Responsibility for the environment

ISO 14001 and more: environmental credentials for forward-looking enterprises.

Who would actually claim to be against environmental protection? No prizes for guessing the answer at a time when everybody professes to be a good steward of the planet's resources. But do we live by our claims? How do we distinguish hollow words from sincere commitment? How do we arrive at a place where the conservation of the environment is higher up on the corporate agenda - not merely an item on the «nice-to-have» list in good times but a firm fixture on the must-have list - and where it is part and parcel of a corporate culture which is geared to sustainable success?

Certification in stages

SQS has a broad range of mechanisms and products forming a bedrock on which to base environmental protection principles in companies and organisations and on which to make a convincing case when it comes to demonstrating the relevant commitment to consumers, customers, business partners, investors and legislators. The classic baseline is the certification of environmental management systems as conforming to ISO 14001. The certificate enjoys international recognition and is applicable to companies of all sizes working in all sectors. It heightens their visibility, raises their profile and plays a central role in the cultivation of image and identity.

Measurable benefits

Whether dealing with the certification of electricity from renewable sources of energy (naturemade basic/naturemade star), the evaluation of environmental reports and sustainability assessments, or with the validation and verification of Joint Implementation or Clean Development Mechanism projects for greenhouse gas reduction, SQS has a unique and professional cross-sector knowledge of the subject of environmental protection and international expertise for successful certification processes in respect of the required quality labels. In addition to the benefits in terms of projecting a certain image, there are quite specific advantages to demonstrating a committed and effective approach to environmental issues. For example, it can make it easier to win public contracts (EcoEntreprise). Or it might help to rationalise costs in an enterprise - perhaps by way of the management systems designed to improve energy efficiency (ISO 50001). Environmental commitment has many facets - and SQS has the specialists to help your company put the necessary systems in place.