Standard Owner Benchmark - ICEA

By CommonShare

ICEA (Istituto per la Certificazione Etica e Ambientale) is an Italian certification body that specializes in certifying organic, natural, and eco-friendly products, including cosmetics, textiles, food, and more. Founded in 2000, ICEA aims to promote sustainability, ethical practices, and environmental responsibility in various industries.

The primary focus of ICEA is to provide certifications that ensure compliance with stringent standards for organic and eco-friendly products. The certifications offered by ICEA cover a wide range of sectors, but they have gained particular recognition in the organic cosmetics industry.

When it comes to organic cosmetics, ICEA certification ensures that products meet specific criteria, including:

Organic Ingredients: ICEA certification requires a significant percentage of organic ingredients in the product formulation. The use of synthetic ingredients is restricted, and certain additives and preservatives are prohibited.

Sustainable Sourcing: ICEA emphasizes the use of organic and sustainably sourced ingredients. It promotes biodiversity conservation, supports fair trade practices, and encourages responsible sourcing methods.

Manufacturing Process: The certification evaluates the entire manufacturing process, including production, packaging, and waste management. Companies must follow environmentally friendly practices, minimize energy consumption, reduce waste generation, and use eco-friendly packaging materials.

Traceability and Transparency: ICEA places importance on traceability and transparency throughout the supply chain. Companies must provide detailed information about the origin of ingredients, processing methods, and the entire production cycle.

By obtaining ICEA certification, companies demonstrate their commitment to producing organic and environmentally friendly products. The ICEA logo on certified products assures consumers that the products have undergone rigorous evaluation and meet the high standards set by the certification body.

ICEA also promotes sustainability and ethical practices through education and awareness initiatives. They work closely with companies, consumers, and other stakeholders to raise awareness about the benefits of organic and eco-friendly products, as well as the importance of supporting ethical and sustainable practices.

In summary, ICEA is an Italian certification body that offers certifications for organic, natural, and eco-friendly products, including cosmetics. ICEA certifications provide assurance to consumers that certified products meet strict standards for organic ingredients, sustainable sourcing, and environmentally responsible manufacturing practices. The certifications contribute to the growth of sustainable industries and support consumers in making conscious choices aligned with their values.

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The certification uses a multi-stakeholder, independent governance model to support the development of the standards related to the certification.

Supply Side Digitization

Details on the certificate are easily available via technology for inclusion in third party digital applications.

Buy Side Availability

Buy side availability details out how easy it is for consumers to find products and companies exhibiting the standards offered by the certification.


This considers the scale of the certification, and the number of products and companies that currently contribute to the certificate. National and local certification are normalized with countries.

Digital Accessibility

How easy is it for innovative new companies, startups, and local retailers to have the same access and affordable pricing models to use standard information in digital applications.

How our Standard Owner Benchmark® Works?

By CommonShare

This is a benchmark to help companies understand which standards should be part of a sustainable procurement plan. Further, the benchmark allows standard setting schemes, i.e. "Standard Owners", to benchmark their performance versus industry peers.