Start on the Path

Are you ready to take the first steps on the path towards certification - or want to find out what's involved?
The Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Foundations Program provides easy to access information to help you begin this journey. 

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Participate in this course to gain insight and guidance for collecting key information that will help you evaluate the design, manufacture, and optimization potential of your products, according to Cradle to Cradle Certified Basic level requirements.  

Online Content

Participate in this online course to understand what's involved in starting the certification process, and where your products stands across each of the five quality attributes of Cradle to Cradle Certified:

  • Material Health
  • Material Reutilization
  • Renewable Energy & Carbon Management
  • Water Stewardship
  • Social Fairness

Four video segments address these five categories, and provide guidance on what information you'll need to complete a preliminary version of the Assessment Summary Form, which will be reviewed and submitted by an Accredited Assessor.

Collecting this information will enable you with an efficient, cost-effective approach to get on the path towards continuous improvment. This information will be used to establish baselines that provide the foundation from which to build towards higher levels of achievement. 

Recommended Learning Pathway
We encourage you to participate in the the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Catalyst program prior to beginning your Foundations work. A deep understanding of Cradle to Cradle® and the Certified products program will make this a more meaningful and efficient project. 

Resources & Guidance

In addition to the video content, you'll also have access to worksheets and guidance documents to assist you in collecting information to complete your Assessment Summary Form. 

These resources include:

  • Bill of Materials
  • Supplier Declaration templates
  • Manufacturing Stage Guidance 
  • Energy Inventory
  • Water and social fairness worksheets

These documents will capture key information for engaging with your Accredited Assessor towards submitting the final Assessment Summary Form, and will also help chart a trajectory for improvement based on further optimization of the product.

We suggest you to view the full series and familiarize yourself with the documents before beginning your Certification project.

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About the Foundations Program

  • Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Products Program

    The Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Product Standard guides designers and manufacturers through a continual improvement process that looks at a product through five quality categories — material health, material reutilization, renewable energy and carbon management, water stewardship, and social fairness. Products earn an achievement level in each category — Basic, Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum — and an overall achievement level equal to the lowest-ranking category.

  • Beginning with Basic

    At the Basic level, a product is just starting out on the path to certification. Applicants must conduct a foundational inventory of materials and energy use in addition to investigating water and social fairness issues affecting their industry and production region.

    Much of this preliminary work can be done prior to or at the early stages of engaging an accredited assessor – enabling an efficient, cost-effective entry point to the certification.

  • Developed in Partnership

    The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute partnered with MBDC, the original authors of the Cradle to Cradle certification program and an accredited assessor for the program, to create this guidance for manufacturers. Based on 20+ years of collaboration with companies on design and optimization toward Cradle to Cradle® ideals, the tools and tips contained in this program offer you a unique opportunity to begin the certification process at a lower cost while engaging directly with the supply chain to complete Basic level requirements.