RWS (The Responsible Wool Standard)
The Responsible Wool Standard (RWS) provides an opportunity for farmers to demonstrate their best practices to the public, and a means for brands and consumers to have the certainty that the wool products they buy and sell are in line with their values.
The RWS is a voluntary global standard that addresses the welfare of sheep and of the land they graze on. The RWS provides verification of the practices that are happening at farm level, giving brands a clear solution that will allow them to make claims about their wool sourcing with confidence. The standard was developed by an international working group through an open and transparent process.
How you benefit
The RWS provides verification of the practices that are happening at farm level, giving brands a clear solution that will allow them to make claims about their wool sourcing with confidence.
The RWS is intended to be used by farmers involved in the production of wool from sheep and companies buying and selling products intended to contain RWS certified wool.
The certification is applicable at all levels of the supply chain to organizations active in cultivation, production, processing, storage, distribution, logistics and/or trade. Products falling within the scope should comprise of one or more agricultural products, regardless of their purpose.
The Non-GMO Production Standard
The standard ensures no genetically engineered ingredients are used in the production of the end product. The standard aims to verify this by putting forth a list of requirements that leads to a strong system of internal and external verifications at the facilities that produce/process the (end-)product. The Management System (MS) shall have a documented sampling plan that is based on the MS and the associated risk assessment. Laboratories performing tests to assess the genetically engineered material content of a sample, shall be certified with ISO 17025 for the specific activity of genetically engineered material testing. Companies in compliance with the NGPS may communicate the claim ‘Certified Non-GMO Production’ on the product label with reference to the NGPS. To the approved organic standards belong EU organic, NPOP, USDA organic and IFOAM based organic standards.
Benefits of Certification
IG certifies companies all over the world and offers a wide range of certification programmes, some of which can be linked to organic certifications. Our global network of offices allows us to make certification more efficient and cost effective, whilst upholding the same stringent professional auditing and certification procedures. Through third-party verification, we motivate your (quality) claim independently towards your clients. Furthermore, traceability and contamination risks can be managed better by certifying your management system and/or your product. With 200+ certification programs, we are able to conduct combination audits saving time and expenses for our customers.
- The market for non-GMO products is surging 17% annually and expected to reach 1.1 billion USD by 2023, according to industry analyst
- Increased opportunities for market share and market differentiation
- Ability to meet consumer and retailer demand for non-GMO labeling
- Access to global non-GMO markets
- Comprehensive risk management
- Compliance with emerging retail, industry and government requirements
Through certification, producers demonstrate their adherence to GLOBALG.A.P. standards. For consumers and retailers, the GLOBALG.A.P. certificate is reassurance that food reaches accepted levels of safety and quality, and has been produced sustainably, respecting the health, safety and welfare of workers, the environment, and in consideration of animal welfare issues.
Without such reassurance, farmers may be denied access to markets.
GLOBALG.A.P. is becoming a compulsory standard as most retailers now require it as evidence of good agricultural/fish farming practices. Producers of crops and farmers raising animals or fish to produce food for human consumption need GLOBALG.A.P. certification. Without it, their products cannot be stocked by those retailers. Increasingly, exporters to Europe and other markets areas (Asia and America) also need to comply with the production standards determined by the GLOBALG.A.P. certification scheme.
ISO 14001:2015 was published on 15th Sept, 2015. The standard sets out the criteria for an environmental management system. It maps out a framework that a company or organization can follow to set up an effective environmental management system. It can be used by any organization, large or small, regardless of its field of activity including manufacturing, services, institutions, health or any other sector.
Using ISO 14001:2015 can provide assurance to company management and employees as well as external stakeholders that environmental impact is being measured and improved.There are more than 300,000 certifications to ISO 14001 in 171 countries around the world.
Using ISO 14001 helps in Demonstrating compliance with current and future statutory and regulatory requirements, increased leadership involvement and engagement of employees, improvement in company reputation and the confidence of stakeholders, achieving strategic business aims by incorporating environmental issues into business management, providing a competitive and financial advantage through improved efficiencies and reduced costs, encouraging better environmental performance of suppliers by integrating them into the organization’s business systems.
ISO 45001 formulates requirements for comprehensive, modern occupational health and safety. Replacing the previously, widely-used OHSAS 18001 standard, ISO 45001:2018 has been in force since March 2018 and is the only international and independent standard for operational health and safety management systems. Our experts certify your occupational health and safety management system according to ISO 45001 and consider all aspects of occupational safety – both those related to operational processes as well as those arising from work-related stress that can trigger mental illness.
