What is a Green America Certified Business?
We believe every entrepreneur and business leader has the power to challenge business as usual. Our mission is to help small green businesses grow the new green economy from the ground up.
Since 1982, Green America has certified green businesses that are committed to using business as a platform for social change. We look for entrepreneurs and business leaders who are solving social and environmental problems… by design.
What do we mean by green?
The Green Business Certification is awarded to businesses that are:
- Environmentally responsible in the way they source and manufacture products, and run their operations and facilities;
- Socially equitable and committed to extraordinary practices that benefit the well-being of workers, customers, suppliers, and the greater community; and
- Accountable for their work by continually improving and tracking their progress, and operating with radical transparency in every facet of their business
Why Bronze, Silver, and Gold?
To grow a new green economy, we must do more than simply recognize the pioneers in the field. We believe a critical step is to help all entrepreneurs and business leaders deepen their work in sustainability. We now award Bronze, Silver, and Gold Seals to reward businesses as they make greater progress toward greener business practices.
What does each level signify?
The Green Business Certification levels signify a company’s track record in using their platform for social change. They identify the leading green businesses that have laid the groundwork for the green economy, and the emerging green businesses that will help bring it to scale.
Represents businesses that are starting on the path of sustainability and implementing sustainable practices in the workplace. They are mapping their impact in company operations. They are removing the worst ingredients/materials from their products.
Represents businesses that are deepening their commitment to social AND environmental responsibility in core business practices, along their supply chain, and in the community. They are developing criteria/standards, identifying main areas of concern, and creating action plans. They are focused on producing natural/non-toxic products with minimal impact.
Represents businesses that are pioneering best practices in their industry and embedding social and environmental responsibility into the DNA of their company. They are reporting, reassessing, and continuously improving performance. They are focused on producing the purest product at the highest standards possible, including organic, Fair Trade, and/or local.
What do we mean by green?
Green America does not certify companies that sell or offer services involving tobacco, non-renewable energy, gambling, weapons, the military or defense systems.