Responsible Products Framework

All Green Star rating tools released from 2020 include credits that seek to reward the use of products that meet the criteria set out in our Responsible Products Framework (Framework). Other rating tools continue to use this process

The Framework outlines criteria for scoring how ‘responsible’ a product is. A responsible product is the most appropriate choice made by a project team when considering environmental, climate, health, biodiversity, social, and circular impacts, as well as disclosure and verification.

The Framework is currently used to score initiatives that a product or manufacturer can comply with. Each initiative is each allocated a Responsible Product Value score based on their compliance with the Framework. 

The more initiatives the product complies with, the higher the ‘Responsible Product Value’ of the product, which is used to determine its compliance with the credits in each rating tool. 

The following initiatives have been awarded the below Responsible Product Value Scores for the interim and these scores are expected to change at the end of 2021 as the transition period ends.

Scored initiatives

The following initiatives have been scored:

Initiative Responsible Product Value score 
Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) – Product/Company Specific 4
Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) – Industry Sector 2
ISO 14001 Certification 3
Reused Product15
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)
The FSC National Forest Stewardship Standard of Australia (FSC-STD-AUS-01-2018 EN)
Vinyl Council of Australia
Best Practice PVC

* This standard is currently undergoing review and is likely to change in the future

The scores for the following initiatives are expected to be released in early 2021.  A number of these initiatives are also reviewing their standards and may have their score change during the year. The standards that are updating are noted below.

  • ASI Environmental Sustainability Charter
  • Carpet Institute Australia
  • Climate Active Carbon Neutral 
  • Environmental Choice New Zealand
  • Good Environmental Choice Australia
  • Global GreenTag
  • Responsible Wood
  • SMaRT

Requesting an initiative to be considered

We want to invite certification schemes and other sustainability initiative providers to express their interest in being scored under the Responsible Product Framework. Applications will formally open mid 2021. Contact us if you would like to be notified.

Information for product manufacturers and suppliers

If you are a member organisation, please contact us if you would like to receive a briefing on the Responsible Product Framework, and what it means to you.