EDSS uses the following 5 steps.
1. Identification of Relevant Ecolabels
First, EDSS identifies the ecolabels that are relevant (1) to the company’s operations, product or service characteristics, and (2) to the company’s development or marketing strategy.
2. Effectiveness Assessment
In the second step, EDSS assesses, for each of the Relevant Ecolabels identified in the previous step, the Effectiveness on the company’s development/marketing strategy. This assessment takes into account the company’s priorities for 8 main ecolabel characteristics, such as their Market Impact and Credibility. EDSS combines this information with an additional 48 ecolabel characteristics to complete the Effectiveness assessment.
3. Compliance Assessment
In the third step, the user enters information about the company’s organizational or managerial capacity referring to 10 different management areas , such as Monitoring, Policy and Life Cycle Management. EDSS compares this information to the Relevant Ecolabels’ requirements and assesses the degree of Compliance of the company with each one.
In the fourth step, EDSS presents the Effectiveness and Compliance assessment results for all Relevant Ecolabels in a two-dimensional graph. The graph helps the user better understand the relevant significance of each ecolabel and the advantages and disadvantages of each ecolabel. The axes of the graph are presented in % of the maximum attainable level.
5. Improvement Actions
In the last step, the user can choose an ecolabel from the Results graph and see a list of Improvement Actions recommended by EDSS that can help the company increase the degree of compliance with the chosen ecolabel.