How to get a environmental certification?

Environment footprint

In order to expand their operations and expand globally, the need to have an environment certification has increased. This ensures that the company is compliant with environmental regulations and is saving the environment.

Environmental management systems are a way to measure and reduce the impact of a company on the environment. ISO14001 is a standard set of requirements for environmental management systems, which have been developed by the International Organization for Standardization. To get certified, companies have to plan, implement and monitor their environmental programs.

The ISO14001 standard is a well recognized worldwide environmental management system that provides a systematic approach for companies around the world to minimize their environmental footprint by measuring and improving their performance in four key areas:

  • Environmental policy
  • Management systems
  • Performance measurement
  • Internal auditing

There are many potential benefits from getting a environmental certification: it helps to reduce energy consumption from factories and offices, enables companies to achieve goals set out in their sustainability strategy, encourages staff to take environmental considerations into account when making decisions.

Getting environmental certification is a key step in minimizing your environmental footprint.

Many countries and jurisdictions have implemented laws that require organizations to follow the necessities of ISO14001 or similar certification. They want to make sure that businesses are not doing damage to the environment and putting human lives at risk. Companies and organizations will need to document their efforts and provide proof if they want to maintain compliance with their standards.

The environmental certification is normally made in 1+4 steps:

  1. Decide at management level that you will make the certification and add necessary funds for doing it. (This is of great importance, to many start a certification, but don´t finish it due to lack of descicion and funding!)
  2. Analyze and document the business activities today to see where you are affecting the environment 
  3. Improve where your business lacks of procedures and documentation.
  4. Get a certification of the full environmental procedures and documentations.
  5. Review, update and improve your procedures and documentation ongoing, add this to your daily meeting schedules.

QCERT offers a cost effective environmental certification, especially aimed at startups and service SME´s that need a environmental certification to increase their business and minimize the environmental footprint.

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Do we need a quality certification?

Quality certification also for small businesses

Many believe that a quality certification is only for large factories or manufacturing companies. Having ISO 9001 certification can help small businesses to substantial to grow their market.

Whether it’s a factory, an office, or a small business, quality certification can be of use. The reason for this is that having an ISO 9001 certificate means the company is taking the necessary steps to ensure its customers are getting the best service possible.

Quality certification is a process that assures customers that the products they are buying are of the highest quality. The certification also ensures that there is a system in place to ensure consistent quality. It also minimize the quality issues that normally involves alot of headache, worries and costs. It also can lead to loss of customers and badwill in form of a bad reputation.

Quality certifications can be some form of ISO9001 or similar quality certification, which establishes and maintains a system for the manufacture of goods and services to ensure customer satisfaction with regards to: effectiveness, performance, reliability and maintainability of products; transferability or reproducibility; and safety/environmental aspects.

A great quality system, will ensure growth and profits!

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Is a ISO9001 quality certification worth the money?

Is ISO9001 worth the money?

The ISO 9001 standard helps organizations to establish, document and maintain a quality management system. The key points of this standard are to provide the organization with the ability to create an effective quality management system. No matter what your company does, there are always some benefits to meeting the ISO9001 standards. There are also many different companies that invest in meeting these standards.

The ISO9001 standard is a set of requirements that ensure the customer will receive a high-quality product or service. This standard is typically most useful for manufacturing and other trade industries. The ISO 9001 certification is expensive because it requires time and effort to earn it. These two factors also make it difficult for organizations to know if they can get their money’s worth from this certification.

There are a lot of factors that determine if a company will be able to recoup their investment in applying for ISO 9001 certification, such as the size of the company, the size of their customer base and how quickly they can show an improvement in their quality management system.

The cost of an ISO 9001 certification can vary depending on the size of a company, but it can range from $10 000 to over $50,000. However, that isn’t the only expenses that come with registration as there’s also fees for auditors and other third-party services as well as additional training for employees. The total cost of an ISO 9001 certification can vary from tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands.

The solution is actually to calculate the costs of a ISO9001 certification and estimate the financial benefits and as soon as there is a profit, it´s a good investment!

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Does a cheap ISO9001 alternative exist?

A blog to explore whether it is possible to have a cheap quality certification.

Cost for ISO9001 certification

This is a question that many manufacturers and their certification bodies are asking when considering the cost of gaining quality control certification. The answer is no, there is no ISO9001 certification that is cheap. Every ISO9001 certificate will cost a company a good amount of money. Even if a company buys a certificate from a third-party, they will still have to pay for that service. So, the only way to have a cheap ISO9001 certification is to not have one at all.

Are there cheaper ISO9001 alternatives?

There are some third-party validation service that allows companies to self-certify their own quality management systems. With the evidence provided by their own documentation, companies can attest to follow the certification aquired.

Some of these certifications are branch adapted certification system, for example within the construction sector, where a large ISO9001 certification program is to expensive for smaller construction companies, leading to that only very large and also expensive construction companies will get construction contracts. This results in a unfair market competition and higher construction costs.

Thats why some construction organisations and unions, have set special certification requirement programs, to make it easier for smaller construction companies, to bid on larger contracts, but still keep a high quality level.

QCERT is another of these adapted certification programs, aimed for startups and service SME´s, that need a certification as proof of quality work to increase business success, ensure customers, staff, partners and investors that quality is a high priority as well to be able to participate in procurements for aquiring larger contracts.

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