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Conversation on Carbon with Jonas Bengtsson

Global GreenTag International will be presenting Jonas Bengtsson, CEO and Co-Founder of the science based sustainability consultancy Edge Environment on Wednesday, September 22 for its monthly Conversations Series. This month we have invited Jonas to explore with us the topic of carbon and how to more effectively manage the carbon footprints on construction projects.

Jonas who has a MSc in Physics specialising in problem solving, a Diploma in Psychology from Gothenburg University and a Master of Environmental Management from UNSW has a passion and curiosity for sustainable development and market change. He believes that there is a long way to go before we can work effectively across supply chains and organisations to establish a sustainable existence. However, Jonas also sees opportunities to engage and unleash a global resource of entrepreneurship, creativity and productivity that can transform our society to the kind of world that we really want within our lifetime – where unsustainable is unthinkable. 

For this session with Global GreenTag International, Jonas will be providing his perspective on why carbon is important and will be discussing solutions to get out of the mess that mismanagement of carbon has created for the environment through the impacts of climate change.  The event will cover:

* What is Carbon?

* How do we work with Carbon? Can we?

* The role of LCA (Life Cycle Assesment) and EPDs (Environmental Product Declarations)

* Rating Tools & Carbon

* Future trends – predictions for LCA and EPDs

* How Global GreenTag is an active participant with LCARate, CarbonRATE and EPDs

PLEASE REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT

‘Conversation on Carbon with Jonas Bengtsson’

Wednesday, September 22 at 3pm AEST

Email: Manufacturers@globalgreentag.com

EDGE ENVIRONMENT

Edge Environment was established in 2008 as a sustainability consultancy to help companies ingrain sustainability into their cultures, both for responsible and commercial performance.

Edge consultants combine science, strategy and storytelling to facilitate and support the growth of clients in areas that include carbon and climate resistance, sustainability leadership and communications, sustainable and ethical procurement, circular economy and life cycle thinking and sustainable delivery.

The award-winning, multi-disciplinary team of Edge Environment are also passionate about what they do and the positive impact it can have. They strive consistently to unearth win/win situations for clients and their companies and the planet, by leveraging both experience and relationships to solve problems by providing tailored, holistic solutions.

GLOBAL GREENTAG INTERNATIONAL

Global GreenTag International provides Type 1 (third party) product certification, declaration and verification programs for manufacturers with exemplar green product lines in building materials, interiors, personal care and cleaning products.

Using Global GreenTag CertTM (one of the most scientifically advanced, product certification standards in the world) Global GreenTag simplifies the selection of environmentally sustainable, healthy and ethical products for industries like Architecture, Design and Construction. The system both assesses and ranks products through leading LCA based product ecolabelling and rating schemes that also include a CarbonRATE scheme.

Global GreenTag also provides third party, assessed product declaration programs – an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD), a Product Health Declaration (PHD) and a Modern Slavery Declaration (MSD), which is the first product level declaration of its kind in the world to help manufacturers and procurement teams eliminate modern slavery occurring in global supply chains.

Helping professionals to make informed decisions about preferred green and ethical products to protect both the health of environment, workers and consumers, Global GreenTag currently has more than 16,000 products under certification in over 22 countries, used in buildings and offices throughout Australia and the world.

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Global GreenTag International Aiming for Platinum at Next Green Olympics in Australia – Bris2032

MEDIA RELEASE

The operator of one of the most renowned and toughest green product certification standards in the world for the built environment industries, Global GreenTag has announced its readiness to help Australian construction companies go for not only gold but also platinum to help super green new building projects for the next Olympics Games in Brisbane in 2032.

The Brisbane-based certification company also reveals it has new and more robust certification and declaration programs in development to ensure that building projects for Bris2032 will be able to access products and materials that are healthier and more ethically manufactured too.  

The roots of the Global GreenTag Product Certification Standard go back deeply to the Sydney 2000 Olympics and its success as the first green built Olympics in history.

GreenTag’s Co-founder, Program Director and CEO David Baggs (also a multi-award winning green building architect, Green Star and LEED AP and Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects) was the Sustainability, Materials and Energy Consultant for 10 of the Sydney 2000 Olympic ‘Green Games’ venues and GreenTag grew out of that process.

Responding to last month’s announcement that Brisbane had won the bid to stage the next Olympics in 2032, David said:

“It is like coming full circle. Global GreenTag evolved out of the work done during the Green Sydney Olympics in 2000 to meet the needs of the emerging green building design teams who were seeking reliable product information that was otherwise unobtainable at the time.

“With over 16,000 products now under certification, we are now poised alongside the Green Building Council of Australia’s (GBCA) and Brisbane 2032 organisers’ vision to break new records for integrating sustainable products into the new generation of sustainable property. It is a great challenge, and especially with GBCA’s enhanced Green Star new ‘Buildings’ program and the promise that all new vertical infrastructure and significant upgrades for the next Olympics will target 6 Green Stars and a Net Carbon Zero future. Global GreenTag and our Green Star recognised certified products will be there to support every project.”  

Global GreenTag’s certified products represent over 150 world leading sustainable manufacturers under licence with its certification and declaration programs, most of which have been designed specifically for the building industries to use on projects to align with requirements laid down by the leading green building programs such as Green Star®, WELL™ and LEED®.  

Global GreenTag assessors currently rank products and materials for building projects using both the certifier’s GreenRate certification program and its flagship program LCARate – a comparative Life Cycle Assessment system that ranks products for its whole of life cycle impact on the environment with either a Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum rating. The system was the first of its kind in the world and remains unique today.

Mary-Lou Kelly, Managing Director and Co-founder of Global GreenTag International and the Global GreenTag Product Certification Standard added:

“Our vision is to provide certification programs that are continuously evolving and which influence product manufacturers and building professionals to develop not just ‘better’ solutions but also provide them with tools that enable them to produce and aspire to use the ‘best’ products to protect our eco-systems, our wildlife, their habitats, human health. well being and safety, and human rights too.”

Global GreenTag demands 100% transparency from all manufacturers who submit their products for certification or to one of the company’s rigorous declaration programs, like the GreenTag EPD (Environmental Product Declaration), PHD (Product Health Declaration) and its Modern Slavery Declaration for products (the GreenTag MSD).

“Across all of our product certification, declaration and verification program services, which are led by David, investigations of product supply chains are rigorous. Our assessors look for any signs of environmental impacts and also to critical information, which may suggest that incidents of Modern Slavery are occurring; we cover all corners,” says Mary-Lou.

Global GreenTag product health assessments, via their PHD program, examine the toxicology of products for their insitu ingredients to assessing if they are safe and healthy for people. For the benefit of architects, designers, specifiers and procurement teams, the company also provides a HealthRATE scheme, which ranks the ‘healthiness in use’ of each product from Bronze to Silver to Gold and finally to Platinum, the highest ranking for any product and therefore the healthiest product to be using.

NEWS UPDATE:

Global GreenTag recently added an ‘Asthma & Allergy Sensitive’ assessment process into its HealthRATE ‘healthiness in use’ product-ranking scheme – the first of a number of new programs that Global GreenTag has underway.  

For more information and comment, please contact:

Debra Robertson

Email: media@globalgreentag.com

Phone: 1300 669 997 (Australia free call) or +61 7 3399 9686

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Global GreenTag Offices Creating Relationships with Green Manufacturers Around the World

Global GreenTag International’s regional leaders and exclusive sales agencies have been very busy in 2021. A significant list of new manufacturers have signed up to certify, declare and verify their sustainable products and materials under the Global GreenTag Certification Standard.

The upward trend for the Global GreenTag brand and its comprehensive services has been very reassuring, indicating a growing market in green procurement and demand for a certification program that both manufacturers and industry professionals trust and require,” says Brett Hazlett, Global GreenTag International’s Global Business Development Manager.

“We have grown significantly in new sales despite the impact of COVID.  In large part this is due to our investment in expanding Global GreenTag’s now stellar global network of leaders and specialist sales agencies, which are enlisted by Global GreenTag International’s CEO David Baggs.”

“Finding the right fit of organisations and specialists for such a niche area as certification is of vital importance and David who is also Program Director of the Global GreenTag CertTM Product Certification system has made some great decisions to bring in fresh new leaders and agencies with exactly the right fit.”

Global GreenTag International leaders today represent territories including Africa, Mainland China, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, USA, Canada and Latin America. All come with great industry experience and specialisation in a range of fields, including product certification and testing, sustainable architecture and engineering, sustainability and environmental consulting and product procurement support, many with Accredited Professional status with the leading global green building rating schemes, including WELL™ and LEED®.  

