Certification

How to become certified?

The CSC is the global system operator owning the global certification system.

The Regional System Operators (RSO) are developing a structure to support clients in every region. If there is no RSO in your region, the CSC is the system operator.

The CSC signs a license agreement with Certification Bodies (CB). CB’s issue the certificates. Clients select the CB themselves. Our goal is to have several CBs in every region, to ensure competition.

Schematic description of the weighting of different activities.

Following the step

Companies that want to explore the content of CSC can use the free Quick Scan in the Toolbox. Registration for the Quick Scan is not necessary. You create an account in the Toolbox with the quick link to CSC Toolbox.
NOTE: when performing the Quick Scan, choose the correct system (cement, aggregates or concrete).

CREATE AN ACCOUNT

You create an account in the Toolbox of the system at quick link to CSC Toolbox. The CSC Toolbox provides a free quick test (duration approx. 20 minutes) of all CSC criteria. It provides information on whether and how a company or plant is likely to be certified.

PROJECT REGISTRATION

You require a license (a number of certification rights) for the Toolbox and submit a certification application. This is called «project registration». It is not only an administrative step, but also important insofar as the scope of certification is set here.

PREPARE YOUR CERTIFICATION

You prepare your certification. To this end, you or a person commissioned by you upload evidence into the Toolbox and supplement any explanations. After completing the system and uploading your evidence, your score will be calculated.

PERFORM AN ASSESSMENT

To perform an assessment you select a certification institute. This can be done before or after the project registration. The certification institute appoints an auditor for the project. The customer must agree with the certification institute on the costs of the audit.

AUDIT REPORT

You can constantly improve the quality of your evidence. When this process is completed, the audit report is generated and the project file is frozen. An independent CSC auditor reviews the report.

REVIEWS THE WORK

Finally, the certification institute reviews the work of the auditor and determines whether additional inspection is required. The minimum number of occurrences equals 0.7 times the square root of the number of works included in the scope.

CERTIFICATE ISSUED

If the certification institute is satisfied with the content and quality of the report, the certificate is issued.

RECERTIFICATION

A new certification (recertification) will be necessary after three years.

The benefits

CSC has now been recognised as a responsible sourcing certification system for concrete, cement and aggregates by the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM), By DNGB and by Envision, a US infrastructure certification.

The value of the CSC results in particular from the planned or partly already recognised recognition by international systems for assessing the sustainability of buildings. These are systems like BREEAM, LEED and DGNB.

Environmental protection

Reduce climate impact, preserve biodiversity and strenghten climate resilience of the buildings and construction sector.

Positive business impact

CSC is recognized in leading green building labels: BREEAM, DGNB, LEED, OGNI
CSC is the benchmark tool within the global concrete industry.

Community engagement

Promote concrete as a construction material of choice within our society. Knowledge sharing, outreach and awareness rising

Improve productivity

Identify opportunites for action as you gain insight into the sustainability performance of your supply chain

Credibility

CSC is independent and the certification process review is performed by independent certification bodies.

Go to our toolbox to start a certification

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What we do

The CSC Certification System for Concrete is being issued and maintained by the Concrete Sustainability Council (CSC) and applicable globally. In regions with a substantial interest in sustainable concrete certifications, the CSC is implementing and adapting the CSC system in partnership with Regional System Operators.

The CSC system is a product certification system, which typically applies to all products manufactured and supplied by the plant. Ready-mix concrete plants and precast concrete plants can obtain a ‘CSC certificate’.

Cement and aggregate suppliers can obtain a ‘CSC supplier certificate’. The CSC supplier certificates are being recognized in the CSC concrete certification in the category ‘Chain of custody’.

No CSC certificate can be issued if the prerequisites have not been satisfied.

Prerequisites

P1

Ethical and Legal Compliance

P2

Human Rights

P3

Indigenous People Rights

P4

Environmental & Social Impact

P5

Traced Materials

In addition to the prerequisites for certification, the four categories are subdivided into individual credits (Version 2.1).

Management

M1

Sustainable Purchasing

M2

Environmental Management

M3

Quality Management

M4

Health & Safety Management

M5

Benchmarking

Environment

E1

Life Cycle Impact

E2

Land Use

E3

Energy & Climate

E4

Air Quality

E5

Water

E6

Biodiversity

E7

Secondary Materials

E8

Transport

E9

Secondary Fuels

Social

S1

Local Community

S2

Health Product Information

S3

Occupational Health & Safety

S4

Labor Practices

Economy

B1

Local Economy

B2

Ethical Business

B3

Innovation

B4

Feedback Procedure

The Licences fees

Every plant that wants to certify needs one certification license.
CSC certification licenses can be redeemed with registration rights
which can be purchased individually and in the form of a bundle.

Costs for CSC registration rights are as follows:

REGISTRATION RIGHT

1

1.075€

REGISTRATION RIGHT

5

4.300€

REGISTRATION RIGHT

10

7.500€