Green Certifications


Description: Prohibits the use of hormones, antibiotics, genetic engineering, radiation, synthetic pesticides, and fertilizers.

Issues addressed by this claim: Biodiversity, GMOs, pesticides/herbicides/fungicides, soil, toxins

Verification process: Third-party organization conducts ongoing field-site audits, and chain-of-custody data is required.

Standards development process: Standard-setting process included broad stakeholder input.

Claims seen on these product types: Meat, poultry, berries, cheese, dairy, eggs, vegetables, fruit, wine, beer, coffee, chocolate, peanut butter, nuts, juice, soy milk, sugar, olive oil, milk, cocoa, cereal, beverages, baby food, personal care, clothing, moisturizer, shampoo, face powder, lotions, deodorant, eye makeup, lipstick

Managing organization: USDA National Organic Program


CCOF Certification Services, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of the CCOF Trade Association, provides a wide array of cost-effective, organic certification programs. We certify farm and livestock operations, processors, retailers, private labelers, and restaurants-truly farm to fork certification. CCOF Certification Services is accredited by the USDA National Organic Program.

Managing organization:  CCOF 






Description: Indicates that products were produced without the use of synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, or animal by-products. Use of genetic engineering is also prohibited. One year is required for full conversion to certified biodynamic from organic farming, three years from conventional farming.

Issues addressed by this claim: Biodiversity, GMOs, pesticides/herbicides/fungicides, soil, toxins, natural resources, food safety, water management, waste

Verification process: Third-party field-site audits, with annual renewal of certification required. Demeter inspectors must be certified by one of the independent agencies listed here.

In order to qualify for Demeter Biodynamic¨ status, a farm must first meet the same three-year transition requirement that USDA Certified Organic farming requires.

Standards development process: Standard-setting process did not include broad stakeholder input.

Claims seen on these product types: Meat, poultry, berries, fruit, cheese, dairy, eggs, vegetables, wine

Managing organization: Demeter U.S. Branch


Fish Friendly Farming® provides an incentive-based method for creating and sustaining environmental quality and habitat on private land. Landowners and managers enroll in the program, learn environmentally beneficial management practices and carry out ecological restoration projects. The focus is on the land manager as the central figure in achieving and sustaining environmental quality. This approach ensures long-term environmental improvements, sustainable agriculture and implements the principles of state and federal environmental regulations. Three resource agencies—the Regional Water Quality Control Board, the National Marine Fisheries Service, and the County Agricultural Commissioner—provide an objective third-party certification.

Managing Organization:  Fish Friendly Farming





Description: Protects wetlands and watersheds through the planting of trees and cover crops, natural pest control. and other methods.

Issues addressed by this claim: Biodiversity, chemicals, natural resources, pesticides/herbicides/fungicides, soil, toxins, water quality, water use

Verification process: Following an audit, a report is sent to FLO-CERT for evaluation. The decision to certify is made by a specialized certifier, who is supervised by an independent certification committee.

Standards development process: Standards developed by Technical Advisory Committee of the Salmon-Safe board

Claims seen on these product types: Wine, eggs, milk, fruit, meat, vegetables, juice

Managing organization: Salmon Safe


Description: Limits the amount of inputs used in wine production, including pesticides, fertilizer, water, chemicals, and fuel.

Issues addressed by this claim: Biodiversity, water use, pesticides

Verification process: Following a self-assessment, vineyard members are inspected on-site in their first and second years of certification and every third year thereafter on a random basis.

Standards development process: Standard-setting process did not include broad stakeholder input.

Claims seen on these product types: Wine

Managing organization: Low Impact Viticulture and Enology


Description: Members commit to biodiversity-enhancing practices, ensuring children’s rights, supporting safe working conditions and other fair-trade measures, and documenting fair-trade labor policies.

Issues addressed by this claim: Workers’ rights, pesticides/herbicides

Verification process: Initial on-site inspection under the “group certification” model. This includes the audit of the producer organization itself as well as random checks of a representative sample of individual farmers.