MEET THE GLOBAL TEAM

Lizette Swanevelder

– CEO of Global GreenTag Africa

Lizette Swanevelder abides by a philosophy that if she can ‘lead the way in showing people how to protect the environment, then collectively and through our own individual actions, we can make a greater impact to humankind and the earth.’ As CEO of Global GreenTag Africa, Lizette has been an exemplar leader in educating construction and design professionals and supporting manufacturers looking to expand their businesses.  READ MORE

Daniel A. Huard

– CEO of Global GreenTag Americas

Daniel A. Huard is one of the most accomplished, sustainability specialists, practitioners and advocates in the global green building industries. He is a LEED® Fellow, as well as a member of the LEED Steering Committee, a WELL AP™ and member of the WELL Faculty at the International WELL™ Building Institute who has contributed to numerous high profile US, China and other international High-Performance Building, Sustainable, Restorative and Resilient Development projects. READ MORE

Olivia Xing

Sales Manager Australia & New Zealand – Global GreenTag International

Olivia Xing was eager to apply her passion for sustainability with Global GreenTag International when she joined the company in early 2021 to deliver quality sales services for clients READ MORE

EXCLUSIVE GLOBAL SALES AGENTS

Nic Chin – Malaysia

Founder Green Quarter Sdn Bhd

Nic Chin who leads our sales agency in Malaysia with his company Green Quarter Sdn Bhd, lives and works by a belief that we need to ‘Create Environments That Enhance Lives’.  It is a fitting belief understood and shared by Global GreenTag International, which considers how products contribute to building health, performance and efficiency and Nic’s company that engages sustainable design strategies and techniques to lower carbon footprint in Malaysia’s building industry. READ MORE

DI WU (Woody) – Mainland China

Chief Marketing Manager International Certification  & Leader of the Prefabricated Housing Project – China National Building Materials Exhibition and Trade Center (CBME)

Based in Beijing, DI WU (Woody) brings vital specialisations to guide and assist manufacturers from Mainland China to certify, declare and verify their green products under the Global GreenTag International Product Certification Standards. READ MORE

Cricket Liu – Hong Kong, Taiwan & Mainland China (Sub Agent with CBME)

Director – EcoSafene Products Technical Service Co.,Ltd

A highly confident, industrious and credible professional in training and consulting of testing and certification services, especially for fire safety and environment protection, Cricket Liu brings both certification and business development intelligence to help manufacturers in the markets of Hong Kong and Taiwan and as a sub agent with CBME in Mainland China connect and achieve certification awards for their products with Global GreenTag International. READ MORE

Noh-hyun Lim  – South Korea

Head of Division, Global Certification Division – Institute of Global Sustainability Certificate (IGSC) Inc.

Noh-hyun Lim has an impressive background and brings a wealth of industry experience and high level tertiary qualifications to his role as Head of the Global Certification Division at IGSC, which is the exclusive sales agency for Global GreenTag International in the Republic of Korea, headquartered in Seoul.  READ MORE

Hanbi Kim  – South Korea

Research Engineer, New Business Development Team  Institute of Global Sustainability Certificate (IGSC) Inc.

Hanbi Kim joined IGSC in 2021 to focus in the fields of social audits and zero waste. She is involved in helping to develop the Global GreenTag International Product Certification brand and product certification services to manufacturers in the Republic of Korea. READ MORE

John Kalungi Kabuye – Kenya

Founder & Chief Technical Consultant – BESIC Group

John Kalungi Kabuye is renowned for being a passionate advocate, leader and catalyst for helping to green the built environment in Kenya. The Founder and Chief Technical Consultant for the BESIC Group (a built environment surveying and infrastructure consultancy based in Nairobi) John served for a number of years with the Kenya Green Building Society (KGBS) as Vice Chairperson and CEO where he was instrumental in shaping the organization’s progress from a prospective member of the World Green Building Council (WBGC) to an established Chapter under the WBGC. READ MORE

2021 INDE.AWARDS SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED

It is with great excitement that our Global GreenTag Media Partners – Indesign Media Asia Pacific – officially announce the 2021 INDE.Awards Shortlist: a selection that pays homage to the talent and vision of an industry and a region.

The 2021 INDE.Awards marks the programme’s fifth year, and the first opportunity as an industry to truly celebrate all that has been achieved in some of the most difficult of circumstances. This year, the Awards are not just a celebration of excellence but of resilience, perseverance and dedication, where a rapidly changing world demanded the highest levels of innovation and progressive thinking.

2021 has seen the highest ever number of entrants to the awards, with over 500 entries submitted. This year has also seen the launch of “The Graduate”, a new entrant category that recognises outstanding projects from final year architecture students.

The shortlist was selected by a panel of esteemed judges who formed the 2021 INDE Jury. Indesign would like to thank each member of the jury for lending their time and expertise to the programme: Brodie Neill (Brodie Neill), Chan Ee Mun (WOHA), Florian Heinzelmann and Daliana Suryawinata (SHAU), James Calder (ERA-co), Jan Utzon (Utzon Architects), Jeff Copolov (Bates Smart), Judy Cheung (Cheungvogl), Leone Lorimer (GHDWoodhead), Liamm Timms (International Towers), Luke Yeung (Architectkidd), Peta Heffernan (Liminal Studio), Praveen Nahar (India National Institute of Design), Raj Nandan (Indesign Media Asia Pacific), Shashi Caan (SC Collective), Tonya Hinde (BLP).

Winners of the 2021 INDE.Awards will be announced on Thursday August 5 at the Hyatt Regency in Sydney, Australia. The Gala will be proceeded by the inaugural INDE.Summit. Both the Summit and the Gala will be livestreamed across the globe.

Featured Image: Smart Design Studio by Brydie Shephard (Indesign Media)

Tickets for the Digital Gala are available for registration here.

Congratulations to all nominees who made the 2021 Inde.Awards Shortlist

The Building

Proudly partnered by Neolith

Collins Arch
Woods Bagot & SHoP Architects
Australia

Federal House
Edition Office
Australia

Jakob Factory Saigon
G8A Architecture & Urban Planning with rollimarchini architekten
Vietnam

North Perth House
NIC BRUNSDON
Australia

Olderfleet
Grimshaw
Australia

Shutter House
State of Kin
Australia

Smart Design Studio
Smart Design Studio
Australia

Susan Wakil Health Building
Billard Leece Partnership (BLP) & Diller Scofidio Renfro
Australia

Te Whare Nui o Tuteata: SCION Timber Innovation Hub
RTA Studio & Irving Smith Architects
New Zealand

The Hedberg Performing Arts and Cultural Centre
LIMINAL Architecture with WOHA
Australia

The Tiing
NIC BRUNSDON with Manguning
Indonesia

Viettel Headquarter
Gensler Singapore with Vietnam National Construction Consultants Corporation – JSC
Vietnam

The Multi-Residential Building

Proudly partnered by Bosch

Breese Street by Milieu
DKO with Breathe Architecture & Milieu Property
Australia

Henry Street Townhouses
Maria Danos Architecture
Australia

Howard West
Jackson Celements Burrows Architects & C Street Projects
Australia

Irving Street
B.E Architecture
Australia

Lothian
Kennedy Nolan
Australia

Midnight
Fender Katsalidis with Oculus & Iconic Hotels
Australia

Miramar Mornington
Mills Gorman Architects
Australia

Piccolo House
Wood Marsh Architecture
Australia

Pipi
Smart Design Studio
Australia

RAS Houses
Sanjay Puri Architects
India

TATE
Cera Stribley Architects
Australia

The Auburn Apartments
Splinter Society
Australia

The Living Space

Proudly partnered by Gaggenau

8 Yard House
Studio Bright
Australia

Coopworth
FMD Architects
Australia

Cumulus House
Chris Connell Design
Australia

Envelope House
ASOLIDPLAN with Solid Architects LLP
Singapore

Evelyn
Myers Ellyett
Australia

Federal House
Edition Office
Australia

Garden House
Austin Maynard Architects
Australia

K House
Renato D’Ettore Architects
Australia

Limestone House
John Wardle Architects
Australia

PONY
WOWOWA Architecture
Australia

Striated House at Rajagiriya
Palinda Kannangara Architects
Sri Lanka

Terracotta House
Austin Maynard Architects
Australia

The Work Space

Proudly partnered by Herman Miller

35 Collins Street
Grimshaw
Australia

Alexander House
Alexander &CO.
Australia

Cotton On Wellness
Greg Natale Design with PTID
Australia

Market Lane
Elenberg Fraser
Australia

MediaWorks
Warren and Mahoney with AECOM
New Zealand

NAB 3 Parramatta Square (NAB 3PS)
Woods Bagot
Australia

Publicis Groupe at Workshop
Bates Smart
Australia

Sculptform Studio
Woods Bagot
Australia

Smart Design Studio
Smart Design Studio
Australia

Spotify, Singapore
M. Moser Associates
Singapore

The Foundry – CBA @ South Eveleigh
Davenport Campbell & Partners with fjmtstudio
Australia

WPP CAMPUS – Bay 99
Contrast Design
India

The Social Space

Proudly partnered by Stormtech

Atomic Beer Project
YSG
Australia

BYRDI
DesignOffice
Australia

Esteban Restaurant & Bar
H&E Architects
Australia

Fish Lane Town Square
Richards & Spence with RPS Landscape Architects
Australia

Four Pillars Laboratory – Eileens Bar
YSG Australia
Australia

HERO ACMI
Chris Connell Design
Australia

Heyington Gardens
Studiobird
Australia

Nature Discovery Park
LAAB Architects with PLandscape & Speirs Major
Hong Kong

Sôl Bar & Restaurant
Genesin Studio with Walter Brooke
Australia

Ten Minutes by Tractor
COX Architecture
Australia

The Next Hotel, Melbourne
Woods Bagot
Australia

There in the middleness
Nathan Yong Design
Singapore

The Shopping Space

Proudly partnered by Tappeti

Bund Post Office – Institution Redefined
Yatofu Creatives
China

Citi Wealth Hub
Ministry of Design with Architectural QP: Space Design Architects
Singapore

Commercial Bay
Warren and Mahoney with Woods Bagot & NH Architecture
New Zealand

ELLA South
Craig Tan Architects
Australia

Four Pillars – Shop
YSG
Australia

GINLEE Studio
Wynk Collaborative
Singapore

HAYDON Beauty Collection
TOMSHI & ASSOCIATES
China

House of Madison, Hong Kong
Via.
Hong Kong

Joey Scandizzo Salon
Kennon Architecture & Interiors
Australia

Salon Lane
Siren Design
Australia

Sarah & Sebastian
Russell & George
Australia

Sculptform
Woods Bagot
Australia

The Learning Space

Proudly partnered by Autex Acoustics

Brighton Street Early Learning Centre
Danielle Brustman Studio with Perkins Architects
Australia

