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Checking the objectives and minimum requirements

The first step in the certification process is to assign your company to the appropriate certification module.

Find out here for which areas we currently offer a certification.

1

Checking the objectives and minimum requirements

The first step in the certification process is to assign your company to the appropriate certification module.

Find out here for which areas we currently offer a certification.

Viticulture

Winegrowing companies

Co-operatives

Wineries

Fruit growing

Fruit growing companies

Co-operatives

Juice producers

Agriculture *

Agricultural companies

Co-operatives

Value adding partners

Upstream and downstream companies in the value chain

In viticulture e.g.
Specialised wine shops, label printers, cork processors and wine schools

* planned for the future

FAIR’N GREEN stands for the principle of strong sustainability. Minimum requirements must be met in all 4 pillars of sustainability:

  • Companies must achieve a total of at least 50% of all points in the system
  • and at least 40% in each of the four pillars of the sustainability system
  • Fulfilment of minimum content requirements, e.g. no use of synthetic nitrogen fertilisers. The minimum content requirements can be found here.

The best companies set the maximum possible value (“best in class” approach). The companies that achieve a value of 80% or more achieve a very good sustainability performance.

As soon as the most important questions regarding the minimum requirements have been clarified, we will send you a Fair and Green e. V. membership contract and a separate certification contract.

The certification fees for viticulture, for example, are based on the annual quantity of wine marketed (bottled wine) as well as the marketed vineyard area, and for value adding partners on the annual turnover.

Use our contact form to enter your data and receive a non-binding cost estimate from us.

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Submission and evaluation of documents

As part of the certification process, we require different types of information from you. Some of this information is only required for the initial certification and in subsequent years only in the event of changes. We require other documents or information every year in order to prepare an environmental footprint report for you. For agricultural businesses, for example, this includes a list of the annual production volume and acreage. We need the following consumption data:
  • Electricity consumption
  • Thermal energy consumption
  • Water consumption
  • Diesel consumption
  • List of machine operating hours
Data is recorded via our online platform Circum, which is available to companies free of charge.

3

Status quo analysis on the sustainability of the business

The next step is to analyse the status quo of your company’s sustainability: To do this, we use the FAIR’ N GREEN questionnaire, which you will receive in preparation for the meeting with your sustainability consultant.

If you prepare some content yourself, you can work with your consultant to focus on the areas of action that are most important to you. We attach great importance to a detailed status quo analysis – the basis for future consultation and further development of your business! The consultant will work with you to develop ideas and measures from which you can choose which are most important to you and which you would like to implement next.

3

Status quo analysis on the sustainability of the business

The next step is to analyse the status quo of your company’s sustainability: To do this, we use the FAIR’ N GREEN questionnaire, which you will receive in preparation for the meeting with your sustainability consultant.

If you prepare some content yourself, you can work with your consultant to focus on the areas of action that are most important to you. We attach great importance to a detailed status quo analysis – the basis for future consultation and further development of your business! The consultant will work with you to develop ideas and measures from which you can choose which are most important to you and which you would like to implement next.

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Independent control

An important part of our certification process is the independent audit. This involves working with an
inspection body that carries out sustainability audits and certifications in both agriculture and industry.

This inspection body receives the protocol of the company visit, the audit report on the sustainability of the company, the environmental footprint report and all relevant documents and accompanying information required for the annual review of the data.

It checks each individual certification process for completeness, plausibility and conformity with the guidelines – including improvement measures and their documentation. As soon as the inspection body sends a positive notification to Fair and Green e. V., the certification can be successfully completed.

"We find FAIR'N GREEN to be a very honest and ambitious system that is geared towards long-term development. We expressly welcome the fact that substantive requirements are placed on all areas of sustainable development."

5

Certificate and communication

Once the certification process has been affirmed by the independent inspection body, you will receive your certification certificate
and become part of the FAIR’N GREEN network.

You can now communicate your membership and successful certification to the outside world via social media, on your website, on labels, products, packaging materials, etc. We will provide you with the logo guidelines for the correct use of the certificate.

The follow-up certification, including a company visit, is repeated annually. Regular dialogue is particularly important in the first few years of cooperation in order to lay the foundations for longer-term sustainability activities.

5

Certificate and communication

Once the certification process has been affirmed by the independent inspection body, you will receive your certification certificate
and become part of the FAIR’N GREEN network. You can now communicate your membership and successful certification to the outside world via social media, on your website, on labels, products, packaging materials, etc. We will provide you with the logo guidelines for the correct use of the certificate.

The follow-up certification, including a company visit, is repeated annually. Regular dialogue is particularly important in the first few years of cooperation
in order to lay the foundations for longer-term sustainability activities.

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part of the network!

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