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AFD charter of responsible design

This Charter is the voluntary and committed response of design professionals to the major challenges of sustainable development. It is also a response to art. 8 and 9 of the Environmental Charter, enshrined in the French constitution on February 28, 2005: 

Article 8 – Environmental education and training must contribute to the exercise of the rights and duties defined by this Charter.
Article 9 – Research and innovation must contribute to the preservation and enhancement of the environment.

Goals of the AFD ’s ecodesign working group  :
— Trainning ;
— Informations ;
— Promoting values of ecodesign.

By the following ways  :
— Thorough works on the subject / collecting informations;
—Networking with other associations, NGO (Non-Governemental Organization) and institutions;
—Representation of the environmental commitment of the AFD in the exhibitions and the conferences;
—Training of our members, our suppliers, and customer

To integrate the stakes in sustainable development into design processes in order to minimize the environmental impact and aim at the well-being of human being and the next generation, the AFD charter’s  signatories designers make a commitment to respect the following ten principles:

1 A continuous improvement
A continuous improvement approach, questioning and permanent innovation. This approach passes by the training and information of the various actors of the process.

2 A systemic approach
Work in a systematic approach which takes into account multiple criteria and their interactions.

3 ACT together
ntegrate the customers and the suppliers into this initiative to imply them on the long term.

4. Social responsability
Take into account the respect for the social and sanitary conditions in the choice of the suppliers and the companies, including to the choice of customers.

5. Ressources
Make sure that the choice of materials and equipments relaying on environmental and social criteria throughout them.

6. Water, Air, Soil
Consider water, air and  soil as common good of humanity which it is necessary to protect and not to pollute during the life cycle of products or services.

7. Energy
Minimize needs in energy during the life cycle of products or services. Favor the renewable and not polluting sources.

8. Waste
Minimize the pollutions on the environment and favor the recyclability of products or services, as well as the residues and the linked packagings.

9. Health
Take into account the sanitary impact on the alive by making sure of the harmlessness with creation of new products or services, in the current state of the knowledge.

10. Biodiversity
Take into account the biodiversity in order to protect her and aim at its preservation during all the life cycle of products or services.