A.I.S.E. has developed and manages the Charter scheme on the industry's behalf. It is open to all companies in all EU countries plus Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, whether they are members of A.I.S.E. or not, and whether they manufacture, distribute, or market soaps, detergents, maintenance products or cleaning systems.
The experience gained by A.I.S.E. through the Charter offers valuable input to the work that A.I.S.E. undertakes in the context of its pilot work on "Product Environment Footprint”.
Please download a Poster
summarising the Charter for Sustainable Cleaning scheme here
Since the original Charter was launched in 2005, about 250 companies have have joined the project, representing over 95% of the total production output for Europe.
Regular upgrades ensure that it continues to offer the most advanced whole life cycle sustainability assurance scheme for promoting best practice within the industry. In 2010 a product dimension was added, enabling companies to offer sustainability assurance for individual products, with an enhance Charter logo. It also establishes equivalences between the Charter Sustainability Procedures and ISO and certain other manufacturing standards in order to avoid duplication between the Charter verification process and regular company audits.
How it works
The Charter stipulates a set of Charter Sustainability Procedures (CSPs) for companies to implement in their management systems. It also defines a set of key performance indicators (KPIs)
linked to CSPs and covering the whole lifecycle.
Companies signed up to the Charter must report annually on these KPIs to measure their progress towards sustainable cleaning. The data collected is independently verified by the internationla audit firm SGS on behalf of A.I.S.E..
Since 2010, the Charter also incorporates a product dimension, enabling companies to offer sustainability assurance for individual products, by complying with Charter Advanced Sustainability Profiles (ASPs
) . ASPs, which are again developed based on life cycle analysis, set sustainability criteria that are ambitious but reasonably achievable by all market players.
To view the Charter ASP criteria available to date for implementation, please visit the Charter website