Docklands Primary School
COX Architecture
Australia

Geelong College Junior School
John Wardle Architects
Australia

Hayman Theatre Upgrade
With Architecture Studio
Australia

La Trobe University Sports Park
Warren and Mahoney with MJMA Toronto
Australia

Monash University Building 28
Kennedy Nolan
Australia

QUT College
PDT Architects
Australia

RMIT Rodda Lane Precinct
Sibling Architecture
Australia

School of Design and Environment 1
Special Projects, NUS School of Design and Environment with CPG Consultants
Singapore

The Innovation Cell
A1 Office
Australia

The Rajasthan School
Sanjay Puri Architects
India

Victorian Schools Bundle, Inclusive Schools Hub
Billard Leece Partnership (BLP)
Australia

The Wellness Space

Proudly partnered by Grohe

1R Australia
Foolscap Studio
Australia

Barwon Health North, Health Hub
Billard Leece Partnership (BLP)
Australia

Bodyscape Yoga Studio
State of Kin
Australia

Buff Nail Studios
Design by GOLDEN
Australia

Dental Clinic. A Brave New World.
Esoteriko with Jess Mason
Australia

Eden Health Retreat
Collectivus with Push Architecture
Australia

Freemantle Dental Clinic
SPH Architecture + Interiors with Peta Miller
Australia

Green Massage
Vermilion Zhou Design Group
China

Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery Meditation Centre
Forum Architects
Singapore

MacMurray Medical Centre
Warren and Mahoney
New Zealand

Maddox Fit
Hecker Guthrie
Australia

Sense of Self Bathhouse
Setsquare Studio with Chamberlain Architects & Hearth Studio
Australia

The Design Studio

Proudly partnered by Woven Image

Alexander &CO. 
Australia

B.E Architecture
Australia

Christopher Boots Studio
Australia

Myers Ellyett
Australia

Nathan Yong Design
Singapore

OKU space
Australia

Park + Associates
Singapore

RAW Architecture (Realrich Architecture Workshop)
Indonesia

Rocco Design Architects Associates
Hong Kong & China

Russell & George
Australia

Sanjay Puri Architects
India

Smart Design Studio
Australia

The Influencer

Proudly partnered by AHEC

BSF Sengkol Organic Waste Conversion Facility
Bambook Studio with Aurbamboo
Indonesia

CArrelé – The Calcium Brick Collection
The Fabrik Lab with Nature Squared
Philippines

Guha
RAW Architecture (Realrich Architecture Workshop)
Indonesia

iADC Design Museum
Rocco Design Architects
China

Ona Coffee
Breathe Architecture
Australia

Sarah & Sebastian
Russell & George
Australia

St. Carolus Hospital Screening Facility
AT-LARS
Indonesia

Te Whare Nui o Tuteata: SCION Timber Innovation Hub
RTA Studio & Irving Smith Architects
New Zealand

The Galen
ID21
Singapore

The Stone Hedge – Redefining Responsible Tourism
Inspiration with Vistaar Associates
India

ToT – Tower of Terraces
Prashant Sutaria Architects (PSA) with Hemanti Sutaria 
India

Villa Serena: The First Net Zero Villa in Lombok
Bambook Studio
Indonesia

The Object

Proudly partnered by Haworth

Arbour Linear Pendant
Ross Gardam
Australia

Betwixt Café Ceramic Crockery
Concept Black
Australia

Como Mirror
Beatrix Rowe Product Design with Grazia & Co
Australia

Drum+Base Range
AWM with Woods Bagot
Australia

Flask Lighting System
Edward Linacre
Australia

Hand Carved Marble Lights
Rooshad Shroff
India

Indre by Nikolai Kotlarczyk
Rakumba with Nikolai Kotlarczyk
Australia

Life Cycle
Nathan Yong Design
Singapore

Maddox System
Savage Design
Australia

PEAK Inverted Incense Burner
SKEEHAN Studio
Australia

Sundae Lounges by Jason Ju for DesignByThem
Jason Ju for DesignByThem
Australia

The Embossed Acoustic Panel collection by Woven Image
Woven Image
Australia

The Graduate

Proudly partnered by Alspec

Ashlee Murphy
Deakin University
Australia

James McNicol
UTS
Australia

Jingyuan Wang
RMIT 
Australia

Lachlan Wiles
RMIT 
Australia

Liam Oxlade
RMIT 
Australia

Matthew Walton
University of Queensland
Australia

Muhammad Izzat Ramli
The University of Auckland
New Zealand

Nicola May Myatt
University of Queensland
Australia

Paige Kodesh
UNSW
Australia

Rosemary Li
The University of Auckland
New Zealand

Samantha Romana
Monash University
Australia

Samuel Moloney
The University of Auckland
New Zealand

The Prodigy

Proudly partnered by Milliken Ontera

Ara Salomone & Alessandra French
State of Kin
Australia

Ben Robertson
Tecture Architecture and Design
Australia

Olivia Lee
Olivia Lee
Singapore

Xi Chen
Atelier XI
China

The Luminary

Proudly partnered by Wilkhahn

Andre Fu
Andre Fu Studio
Hong Kong

Jean-Michel Gathy
DENNISTON
Malaysia

Penelope Forlano
Forlano Design
Australia

Interiors Australia & DENFAIR Partner Up with Global GreenTag International to Highlight Australia’s Best Eco Products

Interiors Australia, the interior design & architecture show, coincides with DENFAIR, the high-end contemporary furniture & lighting fair, to present the largest and most comprehensive design event for the world of interiors. Global GreenTag International have partnered to enhance the experience for their members, attendees and the industry as a whole. Global GreenTag makes it easy for specifiers and buyers to recognise the best in healthy eco-products, helping green product manufacturers and suppliers succeed.

Scheduled to run from 10-12 February 2022 at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, Interiors Australia & DENFAIR will bring together thousands of decision makers from every type of interior project including architects, interior designers, specifiers, builders & developers, manufacturers & distributors, stylists, media, retail & buyers, high end commercial clients and homeowners. With over 300 brands anticipated to present their solutions to more than 11,000 design savvy attendees the Global GreenTag has recognised Interiors Australia & DENFAIR as a vital opportunity and much-needed platform for the industry to come together, connect and do business.

Global GreenTag said:

“We value enormously industry events like DENFAIR and Interiors Australia and to collaborate with the passionate organisations that sit behind them. They are dedicated like Global GreenTag International to promote and usher in an age of more sustainable, healthy and ethical products and projects; giving trail blazers in manufacturing the kind of quality public platforms they deserve to celebrate evolution in interiors’ product design and eclipse beyond business as usual practices.”

David Baggs, CEO and Program Director, Global GreenTag International 

Interiors Australia & DENFAIR Portfolio Director, Ali Lawes, commented:

‘Ethical and sustainable products are the foundation of a greener future for our industry and we are delighted to partner with Global GreenTag for whom this is at their core. Making it as easy as possible for professionals to specify good products confidently is so important.’

Through this partnership Global GreenTag certified products will be highlighted at the event, on the website and in the event guide, enabling attendees to easily identify eco-friendly products.

OTHER KEY PARTNERSHIPS AND ACTIVATIONS INCLUDE:

Australian Institute of Architects (AIA), the peak body for architecture in Australia, are running a stage throughout the event filled with presentations from leading brands on the latest product innovations and much more. By attending the shows and stage presentations architects can potentially earn over half of their annual CPD requirements during the events. Australian Institute of Architects 11,500 members will receive free admission to the co-located exhibitions and speaker series.

Design Institute of Australia (DIA), the voice of professional design, representing the biggest cohort of interior and industrial designers in Australia, will be curating their own speaker sessions, offering CPD for attendance to the shows, and approved speaker sessions, as well as servicing new and existing members across the three days. All DIA members will receive free entry to the co-located exhibitions and speaker series.

Authentic Design Alliance®(ADA) exists to support the Australian furnishing sector by promoting the importance of investing in original design and the brands who make, sell, create and specify authentic products. ADA will launch of new Podcast series DESIGN-MADE® in Melbourne this October and support Interiors Australia & DENFAIR ensure that replica products aren’t represented on the show floor.

The Designers Institute of New Zealand (DINZ) exists to serve New Zealand’s design community and represent its interests to the wider world. DINZ will contribute to the speaker series and this partnership gives their members free admission to the co-located exhibitions and speaker series.

Kitchen & Bathroom Designers Institute (KBDI) is a not-for-profit industry group which supports Australia’s finest kitchen and bathroom designers through professional development, business-to-business networking and industry advocacy including promoting the value of engaging professional, committed designers to clients. Through this partnership KBDI will amplify the dedicated Kitchen & Bathroom Zone on the show floor and give KBDI members free admission to the co-located exhibitions and speaker series.

Good Design Australia is an international design promotion organisation responsible for managing the annual Australian Good Design Awards and other signature design events and initiatives. Good Design Australia will present an exclusive showcase of their 2021 Award winners at Interiors Australia & DENFAIR. This partnership will give Good Design Australia 2021 entrants free admission to the co-located exhibitions and speaker series.

Collarts (Australian College of the Arts Pty Ltd) is a dynamic tertiary education college full of passion, individuality and opportunity with a thriving Interior Design faculty. Focused on creating real career pathways into the creative sector for students, Collarts delivers industry-based learning coupled with strong personal and professional development. Collarts Bachelor of Arts (Interior Design) students will be designing and building the entrance feature to the shows as well as displaying their work elsewhere. The partnership will also give Collarts students free access to the shows and talks on Saturday 16th October 2021.

International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) is an internationally recognized organization dedicated to supporting its network of independent lighting design professionals who satisfy its rigorous qualification process. The IALD strives to set the global standard for lighting design excellence by promoting the advancement and recognition of professional lighting designers. This partnership will see IALD contribute to the speaker series and offer their members free admission to the co-located exhibitions and speaker series.

Next Top Designers will be presented through a curated show floor feature shining a spotlight on new and emerging designers, makers and creatives, in collaboration with design centres across Australia. 

Advisory Board members spanning from award winning emerging practices to industry legends who’ve been setting the standards for the past 50 years. Interior architecture and design professionals working across all commercial and residential sectors in boutique studios to major practises. We work collaboratively with our stellar line-up of advisors to help shape the content and narrative of the shows to meet the needs of the design industry.

Enquiries and further comments to:

Ali Lawes I P +61 498 648 310 I E alawes@nationalmedia.com.au

ABOUT INTERIORS AUSTRALIA & DENFAIR

Interiors Australia & DENFAIR take place at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre on Thursday 10th to Saturday 12th of February. Pre-registration for tickets is available online at www.interiorsaustralia.com.au

Interiors Australia is the flagship event for interior design and architecture. It incorporates the 7th edition of DENFAIR – Australia’s Contemporary Furniture and Lighting fair. The combination of Interiors Australia and DENFAIR creates the largest interiors exhibition in Australia, offering the most comprehensive overview of the world of interior design by presenting the complete landscape of products across all categories: furniture, lighting, carpet and flooring, kitchen and bath, tiles and stone, textiles and wallcoverings, smart technology and architectural products. With over 300 brands on show, CPD-accredited seminars for A&D professionals and the largest gathering of interior designers and architects of any other event. Interiors Australia is the design hub and meeting place for design professionals, their clients and design-seeking enthusiasts.

ABOUT NATIONAL MEDIA

Interiors Australia is organised by National Media, Australia’s award-winning producer of B2B exhibitions. Since 1993, we’ve established a formidable track record of success delivering industry defining events across dozens of industries and specialist markets. We excel in bringing new events to market that challenge the status quo and create platforms for customers, partners and communities to engage, trade and grow. We excel at what we do, and our customers and industry peers regard us highly. Brilliance is what we strive for. Uncompromising quality, entrepreneurial spirit, passion and above all, trust and integrity are the values we embrace.

ABOUT GLOBAL GREENTAG INTERNATIONAL

Global GreenTag International simplifies the selection of environmentally, sustainable, healthy and ethical products for industries like Architecture, Design, Construction, Personal Care and Cleaning – using Global GreenTag CertTM  – one of the most scientifically advanced, product certification and declaration systems in the world.  Helping professionals and consumers to make informed decisions about preferred green and ethical products, Global GreenTag currently has over 14,000 products under certification in over 22 countries, representing over 150 world leading manufacturers.

WATCH NOW: The Looming Reporting Realities of Modern Slavery Legislation – No One is Exempt

Global GreenTag’s CEO and Program Director David Baggs delivered a webinar for Australia Build Online on Friday, June 4 on the realities and demands of Modern Slavery reporting at a product level.  It is an excellent 20 minute presentation and now available to watch ON DEMAND

Removing the dark side of supply chains is the ultimate goal and David strongly advises forward planning by construction industry operators to prepare for accountability.

Companies earning over $100 million per year under legislation are now required to declare and report what is happening in their product supply lines, and it will only be a matter of time before these companies require downline companies to provide critical information.

  • Understand what Modern Slavery actually is – and where it is occurring and feeds into the construction industry.
  • Look at some typical Modern Slavery issues in product supply chains to compare where your company might be positioned, in relation to Modern Slavery impacts.
  • Explore some ways to analyse where your products are coming from and support systems that exist to help you stay clean.
  • Examine measures that some companies and industry groups are already implementing to help eradicate Modern Slavery practices.
  • Be clear about the Modern Slavery Acts (Federal and NSW).
  • Understand the tools that are available to assist compliance, including the Global GreenTag International Modern Slavery Declaration, the first in the world for products.

WATCH NOW

Exclusive agreement signed with IGSC and Global GreenTag International to certifiy eco-friendly products from South Korea

The Institute of Global Sustainability Certificate (IGSC) has signed an Exclusive Agency Agreement with Global Green Tag International to service domestic export companies with Global GreenTag’s advanced  eco-friendly, healthy and ethical product certifications and declarations, which are assessed under the Global GreenTag CertTM certification system and Global GreenTag International Certification Standards.

Dr Noh-hyn Lim, IGSC’s Certification Business Director said under the new Agreement with GreenTag:

“IGSC aims to service domestic export companies with recognised sustainable green certifications and cooperate in the development of new certification schemes and global dissemination.”

David Baggs, CEO of Global and Program Director of Global GreenTag International said:

“We look forward greatly to working with the Institute of Global Sustainability Certificate (IGSC) and discovering more of Korean manufacturing at its best. We are pleased to enhance access to our certifications and declarations for Korean companies by working with IGSC to further help sustainable products from the region to enter or have more success in accessing green building markets globally.

IGSC provides a variety of global certification services for smooth overseas exports of domestic Korean manufacturers. 

“The Exclusive Agency Agreement with GreenTag will help IGSC expand our certification area to environmentally friendly buildings, building materials, interiors, cleaning and personal products and particularly for certifications such as vegan, kosher and ISO management certifications,” Dr Lim continued.

Through GreenTag, ISGC will now also be able to offer International EPDs, various footprint certifications and certification services for sustainable, healthy and ethical products, including:

David Baggs added:  

“Our emphasis on assessing products especially for healthiness in use with the GreenTag PHD, has been widely embraced and sought by industry practitioners because of increased global health concerns. An ‘Asthma and Allergen Sensitive™’ qualification has also been added to the service in 2021, which is of great interest in the region as well.”

Global GreenTag’s PHD service provides deeper levels of product health information with content inventory and hazard analysis to the 100 parts per million (ppm) level. The PHD program firstly bans a comprehensive list of the worst ingredients and then offers externally peer reviewed toxicology information about the constituent materials in product.

Uniquely, it then also informs, through its BronzeHEALTH, SilverHEALTH, GoldHEALTH or PlatinumHEALTH tiered HealthRATE™ system, the potential level of healthiness that a product has on humans when correctly installed in clients’ offices or homes – essentially a ‘Healthiness in Use’ Tag so that consumers can also clearly understand the health performance and rating of a product and its actual impact in their home or work environments.

“The GreenTag PHD is a big plus for professional firms working on projects who want to avoid health risks for end users and will now benefit Korean manufacturers who want increased access and success in sales to such health centric projects,” said Mr Baggs.

Importantly for Korean manufacturers, the GreenTag PHD is widely recognised in the global green building industries, and particularly by the leading green building standards of LEED® (which operates in over 170 countries) and by the health and wellness focused WELL™ rating tools of the International WELL™ Building Institute.

CONTACT IGSC

For manufacturers in South Korea who are ready to certify their products under the Global GreenTag Certification Standard, please contact at IGSC:

Hanbi Kim – Research Engineer
Email: certification@igsc.kr
Phone Direct: +82 (0)2 858 4321
Fax : +82 (0)504 225 6437
Address: 403-5, 4F, 36, Digital-ro 27-gil, Guro-gu, Seoul, 08381, Republic of Korea

Join conference to learn about building a resilient future fit supply chain!

Akolade’s 5th Annual Supply Chain Innovation Conference, on 26 – 28 May at The Langham Sydney is a must-attend event for supply chain leaders.

Join over 100 of supply chain leaders who are navigating disruption and building an agile and resilient future fit supply chain. Global GreenTag is partnering with the event, so register your place now before it’s too late and SAVE with VIP code GGT50

You won’t want to miss the opportunity to hear 30+ practical case studies, participate in interactive workshops, see the latest technology solutions and enjoy peer networking – all under one roof!

We look forward to seeing you there!

REGISTER HERE

Interiors Australia and Denfair Forge New Partnerships with Global GreenTag International

Global GreenTag has entered new partnerships with National Media to participate in and support two new exciting exhibitions taking place in Melbourne this year. Interiors Australia and Denfair!

When: 14-16 October 2021

Where: Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

Interiors Australia is the flagship event for interior design and architecture. It incorporates the 7th edition of DENFAIR – Australia’s Contemporary Furniture and Lighting fair and sustainability is going to bea core part of the narrative of both events.

The combination of Interiors Australia and DENFAIR create the largest interiors exhibition in Australia, offering the most comprehensive overview of the world of interior design by presenting the complete landscape of products across all categories: furniture, lighting, carpet and flooring, kitchen and bath, tiles and stone, textiles and wallcoverings, smart technology and architectural products – it’s a wonderland of sought-after brands, independent makers, interior trends, new concepts and creative talent who are shaping tomorrow’s interiors.

It’s where design and architecture professionals, developers, retailers and allied professionals along with design aficionados converge for inspiration and discovery of new products, materials and furniture for all types of interior spaces and projects. 

With so much on offer, it’s the ultimate destination to experience what’s cool and cutting-edge for design-driven interiors.

It will also be a great opportunity to showcase sustainable and ethically produced products. Through our partnership with both expos, we aim to open up some opportunities for Global GreenTag manufacturers to promote their GreenTag certified, declared and verified products.

If you need assistance to showcase at Interiors Australia and Denfair 2021, both events are approved for the Austrade Business Events Grant Program .

Link now to: https://interiorsaustralia.com.au/ which has just gone live.

Link to Denfair: https://denfair.com.au/

Getting to Net Zero: Dealing with Embodied Impact

Global GreenTag International presents a new webinar for Design Matters National on April 19 for architect and design professionals. The CPD point educational will be delivered by David Baggs, Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects and Global GreenTag’s CEO and Program Director.

