Sustainability for management systems

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and spotting
opportunities»

Well-prepared for the future

With SQS, you have tomorrow's challenges under control – today.

«Sustainability» is undoubtedly a key concept at the beginning of this new millennium. But there is not always agreement about what it means. But the definition of sustainable development provided by the Brundtland Commission of the United Nations in 1987 provides helpful insight:
«Sustainable development means that the current generation must be able to meet its needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.»
Central themes of sustainability are,

  • the conservation of nature and the environment for future generations (ecological sustainability),
  • an economic system which offers a stable basis for earning and wealth (economic sustainability) and
  • the development of a viable society with social participation and social equity (social sustainability).

Stewardship for man and the environment

In the services offered by SQS there are a wide range of products available for strengthening corporate sustainability. These include in particular the basic instrument for a successful environmental management ISO 14001  as well as the standard OHSAS 18001 for occupational health and safety. Additional products in the scope of sustainability are certifications of energy management systems in accordance with ISO 50001, the international IQNet certificate SR 10 (social responsibility management) as well as the labels FSC (certification of wood and paper-manufacturing companies) and naturemade (certification of energy from renewable sources).

Communicate responsibly

More and more businesses and organisations publicly report on their sustainability performance and efforts in this regard, in accordance with the reporting guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). With such a sustainability report the progress achieved in the fields of economy, ecology and social responsibility are described and also which further development by the business is sought for is set out. SQS validates such reports and thus increases their significance.