Economy for the Common Good (ECG) certification track

The ECG track is for companies who want to increase their positive impact and contribute to the Common Good: a good life for everyone on a healthy planet. At the heart of ECG is the idea that value-driven businesses are mindful of, and committed to: Human Dignity, Solidarity and Social Justice, Environmental Sustainability, Transparency and Co-Determination. Adopting these core values makes your company future-proof and a frontrunner of the new economy.

The ECG track gives companies the opportunity to develop a Common Good Report based on the ECG values. The Common Good Report (also called 'Balance Sheet') is a 360° sustainability management tool that improves professional relationships and stimulates motivation, innovation and productivity.  In the marketplace, a Common Good Report shows that you are a reliable partner with ethical values. It also connects you to a diverse network of like-minded companies, municipalities, and other organisations. To get ECG-certified, you need an external audit of your Report.

ECG time investment

The track starts with an information session on 25 June, and continues with an optional two-part process to prepare for certification, which includes expert webinars, training and group consulting spread over 32 hours between the end of August 2021 and January 2022. Find out more.

The goal for ECG track participants is to produce a Common Good Report that is ready to be audited. Participants can produce the report on their own or join the first or both parts of the preparation process. Part 1 costs €375 and part 2 costs €440. Learn more about ECG certification.

Examples of certified ECG companies

MYCB1

MYCB1 is an Amsterdam-based, data-driven healthcare platform that aims to improve the quality of life of patients under chronic therapy. Its code of ethics is based on ECG principles.

Soulbottles

Soulbottles, a German company that joined the ECG movement in 2020, produces plastic-free drinking bottles in a fair, sustainable, and climate-neutral way.

Sparda Bank München

Sparda Bank München, Germany’s first ECG bank, is a cooperative bank that is committed to protecting the environment and taking climate action by planting trees.

Vaude

Vaude makes functional, fair, and environmentally friendly outdoor gear and apparel. This international brand is an ECG pioneer.