Environmental and sustainable accreditation schemes

Demonstrating your business's green credentials can be enhanced by undergoing more formal accreditation.

This is a process where an independent organisation assesses your business against a recognised standard, such as ISO 14001 for environmental management or Carbon Trust accreditation schemes.

According to British Business Bank research (PDF, 210 KB), smaller businesses are estimated to account for half of all UK's business-driven emissions.

As such, undertaking the steps required to achieve an internationally recognised certification could be a valuable path to net zero.

From reducing carbon and greenhouse gas emissions to implementing an effective waste management system, environmental certification schemes can deliver operational efficiency, lower costs, and boost your business's reputation (PDF, 581 KB).

According to the British Business Bank report, 94% of small businesses have already taken at least one action to reduce emissions.

Environmental standards such as ISO 14001 are created by independent standard organisations such as the International Organization for Standardization.

Third-party organisations such as the British Standards Institution (BSI) and the British Assessment Bureau offer certification services designed to help you implement an environmental management system and comply with ISO 14001 standards.

There are many environmental and Sustainability standards to investigate, and it's worth comparing different standards to choose the right one for your organisation.

Further resources

To help get you started, we've rounded up a sample of accreditation schemes:

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