TIMES:

Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane – 1:00-2:00pm, Adelaide & Darwin -12.30-1.30pm, Perth 11:00-12:00pm

Design Matters National is an industry education organisation for Australia’s largest community of Building Designers and Thermal Performance Assessors

In this webinar, Getting to Net Zero: Dealing with Embodied Impact, David explains how we need to pursue a restorative, bio-based approach to assist in taking existing carbon impacts out of buildings. Focus on carbon reduction in the building industry to avoid climate change needs to be a lot more urgent and product selection is key.

  • Examine building products certified for carbon impacts using a whole of life, sustainability, rating system that provides a CabonRATE assessment scheme to further Net Positive and Net Carbon Zero product outcomes.
  • Learn where to bring carbon-reduced products into projects using rating tools, including LEED, Green Star and market ready carbon calculation support like  EPDs, GreenBook, eTool, EC3, Athena, OneClick LCA, Revit’s Tally and BRE’s Impact.

Register for the event

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Global GreenTag CarbonRATE™  is a complete Embodied Certification Program that scientifically identifies carbon impacts and benefits, builds brand trust and, facilitates climate positive purchases and procurement processes. READ MORE

Products and Rating Tools: the changing landscape explained

Global GreenTag delivers another CPD point educational webinar on April 12 for Design Matters National

TIMES:

Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane – 1:00-2:00pm, Adelaide & Darwin -12.30-1.30pm, Perth 11:00-12:00pm

Design Matters National is an industry education organisation for Australia’s largest community of Building Designers and Thermal Performance Assessors

Products and Rating Tools: the changing landscape explained uncovers how building projects are navigated using a sustainability compass. David who is a Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects and CEO & Program Director for Global GreenTag International, explains how you can ensure that the products you specify into projects comply with leading building rating tools, including Green Star, WELL and LEED.  Learn how to:

  • Identify integrated design principles in a building project to select products that produce significant and beneficial outcomes using third-party certified, declared and verified products.
  • Compare leading project rating schemes and learn how to structure workloads to fit in with the different programs.
  • Discern quickly the differences between certified and uncertified products to improve your supply chain intelligence and procurement process.

Register for the event

Get Packaged Right!

Global GreenTag International is speaking at this four hour Masterclass Get Packaged Right: Sustainable Packaging for Food & Drink Products in Global Markets on Thursday, April 15.

The online event has been organised by Seedlab Tasmania who have gathered Global experts in sustainability and social change, and providers of state-of-the-art sustainable food and beverage packaging, including David Baggs, Global GreenTag’s CEO and Program Director who will be speaking from a product certification perspective to help illustrate, discuss and assess examples of more sustainable packaging options.

Keynote Speaker will be Rebecca Prince-Ruiz, WA Australian of the Year 2020 and Founder of Plastic Free July.

Other presenters are:

Tom Ember, Business Development Manager at Yuto – sustainable Packaging Solutions.

Nathan Hall, Director Fresh Produce and Alliance, Disruptive Packaging.

Iain Blair, Co-founder & Innovation Director at Birdstone Collective : Towards 2025 – Unpacking Sustainable Design.

Shannon Doherty, Head of Special Projects, Planet Protector Packaging.

Register for the event

Seedlab Tasmania guides and supports Tasmanian startup food, drink and agri-tourism businesses start, scale and grow to be export ready.

Global GreenTag Awards Exclusive Mainland China Sales Agency to CBME to Provide Green Building Product Certifications to Chinese Manufacturers Exporting to the World

Media Release – March 24, 2021

The National Building Materials Exhibition and Trade Centre (CBME) the largest agency representing more than 30,000 building materials manufacturers in Mainland China has signed an exclusive Agency Agreement with Global GreenTag International, the Australian based global product certification label to certify and declare healthy, sustainable and ethical building products produced in Mainland China for export to the world.

Last week, a team from Global GreenTag International in Brisbane Australia came together online with delegates from CBME and other stakeholders in Beijing for a signing ceremony to unveil the new agreement that will be of significant benefit to building projects worldwide in the rapidly expanding green building industries and their search for trusted and certified green products.

CBME recently became authorized by the Government led National Development and Reform Commission of China to assist Chinese manufacturers to export abroad, making CBME the executive body of the China Building Materials Alliance for Global Production Capacity Cooperation.

The new agreement means that Global GreenTag’s Product Certification, Declaration and Verification programs will become integral to the new role for CBME who for 64 years have created solutions to help lead, support, and empower Mainland China’s thriving building materials industry. Under their new role, CBME will lead China’s most capable manufactures to properly prepare and certify their sustainable products for export to the world.

Highlighting also the imperative of Mainland China to prevent and control pollution in the region and achieve goals to become carbon neutral, Qu Jiaosheng, Director of CMBE stated that CBME now shoulders the important mission of leading Chinese building materials companies to “go global” and to help break green barriers in Mainland China. Mr Jiaosheng said:

“This cooperation with Global GreenTag International comes at the right time. The carbon neutral target is written into Mainland China’s five-year economic and social development plan. Actively responding to national policies, vigorously promoting green standards to Chinese building materials companies – this will be one of the most important tasks of CBME in the future.”

Mr Jiaosheng added:

“Cooperation with Global GreenTag will not only assist domestic enterprises to obtain international green label certification, we also hope that more foreign companies will obtain China’s GreenTag certifications to enter the Chinese market.”

David Baggs, CEO and Program Director of Global GreenTag International said that Global GreenTag looks forward to its new role with CBME.

“The world is currently facing an important moment, the world is undergoing tremendous changes, and a new generation of products is needed. This cooperation with CBME is also a very important decision for Global GreenTag to explore and work dynamically with the Chinese market,” said Mr Baggs.

Present at the signing ceremony were Ma Qianling, General Manager of the International Capacity Cooperation Department and Mary-Lou Kelly, Managing Director of Global GreenTag International.

Ms Kelly said:

“We are very excited that CBME has brought Global GreenTag International into their family. Mainland China represents a huge percentage of manufacturers on the Earth today and it gives us heart that sustainability is embraced as a leadership imperative in the region and the most important guide stone for the future health and preservation of the environment, wildlife, humanity and the air that we all breathe.”

Dr Judy Luo, Team Leader of Global GreenTag’s Product Assessment Team who has been leading business development for Global GreenTag in Mainland China since 2015 was also present at the signing. Commenting on the landmark agency agreement with CBME, Dr Luo said:

“The Global GreenTag Product Certification Standard is one of the most robust and advanced product certification systems in the world. We are truly ready for the job ahead to help CBME guide the progress of green materials production in Mainland China and serve the rapidly expanding global green building industries. It is also a wonderful opportunity to help educate many more people about the value and importance of accurate and third party certified product information, to legitimise Mainland Chinese manufacturers who are really green and not ‘greenwashing’ and protect the interests of consumers, globally.”

For more information and comment from Global GreenTag International, please contact either David Baggs or Mary-Lou Kelly

David Baggs (CEO & Program Director)

Email: david.baggs@globalgreentag.com

Phone: 1300 669 997  (Australia free call) or   +61 7 3399 9686

Mary-Lou Kelly (Managing Director)

Email: marylou.kelly@globalgreentag.com

Phone: 1300 669 997  (Australia free call) or   +61 7 3399 9686

For more information and comment from CBME:

Phone: 010-88082316; 010-88082322
Websites: http://www.cbme.cn/;

http://www.cbmeic.com/

Email: aliciachn@outlook.com

Address: 4th Floor, Block C, China Building Materials Building, No. 11 A, Sanlihe Road, Haidian District, Beijing


							

Delivering Healthy Interiors

A CPD point webinar for Design Matters National – industry education organisation for Australia’s largest community of Building Designers and Thermal Performance Assessors

TIMES:

Sydney, Melbourne, ACT – 1:00-2:00pm, Adelaide -12.30-1.30pm, Queensland – 12:00-1:00pm, Darwin – 10.30-11.30pm, Perth 10:00-11:00pm

This webinar brings materials and product intelligence together with design principles to help you deliver healthier interiors for clients – whether that be for commercial fitouts to the now burgeoning requirement in residential to create blended work and living spaces where the health of occupants in the last 12 months has emerged as a compelling priority.

Delivered by Global GreenTag’s Program Director and CEO David Baggs who will provide ways to better select and make informed product choices by understanding:

  • What defines healthy interior design and how to look for transparency when evaluating healthy products and materials, integral to healthy design and important to clients.
  • How best to work with product information provided by the rating tool – the Global GreenTag Product Health Declaration (PHD) and its HealthRATE system to communicate the toxicology of a product’s ingredients, and highlight its health impacts on the end-user.
  • What to think about during development of design and compliance with health-focused rating tools under WELL, LEED and Green Star

REGISTER Delivering Healthy Interiors

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Read more about the Global GreenTag International Product Health Declaration (PHD) and GreenTag HealthRATE

Global GreenTag PHD™ (Product Health Declaration™) is the first of its kind in the world – a rating tool recognised and compliant Material Health transparency tool that recognises progressive manufacturers who fully disclose the ingredients of their products and then goes on to rate the healthiness of the product in use – READ MORE

The Global GreenTag HealthRATE™ marks rate the healthiness of products in use for consumers. HealthRATE is a unique peer-reviewed Certification Program that reduces your risk and builds brand trust in demanding markets. Download HEALTH RATE brochure

David Baggs – Bio

Voted one of Australia’s Top 50 Green Leaders and Top 100 Sustainability Leaders globally, David is a world-renowned sustainability and materials expert and Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects. He is CEO and Program Director of the Global GreenTagCertTM Product Certification Program, the world’s leading ‘Beyond LCA’ based product ecolabel, Certification Mark and also operator of the Global GreenTag International Product Health Declaration, Environmental Product Declaration and Modern Slavery Declaration programs, which support the advancement and uptake of healthy and environmentally conscious products on the planet. David is also a multi-award winning green building architect, author, Exemplar Global Lead Auditor, GBCA Materials Expert Panel member and Past President of the Australian LCA Society.