The benefits you get from the certification
- Continuous improvements to protect the health and safety of your employees.
- Prevention of unsafe behaviors that can lead to accidents at work.
- Reduction of accidental downtimes in the supply chain and in supplier management.
- Reliable management of risks and opportunities related to occupational health and safety.
- Standardized health and safety requirements for managers, employees and service providers taking into account their respective working environments and conditions.
- Similar structure to the international standards ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.
- Easy implementation in operational practice as part of an integrated management system.
- Development of a company policy for the more efficient use of energy
- Determination of characteristic values
- Data analysis of energy consumption in all major consumption areas
- Measurement of results
- Continuous monitoring of measures
- Competitive advantages through higher efficiency and lower energy costs
- Higher economic efficiency due to lower energy consumption
- Detailed breakdown of energy consumption in the company
- Identification of potential savings in the energy sector
- Reduction of CO2 emissions
- Conformity with energy policy
- Systematic improvement of processes
- Stronger awareness of energy efficiency among employees and management
ISO 22301 is an international framework that has been developed to help businesses identify potential threats to critical business functions and design a business continuity management plan. The standard helps companies build effective backup systems and processes to safeguard against theft, natural disasters, disease outbreaks, terrorist attacks and other extraordinary incidents. ISO 22301 specifies the requirements to plan, implement, monitor, review and improve a company’s business continuity management system, thereby minimising the impact of disruptions.
WHY IS ISO 22301 BUSINESS CONTINUITY CERTIFICATION IMPORTANT?
ISO 22301 certification provides formal business continuity guidelines that will keep your organisation operational during and following a disruption. It seeks to minimise the impact to critical business functions, ensuring they are still capable of being delivered or recovered promptly. The ISO 22301 standard is applicable for companies of all sizes across any industry, particularly those operating in high risk or complex environments where the ability to function without delay is of paramount importance. ISO 22301 business continuity certification also helps you avoid loss of revenue and customers should a major problem occur.
ISO 26000 is an international standard providing guidelines for social responsibility in business and other organizations. It aims to improve the conditions for workers, the natural environment and the health and welfare of society. Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a vital part of business today. Organizations and stakeholders around the world are becoming increasingly aware of the need for and benefits of socially responsible behavior. By acting in a socially responsible way, a company gains recognition as a credible and equitable employer and business partner.
IG can support you in understanding the purpose of ISO 26000 and how you can improve the sustainable development of your company. Our experts provide ISO 26000 verification, gap assessment, training in social responsibility and translate the key principles of ISO 26000 into effective actions. Furthermore, we inform you of best practices relating to socially responsible behavior.
Benefits of ISO 26000 Services
- Contribute to sustainable development, including the health and welfare of society.
- Develop a consistent and thought-through social responsibility strategy tailored to your needs thanks to our professionally trained Certified Sustainability Assurance Practitioner (CSAP) and multi-disciplinary team.
- Ensure compliance with applicable laws and international norms of behavior.
- Gain verification of your social responsibility actions compliance.
- ISO 26000 training to better understand the corporate social esponsibility guidelines.
- Gap assessment, evaluating social responsibility principles, fundamental practices and core subjects.
- Strategy development to attain conformance with ISO 26000 guidelines.
- Verification of compliance, in the form of a detailed report rather than a certificate, as the ISO 26000 standard is non-certifiable.
Implementing an information security management system will provide your organization with a system that will help to eliminate or minimize the risk of a security breach that could have legal or business continuity implications.
An effective ISO 27001 information security management system (ISMS) provides a management framework of polices and procedures that will keep your information secure, whatever the format. Following a series of high profile cases, it has proven to be very damaging to an organization if information gets into the wrong hands or into the public domain.
By establishing and maintaining a documented system of controls and management, risks can be identified and reduced.
Achieving ISO 27001 certification shows that a business has:
- Protected information from getting into unauthorized hands
- Ensured information is accurate and can only be modified by authorized users
- Assessed the risks and mitigated the impact of a breach
- Been independently assessed to an international standard based on industry best practices
- Increased reliability and security of systems and information
- Improved customer and business partner confidence
- Increased business resilience
- Alignment with customer requirements
- Improved management processes and integration with corporate risk strategies