What can organizations expect from the "Circular Performance Ladder"?

Organizations that are starting of have started the process of circular entrepreneurship are eligible for the Kiwa “Circular Performance Ladder”. The certificate focuses on the design of the management system and how it connects to the principles of circularity. Attention is also paid to the development of products and services that are in line with circularity.

The Circular Performance Ladder guides organizations step-by-step in making the transition to circular entrepreneurship. A link is sought with the structure of, for example, the ISO 9001. This offers quality managers that are familiar with these standards guidance, because they remain in familiar territory!

What does Kiwa expect from an organization that wants to be eligible for the Circular Performance Ladder certificate?

View into your own perspective

The organization determines the impact of circularity on its goals and strategy. For example, stakeholders, economic restrictions, legal provisions, a strategic plan, etc.

Leadership and commitment

The top management has to show leadership in the implementation of circular entrepreneurship in the organization. For example, the promotion of a policy aimed at circularity


The organization can demonstrate that action is being taken in the field of circularity. For example, a plan of action in which step by step is described how the organization will achieve the intended circular goals.


The organization determines which resources are needed to achieve the intended circular goals. For example, the education and training of employees in the context of circularity.


The organization uses a plan/do/check/act cycle for continuous improvement of the circularity policy. This includes, establishing internal controls focused on circularity and involving key stakeholders from the supply chain in improving. You could also think of transparent communication about the products or services to the market, or the drafting of agreements with customers where the product is taken back after a certain period of use.

Design and choice of materials

During the design of the product, the organization has determined how materials can be processed in the product in a way that its value is preserved as much as possible. For example, the preparation of an environmental statement (LCA/EPD) and a system that ensures that products can be traced back.


The organization constantly measures the performance to improve the transition process. Internal audits are a good example of this.

The Circular Performance Ladder regulation, does not require organizations to meet all requirements at once. There are next to the entry level-0, four higher levels that can be achieved. This with the intention that the organization rises one step on the ladder every year, until level-4 is reached.