The GCC Principles

The GCC Principles of Sustainable Excellence

The GCC® Principles of Sustainable Excellence relate to a range of social and environmental impacts typically caused by industry and businesses.

To be eligible for GCC® status, businesses must work in ways and create product(s) which adhere to or are advancing the following principles:


1. Operate legally, and openly communicate their sustainability commitments and performance.

No Child Labour

2. Do not tolerate forced or child labour in its facilities or supply chain.

Fair Work

3. Respect the rights of employees and contractors and ensure they are treated fairly and with dignity, without discrimination of any kind; provide a safe and healthy workplace; and guarantee a legal minimum wage throughout the supply chain.


4. Contribute to the economic and social development of communities affected by their operations.

And in ways that:


5. Allow the key materials of the product or collection to be traced back to their origins.

Preservation of Resources and Environment

6. Conserve endangered species, ecosystems and ecological processes and do not cause deforestation or loss of biodiversity.

Recycle and Reuse

7. Re-use resources including raw materials and finished products, and minimise energy use, water, natural resources, waste generation and greenhouse gas emission.

Pollution Minimisation

8. Avoid pollution to air, water and soil and the use of toxic chemicals.

Resource Management

9. Ensure that the extraction and disposal of water and management of waste is legal and responsible.

Animal Welfare

10. Promote animal welfare and do not allow them to suffer.