Coaching during the Cradle to Cradle® certification process:
Communication & coordination at a meta-level


Cradle to Cradle® certification is currently regarded as the most demanding quality assessments for products. The scope depends on the complexity of the product and the manufacturing process as well as the depth of the supply chain.

In order to maintain an overview of the extensive certification process and keep an eye on the essentials, a working level with a meta-perspective is required. As an authorised Cradle to Cradle® cooperation partner and agency with many years of reporting experience, we can offer our customers this working level.

In our role as a coach and intermediary, we act as a link between your company as the manufacturer and the certifying assessor, as well as potentially industry-specific project managers. We handle all coordinating tasks, systematically filter information, and take on the substantive (partial) preparation of various audits. With our interdisciplinary approach, we efficiently and communicatively address the complex requirements that the certification process entails, all the way to the issuance of the Cradle to Cradle® certificate by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute (C2CPII).

Our coaching services for your Cradle to Cradle® certification:

  • Determination of the scope of certification
  • Development of a Cradle to Cradle® certification concept
  • Outline of material cycles
  • Recommendation/selection of the assessor depending on complexity
  • Pre-screening/quick scan to sound out the certification potential (basic, bronze, silver, platinum)
  • Coordination and monitoring of the individual certification steps
  • Preparation of the audits
  • Support for the re-certification process, based on design thinking

Cradle to Cradle® and C2C® are registered trademarks of MBDC.
Cradle to Cradle Certified® is a certification mark of MBDC exclusively licensed to Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute.

The certification process:

A comprehensive certification process is required for Cradle to Cradle® certification. This process is conducted by an accredited assessor who examines and evaluates all aspects of the product, its manufacturing, and logistics from a scientific perspective.

The assessment is based on five pillars:

  • Ingredients and material health
  • Material cycle management and recyclability
  • Energy consumption, renewable energies & CO2 management
  • Managing water as a resource
  • Social responsibility and fairness
Various audits and analyses lead to a classification of the Cradle to Cradle® Levels: Basic, Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum. These classifications are submitted in the form of a comprehensive report to the nonprofit Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute (C2CPII) in California. A successful examination ultimately results in the issuance of the certificate for 2 years, which can be renewed through recertification. This ensures the regular confirmation of product quality. Innovative advancements in ingredients and individual recycling processes can lead to achieving a higher Cradle to Cradle® Level.

Project example:

Cradle to Cradle® concept for Adolf Würth GmbH & Co. KG and coaching of the C2C certification process

Vision des Cradle to Cradle®-Konzept für das VARIFIX Schnellmontagesystem der Adolf Würth GmbH & Co. KG: VARIFIX trägt dazu bei, dass ein Bauherr sein Gebäude mit minimalem Aufwand umnutzen kann und dabei seine Materialwerte bewahrt.
Technischer Kreislauf des zertifizierten Cradle to Cradle Konzepts des VARIFIX Schnellmontagesystems der Adolf Würth GmbH & Co. KG
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