& Use of Marks
Validation and verification of environmental information statements can result in responsible parties making reference to the findings, conclusions, reports and opinions expressed by Standard Carbon. Standard Carbon has the responsibility to establish rules governing references made by responsible parties to validation/verification and governing the use of marks.
Standard Carbon requires responsible parties to distinguish between “short-form” and “long-form” references to validated or verified environmental information statements. Standard Carbon requires that any use of a short form reference includes or makes reference to a long-form reference.
Note: “Include” means that the long-form reference is provided in proximity to the short-form reference in the same medium. “Make reference to” means that a reference to the location of the long-form reference in another medium, (e.g. website) is provided in proximity to the short-form reference.
Acceptable references for validated or verified environmental information statements are provided in the table below
Where Standard Carbon has been involved in a mixed engagement of verification and Agreed Upon Procedures (AUP), the following rules apply:
Rules governing the use of Standard Carbon marks, including but not limited to, name, logo, icons, reports, or statements:
The responsible party is not permitted to use marks to imply that statements not subject to validation or verification have been validated or verified. For example, use of Standard Carbon’s mark may include affixing it in a responsible party’s environmental information report next to a description of verified or validated environmental information. The responsibly party is not permitted to use Standard Carbon’s mark on environmental information statements which contain information that has not been validated or verified. Examples of the acceptable and unacceptable use of marks is illustrated in this table: