Environmental and sustainable accreditation schemes
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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 researchLink opens in a new window, 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 zeroLink opens in a new window.
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 reputationLink opens in a new window.
According to the British Business Bank report, 94% of small businesses have already taken at least one action to reduce emissionsLink opens in a new window.
Environmental standards such as ISO 14001 are created by independent standard organisations such as the International Organization for StandardizationLink opens in a new window.
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.
To help get you started, we've rounded up a sample of accreditation schemes:
- ISO 14001Link opens in a new window
- B CorpLink opens in a new window
- BRE GroupLink opens in a new window
- British Standards InstitutionLink opens in a new window
- Carbon TrustLink opens in a new window
- Investors in the EnvironmentLink opens in a new window
- Green TourismLink opens in a new window
- FairtradeLink opens in a new window
- Green MarkLink opens in a new window
- Green AccordLink opens in a new window
- Sustainability Accounting Standards BoardLink opens in a new window
- Planet Mark
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