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Green Building Council of Australia
We help individuals and organisations make, buy and do better for people and the planet
GECA is an independent not-for-profit organisation with over twenty-three years of experience engaging with stakeholders across the entire lifecycle of products and services. Since 2000, we've been dedicated to enabling architects, specifiers, procurement professionals and consumers to make good choices for their clients and the environment. Previously known as Good Environmental Choice Australia, GECA was founded around a vision for a sustainable future for people and planet. Since the beginning, we have aimed to facilitate this vision via our ecolabel program following ISO 14024 principles for global best practices. Our ecolabelling scheme was the first of its kind in Australia, and we're proud to be the only Australian member of the Global Ecolabelling Network (GEN), the leading network of the world's most credible and robust lifecycle ecolabels. Our ecolabel was also the first to be recognised by the Green Building Council of Australia's (GBCA) Green Star rating system. Our holistic approach to sustainability, which embraces environmental, social and health impacts, has been greatly informed by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The UN Global Compact and its Ten Principles align with the work GECA does daily. As part of this alignment with the UN's SDGs, our team of experts has integrated relevant SDGs into all our ecolabel standards, providing clarity to consumers, specifiers, and procurement professionals about how they actively contribute to these targets. GECA has proudly been a Certified B Corporation since 2015, named one of the Best For The World™ B Corps for our governance structures for the past two years. Our B Corp status is significant to us as we take the concept of continuous improvement very seriously, not just for our licensees but also for ourselves! The value of credible independent third-party certification is at our core. Today, we have over 2,000 certified products and services across 27 lifecycle ecolabel standards ranging from furniture, carpets and cleaning products to waste collection services, steel and cement. We've also expanded our environmental labelling services to include our Claims Authentication Service based on ISO 14021 and LCA & EPD Suite following internationally recognised ISO 14025 principles.
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