WORKSHOP: Modern Slavery in Australia. How it impacts your specifications and how to simplify reporting

A Live event on Facebook for industry, organised by Caroma and GWA Group

TIMES: 

Sydney, Melbourne, ACT – 6:00-7:00pm

Adelaide – 5.30-6.30pm

Queensland – 5:00-6:00pm

Darwin – 4.30-5.30pm

Perth 4:00-5:00pm

In this live workshop on Facebook, hosted by the GWA Group and Caroma, Global GreenTag’s Program Director and CEO David Baggs will be advising professionals to help manage product specifications and supply chain reporting now that Modern Slavery legislation in Australia has come into play.

  • Learn about the industries’ mandatory engagement in Modern Slavery, as a result of the Federal Government’s legislation in Australia.
  • Understand how it impacts not only your large clients, and suppliers but can impact you and your specifications;
  • Learn about the data level mismatch that makes determining the impacts of products much more difficult if not impossible
  • Discover what resources already exist to assist in choosing products with Modern Slavery Assessments; and
  • Find out how to simplify reporting when it does impact you.

REGISTER Modern Slavery in Australia

Click to read more about Global GreenTag’s Modern Slavery Declaration for Products

David Baggs – Bio

Voted one of Australia’s Top 50 Green Leaders and Top 100 Sustainability Leaders globally, David is a world-renowned sustainability and materials expert and Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects. He is CEO and Program Director of the Global GreenTagCertTM Product Certification Program, the world’s leading ‘Beyond LCA’ based product ecolabel, Certification Mark and also operator of the Global GreenTag International Product Health Declaration, Environmental Product Declaration and Modern Slavery Declaration programs, which support the advancement and uptake of healthy and environmentally conscious products on the planet. David is also a multi-award winning green building architect, author, Exemplar Global Lead Auditor, GBCA Materials Expert Panel member and Past President of the Australian LCA Society.

Educate yourself with two new product focused webinars in March

Product certification matters will be explored in two new educational events in March presented by Global GreenTag International.  One is a Workshop on Facebook looking at reporting compliance with Modern Slavery legislation; the other a CPD point webinar about how to more effectively design, specify and procure products for healthier interiors. David Baggs – CEO and Program Director of Global GreenTag will be presenting.

March 25

WORKSHOP: Modern Slavery in Australia. How it impacts your specifications and how to simplify reporting

A Live event on Facebook for industry, organised by Caroma and GWA Group

TIMES:  Sydney, Melbourne, ACT – 6:00-7:00pm, Adelaide – 5.30-6.30pm, Queensland – 5:00-6:00pm, Darwin – 4.30-5.30pm, Perth 4:00-5:00pm

  • Learn about the industries’ mandatory engagement in Modern Slavery, as a result of the Federal Government’s legislation in Australia.
  • Understand how it impacts not only your large clients, and suppliers but can impact you and your specifications;
  • Learn about the data level mismatch that makes determining the impacts of products much more difficult if not impossible
  • Discover what resources already exist to assist in choosing products with Modern Slavery Assessments; and
  • Find out how to simplify reporting when it does impact you.

REGISTER Modern Slavery in Australia

March 26

Delivering Healthy Interiors

A CPD point webinar for Design Matters National – industry education organisation for the  Australia’s largest community of Building Designers and Thermal Performance Assesors

Register here: https://www.designmatters.org.au/EventDetail?EventKey=059

TIMES: Sydney, Melbourne, ACT – 1:00-2:00pm, Adelaide -12.30-1.30pm, Queensland – 12:00-1:00pm, Darwin – 10.30-11.30pm, Perth 10:00-11:00pm

This webinar brings materials and product intelligence together with design principles to help you deliver healthier interiors for clients – whether that be for commercial fitouts to the now burgeoning requirement in residential to create blended work and living spaces where the health of occupants in the last 12 months has emerged as a compelling priority.

David will provide ways to better select and make informed product choices by understanding:

  • What defines healthy interior design and how to look for transparency when evaluating healthy products and materials, integral to healthy design and important to clients.
  • How best to work with product information provided by the rating tool – the Global GreenTag Product Health Declaration (PHD) and its HealthRATE system to communicate the toxicology of a product’s ingredients, and highlight its health impacts on the end-user.
  • What to think about during development of design and compliance with health-focused rating tools under WELL, LEED and Green Star

REGISTER Delivering Healthy Interiors

Dulux helping customers and consumers to win in the “green” space

Rod Vockler, Technical Manager – Sustainability, Packaging & Quality at Dulux Australia engages with Global GreenTag International for an Opening Up interview about the paint manufacturer’s commitment to the development of green products.

Location: Dulux Australia Innovation Centre – Clayton, Victoria, Australia

What inspires you about Dulux Australia as a green focused product manufacturer?

At Dulux Australia both sustainability leadership & accountability is reinforced by the integration of sustainability considerations into our policies and decision making. This is underpinned by a culture that rewards and celebrates delivering sustainable products for our customers and consumers.

For Dulux Australia is not only about being first to market with leading green products but also helping our customers and consumers to win in the “green” space. There is a recognition and understanding within Dulux Australia that is not just one department who “owns” sustainability but many working together to deliver for our customers and consumers.

Staying at the forefront of technology and investing in research & development is fundamental to building sustainable solutions.

Dulux Australia is committed to the ongoing research and development of innovative products that reduce the environmental impact of our products, without affecting their outstanding performance. This is evident in our proactive shift from solvent-based products to water-based alternatives, and the introduction of Australia’s first low VOC paint in the early 1990’s.

From initiating sustainable business partnerships, through to products and even the actual clean-up stage, we are continually developing new ways to reduce the environmental impact of our products, without affecting their outstanding performance and the quality results that Australia’s professional and DIY painters have come to expect from Dulux.

How Important are having Global GreenTag product Certifications and Declarations for Dulux Australia – and Why?

Global GreenTag product certifications and declarations are very important for Dulux Australia. These provide an independently verified third party assessment of our product’s environmental or green credentials that we can use to communicate to our customers and consumers.

Our Dulux envirO2 range has obtained the highest level of certifications in GreenRate Level A and PHD HealthRate PlatinumHEALTH, which gives our customers and consumers the absolute confidence that they are choosing an environmentally responsible product that is better for their health and environment.

Further, the formal recognition of Global GreenTag by external green building schemes such as GreenStar, WELL and LEED assists us with our customers who are seeking products for compliance to these schemes.

Dulux Australia has had a long association with Global GreenTag going back to Eco-Specifier.

What would you like to see evolve or improve in the green building industry to ensure that green buildings or interior projects are met and exceeded?

Ideally, a wider uptake of green building standards and a continuation of development in this area. Evolution not necessarily revolution to get more people aligned to the benefits.

Practically all of the green building standards are highly technical and complex in nature. I would like to see better and clearer communications on the benefits of the application of these standards acknowledging the different audiences and their levels of understanding.

A lot of communications are geared towards people in the industry with pre-existing knowledge and not necessary the end users who occupy the building. Whilst it is an ongoing journey you know you have achieved a “win” when you hear more regular conversations in this space with occupants and visitors to green buildings.

From a product manufacturer’s perspective, it is critical to ensure transparency and absolute robustness around ensuring what green products are specified for the project are actually used in full without any substitutions or leakage. There are many stages and touch points between having the product specified and actually having it installed.

As a snapshot in this moment and time in 2021, what is it that you would like to share about what you are doing in your office space or home environment that you feel bears testimony that you are living and working sustainably?

Given we are working under COVID these unfortunate times has had the impact of bringing about a lower environmental impact in the office working space due to the increased prevalence of working from home. This of course puts more environmental pressures from the home perspective that need to be kept in check. Personally, recycling at home is big focus where I try to lead by example with family and friends as well as using any appropriate opportunity to bring up the sustainability in daily conversations.

As I have been involved in Sustainability for over 15 years in professional life I can definitely say that sustainability is both a sub-conscious and conscious part of my decision making process. The execution of every decision has some impact on the environment.

Rod Vockler – Dulux Australia, 2021

Thank you Rod !

Building Green With Low Carbon Materials

David Baggs, CEO of Global Greentag International will help builders to take a closer look into the world of carbon rating of construction and interiors products in a new training webinar for Builders Declare Australia.

The webinar will help builders:

  • Understand what carbon is and why it is important to keep an eye on carbon impacts contained in building materials and interiors products.
  • Discover the meaning and power of LCA (Life Cycle Analysis) in relation to product assessments.
  • Learn to search for and evaluate material product options so you can specify for eco and healthy products in building projects.
  • Find out how to match product choices to comply with sustainability rating tools like Green Star and WELL for better building outcomes.

Participants will also learn about CarbonRATE, which is Global GreenTag’s Embodied Carbon Certification Program that scientifically identifies carbon impacts.

Register here

Accessing verified supply chain information for Modern Slavery Statements

Webinar: 10:00am – 11:00am AEDT, Wednesday, December 2nd 2020

Presenter: David Baggs, CEO and Program Director, Global GreenTag International

Learn how to simplify your Modern Slavery procurement responses, reduce compliance risks and enhance your company’s brand and reputation further with third party verified supply chain information from over 100 ethical manufacturers.

We invite you to this 1 hour webinar on Wednesday, December 2 that will include time for your questions to explore the world’s first ever Modern Slavery Declaration for products – the Global GreenTag International MSD™ Modern Slavery Declaration.

The new Australian Federal Government Modern Slavery Legislation is kicking in this second half of 2020 and the pressure is on for companies earning consolidated revenue of over $100 million to provide supporting documentation to back their Modern Slavery Statements. A pressure that is also being felt downline.

