Published Spring 2023

“We are, after all, the greatest problem solvers to have ever existed on Earth. If working apart, we are a force powerful enough to destabilize our planet. Surely working together, we are powerful enough to save it.”

                                              – Sir David Attenborough, Broadcaster and Documentary Maker

SCS Global Services operates for the benefit of people and the environment. This Annual Benefit Corporation Statement summarizes our work in support of this mission, through the administration of third-party certification services, development of rigorous standards, and sharing of knowledge and insights. Social and environmental responsibility are also embedded into our quality system and corporate polices, and are integral to our day-to-day internal operations.

SCS Founder and President


2022 saw the global regulatory landscape rapidly change as new legislation was passed and proposed with the aim of guiding businesses to be more transparent, more climate-focused, and more sustainable overall.

In the U.S., the Inflation Reduction Act included billions of dollars in grants, tax credits, and other incentives to support corporate climate-related projects, and transition to lower carbon technologies and greater energy efficiency. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) began the process of revamping its Green Guides, asking corporations and stakeholders to weigh in on the successes and shortcomings of the current guidance and asking for insights on issues such as greenwashing, transparency in sustainability and environmental labeling claims, and guidance on carbon offsets.

NASA, the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), and the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) issued proposed greenhouse gas changes for the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) that could impact government contractors, including Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). And the Security and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) proposed greenhouse gas reporting rule could potentially impact publicly traded companies and the private companies within their supply chains.

Simultaneously, two major regulations will impact organizations doing business in the European Union. At the end of the year, the EU Deforestation Regulation (EUDR) began final legal review prior to becoming law, and the EU Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD), which passed in 2022, went into effect on January 4, 2023. This new law will apply to approximately 50,000 companies that are now required to report on sustainability. In addition, a new law went into effect in January in France restricting Carbon Neutral claims to rigorous metrics.

Throughout our nearly 40 years of business, SCS has worked to keep pace with the ever-changing global regulatory landscape, all with a steadfast focus on providing science-based expertise in the areas of auditing, verification, and certification. As we mentioned last year in our Annual Report, SCS believes this is the most important decade for climate action, and these new regulations reinforce such action by providing additional structure and guidance to enable more companies to advance their corporate climate and sustainability initiatives to help protect the world and all its inhabitants.

As part of our tradition of meeting the needs of companies looking to become better environmental, ethical and climate stewards, SCS launched a new Plant-Based certification program to help distinguish plant-based brands and support transparency and efficacy in product labeling. Our Zero Waste program, which initially focused on corporate facilities, expanded to include zero waste events and projects. And during the year, our team, along with our non-profit standards-setting affiliate, SCS Standards, provided a major overhaul to our Sustainably Grown certification program for agricultural crops, which now allows for additional claims that include Farmworker Protection, Water Conservation, Soil Conservation, Biodiversity Protection, Climate Neutral, and Pollinator Friendly, and recognizes several additional “Trailblazer” accomplishments. This provides new ways for producers to showcase the exceptional management and care they take in their agricultural processes.

SCS also became accredited to audit and certify against three additional standards: the American Tree Farm System Standard (ATFS), which certifies private landowner and family-owned forests; the Bee Better Certification Program with its focus on pollinator best practices; and the Regenerative Organic Certified™ program, which raises the bar on organic foods, textiles and personal care ingredients.

As we continue to move through this decade, we are actively working to forge new partnerships and business relationships with organizations of all sizes and in all regions of the world. Together, we will continue to work to safeguard the future of our planet by protecting our land and natural resources and driving change that is based on science and sound, ethical business practices.


SCS’ senior management is fully committed to carrying out the benefit mission of the organization – to promote sustainable decision-making, policies and practices that safeguard our environment, climate, and health, support workers and communities, and raise the standard of living for all.

Our Team



We are proud to work with clients around the world, providing auditing, verification, certification, training, and consulting services in the natural resources, built environment, consumer products, food and agriculture, retail, and climate sectors. A summary of our current services can be found by checking out the services menu on our website.


New Services Added

  • SCS becomes accredited to offer American Tree Farm System (ATFS) certification to private landowners and family-owned forests

  • Bee Better Certified® program authorizes SCS Global Services as certifier

  • SCS launches new Plant-Based certification program to help distinguish plant-based brands and support transparency in product labeling

  • SCS expands Zero Waste Standard to include Zero Waste projects and events

  • Regenerative Organic certification program approves SCS as an accredited certification body

  • SCS 007 Sustainable Jewelry Standard expanded to include Artisanal Gold Mines


The SCS Board of Directors currently consists of eight individuals dedicated to the company’s mission and intimately knowledgeable about the company’s operations.


Statement from the Board

Consistent with our charter in the State of California as a Benefit Corporation, we confirm that: 1) SCS Global Services’ corporate purpose is to create a materially positive impact on society and the environment; 2) SCS Global Services includes consideration of non-financial interests within the scope of our fiduciary duty when making decisions; and 3) SCS Global Services publishes this Annual Benefit Corporation Statement summarizing its performance with respect to this charter.

Pursuant to Sections 14621 and 14630 of the California Corporations Code, the Board of Directors hereby affirms that, during the year 2022, the corporation successfully fulfilled its general purposes, functions and responsibilities as a California Benefit Corporation, as well as its specific purpose of providing third-party certification, auditing, testing and training services that recognize and reinforce client efforts to protect the environment, advance social responsibility, and enhance quality and safety.