The VinylPlus® Product Label
The VinylPlus® Product Label is a labelling scheme which makes it easy for customers and markets to identify the most sustainable and high-performance PVC products. Currently, the scheme covers the PVC building products as defined in Article 2 and Annex I of the EU Construction Products Regulation 305/2011.
Top 5 reasons to apply for the VinylPlus® Product Label
1. Showcase your sustainable PVC solutions
2. Increase your sales for sustainable PVC solutions
3. Set yourself apart and attract buyers and specifiers
4. Make it easy for your customers to identify your products based on sustainability performance
5. Benefit from the Label promotion done by VinylPlus®
– Francis Van Eeckhout, CEO, Deceuninck
“The VinylPlus® Product Label confirms effectively and efficiently our high product requirements on input components, product quality and used management systems.”
– Joachim Oberrauch, Member of the Board of Directors, Finstral AG
“GEALAN Fenster-Systeme GmbH has been one of the few companies to be certified according to ISO 14001 and EMAS III since 1996. To show our customers that sustainability plays an important role not only in our management system but also in the manufacture of our products, we have also decided to make the efforts needed to be certified and awarded the VinylPlus® Product Label .”
– Sophia Lingner, Manager Quality, Environment, Energy, GEALAN Fenster-Systeme GmbH
What the Product Label holders say about it
“We were searching for quite some time for a suitable sustainability certificate for our PVC product range. The VinylPlus Product Label is the most credible and powerful option we have found.”
– Thomas Napromski, Head of Innovation and Network, Schüco Polymer Technologies
“We expect that our customers will appreciate this new and very visible proof for our sustainability performance in the PVC profile sector. The VinylPlus Product Label also gave us good ideas how to improve further.” – Rehau AG
“We were among the first to apply for the VinylPlus Product Label and we are proud we are among the pioneers to receive this recognition. It combines elements from responsible sourcing (largely included in the BES 6001 scheme) and the sustainability aspects of the VinylPlus programme.”
– Neil Stuart, Divisional Compliance Manager, Epwin Window Systems
“The VinylPlus Product Label audit was quite a challenge for us to organise, as it came on top of all the other auditing work companies have to do these days. But, it was worthwhile and exciting to measure our sustainability work with a best of class standard.”
– Jürgen Herbe, Head of Marketing, Veka
“It is our responsibility to operate sustainably, the VinylPlus® Product Label certificate is a great way for us to illustrate this to our customers in the PVC sector.”
– Christoph Jungwirth, Head of Product Management, Internorm Bauelemente GmbH
“Thanks to the VinylPlus® Product Label, Verseidag-Indutex GmbH underlines the responsible and sustainable use of PVC, a material particularly suitable for permanent and temporary applications in construction. All certified articles are 100% recyclable, so that they can be recycled in the circular economy. With the VinylPlus certification, Verseidag-Indutex GmbH sets a new benchmark and lives up to its pioneering role in the manufacture of sustainable products.”
– Henric Leuer, Geschaeftsfuehrer, Verseidag-Indutex GmbH
How does it work?
The VinylPlus® Product Label is a voluntary certification scheme. All VinylPlus® partners can choose to apply for the label for a PVC product or product family. The scheme has been developed so as to ensure that the products and their components, but also the company’s policies and performances, are aligned with the below sustainability requirements:
VinylPlus® partnership and programme support
Organisational Management Requirements
Supply Chain Management Requirements
Controlled Loop Management and Recycling
PVC Resin from sustainable sources
Responsible use of Additives
Sustainable Energy and Climate policies
Sustainability Awareness and Communication
Read more about the sustainability criteria
Each criterion covers one or more levels of performance, ranging from a basic mandatory level to an outstanding level. All compulsory criteria must be fulfilled in order to secure certification. Each criterion is given a score or number of credits by an independent third-party auditor. Criteria are regularly revised and developed through transparent procedures open to all stakeholders. To ensure transparency and impartiality the audit results are then independently verified by BRE.
- Legal compliance, Quality management systems
- Registered partnership with VinylPlus®
- Use of PVC resins manufacturers according to ECVM Charters
- Cadmium-, lead- and low molecular weight orthophthalate-free formulations
- Waste management
Non compulsory criteria
- Recycling content of products, design for better recycling
- Living the VinylPlus® programme in the whole organisation
An overall performance rating is attached to the certificate of approval to highlight areas of strong performance and opportunities for improvement.
How to apply
Check if all compulsory requirements are met using the Self Assessment document available on the website.
VinylPlus® verifies conformity and informs the applicant how his application is processed.
Applicant fills out audit information and undertake preparation for the auditor’s onsite visit. The auditor undertakes a pre-assessment.
The onsite audit takes place and the auditor prepares the performance report.
BRE verifies the results of the performance report. Comments from the applicant can be requested if necessary.
After positive completion of the audit process, VinylPlus® grants a certificate of approval which is valid for 3 years.
Partners can apply for a renewal of their certification 3 months before the end of the validity of the certificate. The re-certification process is the same as before.