A sizeable aspect of bringing together a Modern Slavery Statement must include evidence and assurance of accurate reporting of production practices behind products and materials. Companies who supply and serve into larger top 3000 organisations are increasingly being asked to provide appropriate verified documentation.

This is where Global GreenTag can assist to simplify and streamline the process.

We have always assessed for core aspects of Modern Slavery in supply chains as it is a requirement for assessment of products under the Global GreenTag International Product Certification Standards where we demand 100 percent transparency during both our certification and declaration processes.

With the Global GreenTag Modern Slavery Declaration, however we go deeper with products to directly deal with supply chain information beyond Tier 1 suppliers globally to provide a declaration report of Modern Slavery issues and risks. It is the first of its kind in the world at a product level that we believe is needed to help overcome incidences of Modern Slavery continuing and has been in development since 2015.

We all have an ethical and moral obligation now to do the right thing and we believe that we can provide a solution to serve your organisation and its procurement partners around the production of Modern Slavery Statements, especially for organisations with large procurement portfolios.

We hope you can join us on December 2 to learn more.

For further enquiries, please contact Debra Robertson by email: media@globalgreentag.com or telephone (free call in Australia:1300 263 586) and internationally +61 7 3399 9686

Register here!

Do we need an Australian version of passive house design and what would that look like?

A panel of specialists will converge on November 12 to produce some answers to this question and more related to passive design for Australian houses and multi-residential builds. A discussion built around passive design is one of five one-hour panel topics this year for the Sustainability Digital Summit, an event that pre-Covid was best known as Sustainability Live for the last 13 years.

One of the experts, speaking from both a materials and architectural perspective on the passive design topic will be David Baggs, CEO of Global GreenTag International, Program Director of GreenTag’s Sustainable Product Certification Standard and architect of hundreds of passive houses and one yet to be certified PassivHaus. He will be joining a line-up of speakers who come mostly from architectural firms in Australia, who work daily to usher more sustainable projects into wider acceptability within the built environment:

  • Chris Barnett – Architect and Managing Director of Habitech Systems;
  • David Kaunitz, Senior Architect at Kaunitz Yeung;
  • Kylie Mills – Architect and Director at BluKube Architecture;
  • Jean Graham – Architect from Winter Architecture;
  • Melissa Herrmann who has a background in design from RMIT and is the Industry Engagement Manager for Fairview Architectural and,
  • Suzanne Toumbourou, who is Executive Director of ASBEC (Australian Sustainable Built Environment).

As a Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects with over 40 years’ experience in green design as well as working for many years as a sustainable materials consultant on commercial, government and multi-residential projects, David Baggs says advocacy for passive design is critical in this day and age and welcomes the panel discussion ahead. He states:

 “Here in Australia, panel sessions for Sustainability Live have always produced great conversations and organisers do a great job of curating relevant topics and specialists to help educate and place strong and proactive ideas like passive design on the agenda.

My interest is how we can use passive design and materials to push the boundaries. Blending smart passive design with high performing and sustainable materials, products and technologies is a conscious and intentional collaboration with nature in all its permutations.  It is a common sense and responsible approach in these times of climate change to produce low impact and energy efficient builds.  The long-term benefits we all know give a holistic return on investment. Plenty of studies prove this, including reduced energy costs over time and less environmental impact.

“Importantly too, good passive design combined with the application of high quality materials that are certified to assure they are sustainable and perfect for passive design projects, equals healthier buildings to live in, too. This must be added.”

The full panel program for the Sustainability Summit is also designed to provide professionals with the opportunity to acquire CPD points as part of attending all sessions, which will total 5 formal AIA Refuel points.

To read more about the Passive Design panel session, to register for the event and others PLEASE FOLLOW THIS LINK TO APPLY

The Sustainability Digital Summit will also be running in tandem with the 2020 Sustainability Awards Digital Gala on November 12, of which Global GreenTag International is a sponsor and will be presenting awards this year for the Projects Category: Single Dwelling (Alteration).  If you would like to attend and follow the Awards and see the short list for this category and view nominations in other categories, PLEASE FOLLOW THIS LINK It will be an exciting year!

Helping architects, designers, and specifiers understand product certification

Holding a Doctorate in Sustainable Construction Management and qualified as both a WELL and Green Star Accredited Professional, Dr Judy Luo is well suited to help building professionals as well as manufacturers understand the importance of product certification.

Recently appointed as Assessment Team Leader and Senior Product Assessor of Global GreenTag International, Judy has over 7 years of experience in product research and certification. Judy works closely with green product manufacturers to assist in the certification journey of their sustainable product lines.  She also fields regular questions from architects, designers, specifiers, ESD consultants and various other project professionals who want to understand more about the attributes of green products for buildings and interior fits outs.

“We talk to somebody in the building industry at least once a week and welcome these calls,” says Dr Luo.  “It is always interesting to hear about projects and to talk about the products that are certified with Global GreenTag, which professionals are considering specifying into their projects.” 

Over the years, conversations with building professionals has become a vibrant part of working in the product assessment team, says Judy, a service that has been encouraged by David Baggs, Program Director and co-founder of the Global GreenTag Standard and CEO of Global GreenTag International.

“David has always been committed for Global GreenTag to meet the needs of the green built environment industries in addition to being product certifiers for amazing green manufacturers,” says Judy.  

“Our Product Standard was developed from a green building and design background. David has a rich background in both green architecture and a specialisation in sustainable materials for green projects. He is also a Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects and is a qualified Green Star and LEED AP.”

“On the product certification team, we all love working closely with manufacturers to take their products through robust third party assessments to certify their sustainable value. Certification is important to assure the marketplace that products are what manufacturers are claiming. 

“Our job is to look at a product from all angles to ensure that it properly certifies as ethically and sustainably produced, and that it is safe and healthy for end users,” says Judy.

If you are a building professional, please give Global GreenTag a call if you want to know more about products, which are Global GreenTag certified that you are considering for your projects, or to enquire about the different certifications and what they mean, we would like to help you get the best results for your project.

Dr Judy Luo can be contacted by email: certification2@globalgreentag.com or telephone (free call in Australia:1300 263 586) and internationally +61 7 3399 9686

If you would like to contact David Baggs, send an email to: david.baggs@globalgreentag.com or telephone (free call in Australia:1300 263 586) and internationally +61 7 3399 9686

LEED® recognized Global GreenTag Product Health Declaration™ (PHD™) receives glowing reviews from sustainability leaders

Green building and sustainability leader John Harrison of GreenSlate Sustainability is pleased to hear of the decision to green light the Global GreenTag PHD™ for LEED™ projects in the USA.  Mr Harrison who is also an Architect and LEED Fellow said:

“Not only does the Product Health Declaration validate a product’s characteristics needed for building rating system requirements, but it holistically considers the global environmental and human health attributes of a product in final use and shares those impacts.”

In July, the US Green Building Council (USGBC) recognized the Global GreenTag PHD™ for the US LEED® market and in over 167 countries worldwide under its world leading building certification and rating system LEED® Versions 4.0 and 4.1.

The Global GreenTag PHD, first launched in 2017, now holds a unique place in green product certification globally.  Amongst leading US and global product and materials certification companies like UL and Cradle to Cradle, the GreenTag PHD is now the only ingredient hazard transparency report to be compliant with LEED® and also with WELL™ – the rating tools of the International WELL™ Building Institute.

Daniel Huard, CEO of Global GreenTag Americas explains that:

“The PHD™ program provides industry practitioners with deeper levels of product health information with content inventory and hazard analysis to the 100parts per million (ppm) level. The program firstly bans a comprehensive list of the worst ingredients. It then offers toxicology information about the constituent materials in products and then also uniquely informs through its BronzeHEALTH, SilverHEALTH, GoldHEALTH or PlatinumHEALTH tiered HealthRATE™ system, the potential level of healthiness the products help deliver when correctly installed in clients’ offices or homes – a big plus for professionals working on projects to help mitigate risks,” says Mr Huard.

The GreenTag HealthRATE™ system of Marks ranges from Bronze (indicating a product has achieved a Good HealthRATE) through to Silver (Very Good), Gold (Excellent) and Platinum (World Leading).

David Baggs, CEO and Program Director of Global GreenTag International, who led the development of the GreenTag PHD, said it was motivated by a number of studies to help prevent toxic products being used in workplaces and homes.

“We already knew from studies that product toxicity found in buildings is a very real cause behind a range of human health problems – even to unborn babies – including cancer, hormone disruption, asthma, allergies, chronic fatigue and many other toxicity related illnesses. One study in Australia proved a link between toxic products in a workplace and employee sickness and by retrofitting with a range of strategies, including low toxicity products, that employees became healthier as a result. In fact, sick leave was reduced by 30% and productivity went up an extraordinary 45%,” says Mr Baggs.

When the GreenTag PHD tool was first released, Jorge Chapa, then Head of Market Transformation at the Green Building Council of Australia said: “When most people spend 90 per cent of their time indoors, there is a huge potential for our buildings – and the products within them – to positively influence the health and wellbeing of occupants. We support innovative approaches, like the PHD Product Heath Declaration, that can accelerate market transformation.”

Manufacturers from Australia to Europe, leading in sustainable product design have since sought the PHD to help underscore the direct health benefit claims of their products, claiming the Declaration “a game changer for the health of interiors and transparency in products.”

Vertilux Corporation  who saw the value for marketing health a priority has eight of its sustainable window covering products awarded GreenTag PHDs, each with a GoldHEALTH Level rating under the program.  Debbie Hessenberger, National Marketing Manager says that

“With compliance rapidly changing in the marketplace, environmental certifications are becoming more important than ever.  As a sustainable leader in the window coverings industry, it just made complete sense to extend our product certification into Global GreenTag’s PHD Program. It has definitely assisted Vertilux in cementing specifications for Government, Low Carbon and Green Building Designs, and particularly when an Architect sees that it meets the WELLTM Building Standard: Feature 04, 26 and 97.  Additionally, it has created product transparency amongst our competitors in facilitating the exchange of information to enable a future for healthier buildings and its occupants.”

