Milieukeur, the Dutch environmental quality label, has a broad approach towards sustainable production of products and services. The certification schemes of Milieukeur relate to the whole life cycle of the product or service, and address important sustainability themes:
General themes Milieukeur agro/food and non-food
Specific themes Milieukeur agro/food
As of July 2014 there are 725 businesses with a Milieukeur product certificate. It's not just Dutch businesses that have their products certified. Production according to the Milieukeur requirements also takes place in Germany, Belgium, Spain, Italy and South Africa.
The criteria for Milieukeur are established by a set of procedures under the responsibility of the Committees of Experts for agro/food and for non-food. Producer organisations, the retail trade, government, scientists, ecologists and consumer groups are represented on the Committees .
Further fine-tuning is achieved through public hearings with participants such as businesses and social organisations. This method, approved by the Dutch Accreditation Council (RvA), ensures broad, reliable social support.
Independent certification bodies periodically check if the products and services meet the Milieukeur requirements. SMK has licensing agreements with certification bodies for each product group. These bodies have been accredited by the Dutch Accreditation Council, which demonstrates that they carry out expert, reliable and impartial inspections. The inspections are carried out in accordance with European standards for product certification (formerly 45011, now ISO / IEC 17065:2012).