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Organization type: EarthCheck also service and support the not-for-profit EarthCheck Research Institute (ERI) and host the APEC International Centre for Sustainable Tourism.

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  • Social and environmental attributes
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Conformity Assessment | How is compliance with this ecolabel's standard ensured?

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  • Organizational details including year established, funding, and governance

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Year ecolabel est. 1997

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Product categories this ecolabel applies to
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Last updated: 20 October 2015