Eco labelling


GEN: The Global Ecolabelling Network
The internationally recognised network of ecolabelling organisations
The Global Ecolabelling Network (GEN) is a non-profit association of leading ecolabelling organisations worldwide. GEN was founded in 1994 to help protect the environment by improving, promoting, and developing the ecolabelling of green products and sustainable services.

Life Cycle-Based Ecolabels & Global Ecolabelling Network Descriptions in British English, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, Chinese, and French

Fosters co-operation, information exchange and standards harmonisation among members, associates, and other ecolabelling programmes
Participates in international organisations in order to promote ecolabelling
Encourages demand for, and supply of, more environmentally responsible goods and services
GEN Annual Reports
GEN History In Brief

What is Ecolabelling?
GEN Member Ecolabels are Among the World's Most Rigorous Environmental Labels for Products and Services
Ecolabelling is a voluntary method of environmental performance certification and labelling that is practised around the world. An ecolabel identifies products or services proven to be environmentally preferable within a specific category.

In contrast to arbitrary "green" symbols or claims made by providers, GEN members offer credible labels certified by an impartial third party for products or services that have been independently determined to meet transparent environmental leadership criteria based on life cycle considerations.

A GEN member ecolabel on a product or service means it is certified against a science-based standard. Requirements and product categories can differ but all standards address multiple environmental and health issues which can include toxicity, air quality, energy and water use, recyclability, use of natural resources, and other areas of concern.

GEN member programmes have attained the status of Type 1 according to ISO 14024:2018 Environmental Labels and Declarations—Type 1 Environmental Labelling. Find more information on the ISO principles here.


ISO14024 Guiding Principles for Type 1 Ecolabels

Diagram of Third vs. First-party Labelling

GEN Position on the ISO 14024 Standard: Type I Environmental Labelling

Eco Labelling