seal Certification

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15. GECA Eco Label

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16. AsureQuality

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17. BioGro

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18. carbonzero

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19. Conscious Consumers

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20. Corporate Responsibility Index

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21. Demeter Association US Certification

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22. Demeter Association International Certification

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23. Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes

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24. ECO Warranty Certification

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25. Energy-Mark Programme Certification

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26. Energy-Mark Silver Certification

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27. Energy Star

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28. Environmental Choice – New Zealand

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29. FAIRTRADE Certification

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30. Forest Stewardship Council – Global Forest Certification

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31. FTSE4Good Index

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32. Green Globe Certification

Industry: Tourism

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33. Green Star – New Zealand

Industry: Buildings

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34. Green Tick Sustainable Certified – Australia

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35. IFOAM Organics International

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Sustainability Certifications for Individuals

International Society of Sustainability Professionals

What does it cover: This group provides two levels: Sustainability Associate (IISP-SA) and Certified Sustainability Professional (IISP-CSP).

Are they still certifying: Yes

Harvard Extension School

What does it cover: Sustainability Certificate

Are they still certifying: Yes

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