For manufacturers, the decision by LEED to recognize the PHD now makes product certification easier and cost efficient given that GreenTag now offers a unique one-stop certification system for products recognized by most of the major international building rating systems; enabling manufacturers to avoid multiple fees certifying with different systems in different countries.

The unique value of the Global GreenTag PHD™ for industry professionals is that it offers detailed toxicology information about constituent materials in products and simultaneously provides simplified ratings underpinned by peer reviewed science to clarify health impacts that products may or may not have on end users, without any need for interpretation by designers, architects or construction teams. The program also considers environmental impacts in the hazard assessments.

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US sustainability specialists (left to right) Architect John Harrison (LEED Fellow and Founder of GreenSlate Sustainability), David. W. Ware (Knauf Insulation North America) and Dylan Beach (GOJO Industries) discuss the merits of the Global GreenTag PHD to help rigorously specify healthy products on building projects.

 

Video overview of GreenTag PHD

Video overview of GreenTag HealthRATE

For more information and or to organize interviews with Daniel Huard and David Baggs, please contact:

Debra Robertson     (GMT +10 Brisbane Australia time zone). 

Email:                       media@globalgreentag.com 

Mobile:                     0437 407 377

OR

Daniel HUARD         (US Pacific Time zone)

Email:                    ceo@globalgreentag.us

Cell:                          +1 702 604 3359

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BPI Rating & Global GreenTag International partner to support climate change ready products

Global GreenTag International has partnered with Building Product Information (BPI) Rating to bring GreenTag’s complete library of certified product onto the BPI online platform.

Jonas Bengtsson, Founder of BPI Rating stated recently:

“Architects, designers and developers have asked for it, and we are proud to deliver the complete set of Global Green Tag certified products on BPI and welcome Global GreenTag to the growing database of building products to our platform.”

“This partnership is a significant contribution towards our mission to help building professionals save time finding and comparing compliant, resilient and sustainable products from responsible suppliers.”

BPI Rating is a searchable online database of information about building materials and products, designed to offer architects, designers and specifiers a “one-stop-shop” for the information that might be required to assess a building product or material for specification into a building project.

According to Global GreenTag’s CEO and Program Director, David Baggs,

“Global GreenTag is proud to be able to partner with BPI Rating to deliver Australia’s first holistic database of climate change ready products.”

“BPI Rating is a valuable resource not only for the A&D community but for manufacturers with pre-qualified products looking for professionals seeking such products. Global GreenTag’s certification and transparency declarations all address different aspects of sustainability, including resilience, which is a key aspect of sustainability and especially in the context of climate mitigation. Until the launch of the BPI Rating website, resilience has been the missing link in the designers, product specifiers and builders’ toolbox when it comes to building back sustainably.”

Developed by the Insurance Council of Australia, Edge Environment and Comply Flow, BPI Rating provides information on the Environmental, Social, Economic, Compliance, Performance and Resilience of building products and materials as well as collating reviews and ratings.

View now where Global GreenTag certified and declared products are live already on the BPI Rating website.

 

Jonas Bengtsson now invites those manufacturers with GreenTag certified and declared products to contact him directly for free access to their product and company profiles to add and edit information on their BPI product pages.

Email Jonas Bengtsson:   jonas@bpirating.com.au

 

 

    

 

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Being ethical or avoiding heavy penalties, the Global GreenTag MSD™ Modern Slavery Transparency Declaration helps companies monitor product supply chains

 

Released this week ready for Modern Slavery Reporting is the first ever Modern Slavery Declaration for products. The Global GreenTag International MSD™ Modern Slavery Transparency Declaration (GGTI MSD) implements a comprehensive risk assessment and verification process in association with manufacturers on individual product supply chains.

Helping manufacturers to monitor, report on and ultimately eradicate human slavery occurring in their supply chains; the GGTI MSD will, in addition, support companies with large procurement portfolios to comply with Federal, State and International government legislations in Australia, UK and USA and each of their mandatory Modern Slavery Reporting requirements. Otherwise, they potentially incur heavy penalties, depending on the territory in which they are operating.

Global GreenTag has been undertaking product and supply chain level investigations in ethical product certifications that cover many of the issues covered by the Modern Slavery legislation since its inception 10 years ago.  The company welcomes the pressure such legislative requirements applies up and down supply chain lines as Government legislations around Modern Slavery continue to grow and increase the mandate for change.

David Baggs, CEO and Program Director of Global GreenTag International who has led the development of the Global GreenTag MSD™ said:

“We saw a great need and responsibility to help highlight the differences between business as usual products with no transparency about their sourcing and manufacture to those that manage their supply chains to ensure they are ethically, socially and culturally to the best of their capability – and we ‘ve done this from day one of GreenTag’s existence.

What the MSD does differently for companies with large procurement portfolios is give the industry a common language, to help in the collation and aggregation of such complex and variable quality data, make the results transparent and report on not just the risk of Modern Slavery as required by the various legislations but also on the quality of the data relied on to make that assessment.

I am sure that other leading product certification schemes like GECA, Cradle to Cradle, and UL would agree, that the reporting of every product’s life cycle from raw materials extraction to end-of-life outcomes should include ethical considerations such as Modern Slavery and be monitored and declared along with health and environmental considerations.”

Australia, has witnessed powerful legislation enacted in 2019 by the Australian Government, which turned up the heat on Modern Slavery (MS) at a national level to deal with 10 important ethical employment and human rights issues collectively now described as encompassing the concept of ‘Modern Slavery’. Companies operating in Australia with a turnover of more than $100 million are required to submit their MS statements to the Australian Border Force.

“Although the government won’t be enforcing financial penalties as yet because of the impacts of COVID19, it has introduced a world first online register to support the promotion of modern slavery transparency and this year will be publishing companies’ statements on their compliance with the new laws,” said Mr Baggs.

The development of the Global GreenTag MSD has incorporated the needs of Modern Slavery movements globally to meet MS requirements. It embarked on development of the Global GreenTag MSD after the UK in 2015 launched its Modern Slavery Legislation, requiring a mandatory MS Risk Analysis Statement publication for companies with global turnover of more than €50 million. It also followed developments by the State of California in the USA, which has legislated Modern Slavery requirements and in both France and the Netherlands, which have legislated elements of Human Rights requirements.

The certifier also became actively involved with a number of interest bodies to bring stronger focus to the problem of Modern Slavery in Australia and was one of a core group of companies that pledged support behind the Australian Human Rights Commission’s call for Modern Slavery legislation in late 2017.

“More recently, we have been paying close attention to relevant developments in the built environment industries, such as a new credit that is being proposed within the LEED Pilot Credit Library, and the International WELL building Standard for MS Compliant or Ethical Supply Chains ” said Mr Baggs.

“The building industry is a massive consumer of products and materials, but it is not the only industry that has large procurement portfolios, so we hope to be of assistance to companies that need to quickly and progressively assess Modern Slavery risk information at a product level to support their own MS reporting requirements. With the MSD, we highlight manufacturers, products and supply chains that are doing the right thing.”

Protections included within the Global GreenTag product level MSD™ consider a list of Modern Slavery activity, involving: Deceptive Recruiting, Trafficking, Servitude, Forced Labour, Forced Marriage, Debt Bondage, Worst Forms of Child Labour, Discrimination, Equal Remuneration, Free Association and Collective Bargaining.

The scope of the MSD™ provides clarity for all parties along supply chains, communicating transparently:

  • the risk of Modern Slavery in each ingredient or element supply chain; and
  • the reliability of the data, which the Global GreenTag MSD™ statement is based upon.

The GGTI MSD report provides individual supply chain scores and weighted overall average score and risk rankings of ‘Very Low Risk’, ‘Low Risk’, ‘Low to Medium Risk’ through to ‘Medium’ and ‘Very High Risk’).  The report provides a quick product Modern Slavery Risk overview, as well as detailed supporting documentation for a manufacturer’s or their purchasers’ corporate Modern Slavery Statements, whether these be mandated or voluntarily undertaken.

Supporting the development process of the MSD, there were two Stakeholder Review processes conducted internationally by Global GreenTag. The first engaged manufacturers and individuals from various industries, Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) and countries to refine the final version of the MSD process and template, including three large construction companies that would be required within the Australian legislation to publish Modern Slavey Statements to understand in more detail their needs in Modern Slavery Reporting.

The second survey issued was to support the weighting process of the Product MS Scorecard to determine if the indications from the initial stakeholder process that scores should be involved, also meant that weightings of those scores should be involved also, and if so, what those weightings should be.

The results included responses from nearly 50 Australian and International companies, NGOs, City Council and Government Agencies, including several Tier 1 Construction and Accounting companies, the Green Building Council of Australia, the United States Department of Labour, Responsible Wood, and Ethical Supply and Human Rights Organisations.

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To organize an interview with David Baggs, please contact:

Debra Robertson             (GMT +10 Brisbane Australia time zone).

Email:                                   media@globalgreentag.com

Mobile:                                0437 407 377

To enquire further about the MSD in the USA, please contact Daniel Huard, CEO – Global GreenTag Americas:

Daniel HUARD                  (US Pacific Time zone)

Email:                                   CEO@globalgreentag.com

Cell:                                       +1 702 604 3359

To enquire further about the MSD, please contact Brett Hazlett, Global Sales – Global GreenTag International:

Brett HAZLETT                  (Australia EST)

Email:                                   manufacturers@globalgreentag.com

Mobile:                                +61 (0) 430 010 275

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