Leaders in Sustainability Standards

SCS Standards is a not-for-profit organization specializing in the development of sustainability standards. We are the official standards development body for Scientific Certification Systems.

Our Vision

A sustainable future that safeguards our environment and our climate, respects the dignity and supports the health and well-being of workers and communities, and raises the standard of living for all.

Our Mission

To achieve this vision, we develop standards that promote the highest levels of performance in environmental protection, social/ethical responsibility, good governance, product safety and quality, and continuous improvement. We partner with the public and private sectors to support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

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    Advance the mission through the development of leadership standards.

  • Community

    Build stronger communities through environmental stewardship and social responsibility.

  • Ideas

    Nurture innovative ideas that challenge the status quo to ensure a sustainable economy and healthy planet.

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    Partner with others who share our commitment to bold action to accelerate adoption of sustainability solutions.

Partner with Us

Contact us about your standards development needs.  

We partner with corporations, industry associations, NGOs, and social and environmental stakeholder groups to facilitate and develop proprietary voluntary sustainability standards that break new ground in environmental and social responsibility and provide a platform to recognize leadership efforts in multiple industries.  

History of SCS Standards

SCS Standards was founded in 2020 as the official standards development body for Scientific Certification Systems, and has been an ANSI-accredited Standard Developer since 2021.  

We build on SCS’ significant experience participating in the development of world-class standards promoting safe, sustainable business practices since 1984, including some of the world's most widely recognized standards addressing natural resource extraction from forests, fisheries and mines, food and agricultural production, the built environment, and consumer products. 

We have released several new standards into the marketplace and have supported private entities in their efforts to develop and launch their proprietary standards.  

King Fisher
2022

SCS-109

Certification Standard for Plant-Based Products
Plants
1984

SCS-101

Pesticide Residue Free Certification Standard
Plastic bottles
1989

SCS-104

Biodegradability Standard
Crushed up water bottles
1989

SCS-103

Recycled Content Standard
Chairs around a table in a room with a window and orange walls
1994

SCS-105

Indoor Air Quality Product Performance Standard for Building Interiors
Plastic bottle caps
2003

SCS-106

Recycling Program Standard
Bouquets of tulips in white, red, pink, and purple
2004

SCS-001-2

Sustainably Grown Veriflora: A Sustainability Standard for Cut Flowers and Potted Plants
Cut logs in a pile
2010

SCS-203-1

SCS LegalHarvest™ Verification (LHV) Standard for the Assessment of Forests
Pieces of cut wood
2010

SCS-203-2

SCS LegalHarvest™ Verification (LHV) Chain of Custody Standard
White trees in a forest
2011

SCS-203-3

SCS LegalHarvest™ Verification (LHV) Standard for Multi-Site Assessment
Gold
2012

SCS-202-1

Responsible Source™ for Precious Metals Standard
Green thread on spools
2014

SCS-201

Responsible Source™ Standard for Chip, Pellets and Manufactured Fibers
Field with sunset in the background
2014

SCS-001-1

Sustainably Grown: A Sustainable Agriculture Standard for Agricultural Crops
Gold rings stacked on top of each other
2015

SCS-202-2

Responsible Source™ Standard for Gemstones
Trees in a green forest
2015

SCS-204

SCS Salvaged Wood & Fiber Standard
Peat
2017

SCS-001-3

Responsibly Managed Peatlands: A Veriflora® Standard for Responsible Horticultural Peat Moss Production
Men working on a log
2018

SCS-203-4

SCS LegalHarvest™ Verification (LHV) Standard for the Assessment of Forests (Costa Rica)
Plants being grown inside vertically
2018

SCS-102

Pesticide Free Certification Standard
Diamond rings
2021

SCS-007-1

Certification Standard for Sustainability Rated Diamonds
Trash going down a chute
2021

SCS-110

Certification Standard for Zero Waste Facilities
Wheat and grains
2021

SCS-107

Certification Standard for Gluten-Free Products
Overhead shot of large machinery sorting through piles of trash
2021

SCS-111-1

Certification Standard for Zero Waste Projects
A crowd descending stairs
2021

SCS-111-2

Certification Standard for Zero Waste Events
Forest with river running through it
2022

SCS-108

Certification Standard for Carbon Neutral Entities, Buildings, Products and Services