Standards development process: Standard-setting process included broad stakeholder input, set in accordance with the ISEAL Code of Good Practice on Standard Setting.

Claims seen on these product types: Coffee, tea, wine, chocolate, cocoa, fruit, sugar, rice, textiles

Managing organization: Transfair USA


Description: Provides rigorous standards for organic foods, bans unnecessary and harmful food additives, and monitors animal welfare and wildlife conservation.

Certified products: Find Soil Association Certified products.

Issues addressed by this claim: Biodiversity protection, food safety, animal welfare

Verification process: Association uses a mix of third-party certification and second-party verification for each licensed farm and business at least once a year, using some third-party certifiers for some regions and conducting other inspections itself.

Standards development process: Soil Association constantly reviews standards to ensure they deal with current issues. It does this through committees of Soil Association members and licensees, researchers, advisers, and members of the public.

Claims seen on these product types: Seafood, produce, beef, lamb; textiles; cleaning products; paint;, forest products / paper; personal care products, tourism operations

Managing organization: Soil Association


Description: Indicates safe and fair working conditions, humane treatment of animals, reduced use of toxic and hazardous materials, healthier soil, cleaner water, and enhanced wildlife habitat.

Certified products: Find Food Alliance Certified products.

Issues addressed by this claim: labor relations, resources management, environmental production

Verification process: Claims verified by a third-party organization using field-site visits and specified metrics and data.

Standards development process: Standards developed by Certification Director / Stewardship Council

Claims seen on these product types: Meat, poultry, fruit, vegetables, cheese, dairy, frozen food, canned vegetables, grains, wine, seafood

Managing organization: Food Alliance


Building on major trends and successful regional efforts, Wine Institute and the California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG) launched the SWP in 2002 to give growers and vintners educational tools to increase adoption of sustainable practices and to measure and demonstrate ongoing improvement. Wine Institute and CAWG formed CSWA in 2003 to help implement the SWP.   The SWP is based on the concept of a “Cycle of Continuous Improvement,” as illustrated in the graphic below. Participants assess their operations using a comprehensive Code of Sustainable Winegrowing Practices Sel-Assessment Workbook, interpret their results using customized reports that benchmark their practices relative to statewide and regional averages, attend targeted education workshops to learn about best practices, develop Action Plans on areas they want to improve, implement change, and reassess, beginning the cycle again.

Managing organization:  CCSW


Napa Green Certified Winery is an independent third party certification program to encourage and assist Napa Valley vintners and grape growers to implement beneficial and verifiable environmental practices through; preserving and enhancing the environment of the Napa Valley, demonstrating a commitment to our community, and providing leadership for the wine industry.

Managing organization: Napa Green






The Sonoma Green Business Program is a partnership of government agencies and utilities that assists, recognizes, and promotes local organizations, focusing on small- to medium-sized consumer-oriented businesses that volunteer to operate in a more environmentally responsible way. To be certified, participants must be in compliance with all environmental regulations and meet program standards for conserving resources, preventing pollution, and minimizing waste.  

Managing organization:  Sonoma Green Business Program


When you drink a certified sustainably grown Lodi wine, you are supporting a farmer, a vintner, and a community that embraces its responsibility to take care of the environment.

By being concerned about habitat, wildlife, and our workers health and safety, along with committing ourselves to clean air and water, healthy soils, and energy conservation, we protect our land and the community we live in. This allows us to produce higher quality wines more reflective of the places and people that grow them. It gives you the opportunity to promote responsible farming by enjoying the great wines from these vineyards.

Managing organization:  LoCA


Protected Harvest is organized as an independent nonprofit organization governed by a Sustainability Council of leading environmental NGOs, scientists, and practitioners that approve sustainability standards. Accredited certification firms conduct annual audits and issue certification.  

Managing organization:  Protected Harvest


LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building, home or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at achieving high performance in key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

Managing organization: U.S. Green Building Council



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