C2C Certified v4 is published

18 March 2021

Cradle to Cradle Certified v4 is here

The new version of the standard is published



We share here the announcement published today at the C2CPII website. More information soon.

The Cradle to Cradle Certified​®​ Product Standard Version 4.0 is the most ambitious and actionable standard yet for designing and making products today that enable a healthy, equitable and sustainable future. 

Cradle to Cradle Certified Version 4.0 offers businesses of all sizes a comprehensive single-standard solution for advancing from commitment to action by addressing interconnected sustainability topics, and developing safe and circular products. The standard enables brands, manufacturers, retailers and product designers to:

  • Prioritize action across five sustainability focus areas: Material Health, Product Circularity, Clean Air & Climate Protection, Water & Soil Stewardship, and Social Fairness
  • Enact roadmaps for change, from product innovation to operations.
  • Transform business models, systems and collaboration throughout the value chain.
  • Verify sustainability performance and measure progress.
  • Lead industry transformation towards a safe, circular and equitable future.

What’s New in Version 4.0

Cradle to Cradle Certified Version 4.0 features new and enhanced requirements in all performance categories, including:

  • New frameworks for Product Circularity and Social Fairness that define global best practices.
  • More rigorous requirements in Clean Air & Climate Protection that promote urgent action to address climate change.
  • Expanded requirements in Water & Soil Stewardship to ensure clean water and healthy soils are available to people and all other organisms.
  • Improved alignment of Material Health requirements with leading chemical regulations and other standards, including a new Restricted Substances List.
The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute will begin accepting new applications to certify products to the Version 4.0 standard in July 2021.

Cradle to Cradle Certified Version 4.0 Standard and Supporting Documents

More information on c2ccertified.org