WHAT IS A GC-MARK?
A GC-Mark is a seal that indicates that a service or organization fulfills a number of relevant standards or requirements. Based upon traditional national and international standards, DQS has identified and developed criteria for excellence in quality, safety, hygiene, sustainability, and customer-friendliness. Each of the more than 40 GC-Marks has a corresponding set of requirements. Companies and organizations can request a voluntary assessment that analyzes whether they meet the relevant GC-Mark criteria.
WHY DO YOU NEED A GC-MARK?
- Unlike traditional standards, GC-Marks demonstrate excellence in a way that is easily understandable for the intended target group. Most consumers have a hard time understanding the relevance of traditional certification, with its multitude of abbreviations and seemingly arbitrary numbers. By contrast, the designations of the GC-Marks are clear and transparent.
- GC-Marks can be used on websites, in brochures, on products, and on infrastructure: it is a flexible and visually attractive label suitable for promotional purposes.
A GC-Mark is more than a label: because it is based on solid criteria and a thorough on-site assessment, it is a value-adding experience for your organization. Our competent auditors point out potential for improvement and help you increase efficiency and service quality.
WHAT KINDS OF GC-MARKS ARE THERE?
Our catalogue offers more than 40 GC-Marks to certify quality, safety, sustainability, and hygiene. They focus upon different parameters, including the durability of products, the environmental impact of companies, the quality of services, compliance with laws and regulations, the reliability of suppliers, and the social responsibility of organizations. For every individual GC-Mark, there is a corresponding list of criteria that need to be fulfilled in order to receive the Mark.
WHICH SECTORS CAN BENEFIT FROM GC-MARKS?
Specific GC-Mark series are available for hotels & restaurants, transportation, logistics and packaging, for manufacturers and suppliers of consumer goods, and for public facilities. In addition, our GC-Marks for organizations offer generic solutions across different sectors.
Upon request, DQS also develops tailor-made GC-Marks for suppliers, as well as voluntary certification standards for members of associations and federations.
HOW CAN YOU OBTAIN THE GC-MARK?
Interested? Based upon the scope of the GC-Mark, the size of the organization and the type of goods and services, DQS will provide a quote. After a preparatory self-assessment, an on-site audit will take place to ensure that the relevant criteria have been met. Once a GC-Mark has been awarded, it remains valid for one year.
WHO SHOULD I CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION?
Contact us, and we will be glad to help!