Amazon Compact by Design

Validated by SCS Global Services

What is Amazon Compact by Design?

As part of the Climate Pledge Friendly program, Compact by Design is a sustainability certification program developed and administered by Amazon and validated for integrity and functionality by SCS Global Services. Compact by Design was created to address climate change, demonstrate transparency, leadership, and integrity by identifying products with efficient designs. With the removal of excess air and water, products certified Compact by Design require less packaging which makes them more efficient to ship and leads to carbon emission reductions. Work with SCS Global Services to meet the requirements for Compact by Design and get badged on Amazon.

The SCS Advantage

As a leading, independent third-party validator and certifier, SCS works with companies to establish and implement tailored sustainability frameworks and benchmarks that bring business value and elevate awareness of environmentally responsible business practices. SCS completed the Phase 1 validation of the Compact by Design platform and process, which consisted of a baseline assessment of the overall program and methodology as well as a review and validation of three product categories. With this expertise, commitment to excellence, transparency, and exceptional customer service, SCS can help you qualify your products/s for Compact by Design.

  • Validation Framework

The Compact by Design platform was created by Amazon to identify products that have best-in-class “unit efficiency” which takes into consideration the packaging volume, weight and number of uses associated with the product. The goal of the certification process is to reduce carbon emissions by encouraging brands to design products that are lighter and smaller with makes them more efficient to ship.

Architecture and Workflow

The validation process followed the following steps:

  • Unit Efficiency Calculation: The unit efficiency is calculated for each product in a given product category. The formula for the unit efficiency was determined after thorough research, viability and practicality.
  • Threshold Setting: Qualification thresholds were established by product category using the unit efficiencies calculated for the products. Products had to be below the threshold to qualify for certification.
  • Qualification Determination: The Compact by Design platform includes an automated qualification engine that determines if a product meets the category thresholds. Data from product catalogs are initially used to determine the category thresholds.
  • Product Audits: Compact by Design includes an audit process that uses a dedicated support team to review product type, usage and pack size. The intent of the audit is to maintain the integrity of the program and ensure the program bar remains high.

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