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Carbon emissions are a hot topic these days, with the likes of Greta Thunberg and Extinction Rebellion grabbing headlines seemingly every week.

However, beneath all the sensationalism lies a very clear message: pollution and climate change are very real issues that the world needs to address.

But why wait to take action? As Benjamin Franklin once said, don't put off till tomorrow what you can do today.


Tips for Reducing Your Company's Carbon Footprint

Reducing your carbon footprint doesn't necessarily mean you need to live off the grid in a self-sustainable cabin in the woods. It can be as easy as making a few small changes around the office.

Ready to get on the road to a greener workplace? Here are 3 great tips for businesses looking to shrink their carbon footprint into a baby step.

1. Go Digital

Perhaps the most obvious suggestion on this list, the first port of call for any business looking to reduce their carbon footprint should be to ditch paper and other physical mediums in favour of digital communications.

Giving up hard copies and focusing on digital documents can reduce waste dramatically, eliminating mounds of paper office-wide and saving space in the process.

For example, if you're seeking ISO 9001 certification for your business, you can reduce waste by working with a digital certification body instead of going the traditional route. Digital certification means fewer auditors on the road and less CO2 in our planet's atmosphere.

2. Recycle Waste

Whether your business is big, small or somewhere in between, your company can and will produce a variety of waste.

Introducing recycling points into the workplace is a logical step to help minimise any office waste that's created throughout the working day.

Meanwhile, even office appliances and hardware can be recycled when they come to the end of their working life, so think twice before you send that old photocopier or PC to the tip.

3. Video Conferencing

Thanks to modern technology, communication has come on light-years over the last two decades, meaning that travel is becoming increasingly unnecessary.

Where possible, it may be worth scheduling a video conference call instead of a face-to-face meeting, particularly if the latter requires lengthy travel.

Not only will it save considerable amount of time and fuel, it will also save your business money in the process. If that isn't incentive enough to go green, we don't know what is!

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Why choose a USAS-accredited certification company?

If you’re considering ISO certification for your business, your company is in safe hands with a USAS-accredited certification company.

Here at USAS, we pride ourselves on our commitment to continuous improvement and the pursuit of excellence.

As a result, you can rest assured that any company that has attained USAS accreditation is a worthy guide for your own digital ISO certification journey.


USAS-Accredited Certfication

USAS is a world leader in independent third-party accreditation and a founding member of the IAFDC (International Accreditation For Digital Certification).

If there’s one thing we know better than anything else, it’s digital certification. In fact, our accreditation services have been specifically designed for certification companies who are looking to offer just that.


USAS Affiliates

Here at USAS, we provide support and guidance for organisations offering certification services.

In order to achieve this, we set well-defined standards to uphold the technical competence and integrity of our accredited organisations, ensuring that all USAS-accredited organisations offering certification are fit to fly the USAS flag.

While we do have USAS affiliates across the globe, we have only provided accreditation to a small number of certification companies in each country, in order to maintain high standards across the board.

With such stringent policies and criteria in place, if you see the USAS logo, you know you're dealing with a company that knows its stuff.

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Long road ahead

There are a variety of benefits to achieving ISO accreditation, from boosting operational efficiency to enhancing your company's reputation.

However, despite these perks, many business owners who consider seeking ISO certification are put off by the associated drawbacks involved in the accreditation process: namely the time, money and hassle that comes with it.

Luckily, there is an easier way and it comes in the form of digital certification.

When done remotely using an USAS-accredited body, the whole ISO certification process goes from pulling teeth to sitting pretty in the time it takes to sign up.

Don’t believe us? Read on to find out more…


Benefits of Remote ISO Certification

One of the main turn-offs for businesses considering ISO certification is the fact that the process takes up a lot of time. Worse still, it also involves numerous staff members as well as site visits and additional paperwork.

While traditional ISO certification may be a laborious task, the digital route can be surprisingly straightforward.

With online accreditation from a USAS-accredited body, the cons of ISO certification are instantly vaporised into digital dust.

Online communication and fast-track results are two key selling points. Digital accreditation can be done online and completed at a time that suits you.

There’s no need to down tools and focus on 100% on your ISO certification; you can simply schedule the tasks around your existing timetable and prioritise accordingly.

In addition to the practical benefits, online ISO certification is also cheaper than conducting the process in person, requiring far fewer physical resources as well.

Meanwhile, the reduction in travel and paperwork also helps to reduce your carbon footprint, providing a responsible solution that benefits all.

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Arrow pointing the way

At USAS, our pioneering accreditation services have been specifically formulated to cater for companies looking to offer digital certification.

However, as Coco Chanel once said, if you want to be original, prepare to be copied…


Setting a Trend

While the world of accreditation certification may not be fashionable, our online approach to accreditation is certainly a trendy topic within the industry.

Like any game-changing innovation, our revolutionary digital approach to accreditation has spurred on others to throw their hat into the ring.

As a result, online accreditation has been picked up by a number of our industry contemporaries, spawning countless copycat programmes and carbon copy services.

Even our ground-breaking use of QR codes for digital verification of accreditation certificates is now being adopted as a means of improving services industry-wide.

Nevertheless, as the old saying goes, imitation is indeed the sincerest form of flattery and further proof that the minds at work here at USAS are consistently one step ahead of the curve.


Blazing a Trail

While the digital accreditation pool may be getting more and more crowded, it's important to remember two things: an original is always worth more than a copy and, while any accreditor can be next in line, there can be only one first.

As a founding member of the IAFDC (International Accreditation for Digital Certification), we take great pride in being a trendsetter in the industry and continue to lead the way in online accreditation services.

We have long been at the forefront of accreditation innovation and continue to push the boundaries of digital technology to provide the best online service imaginable. Best of all, not only has this benefitted the accreditation industry, it's also had a positive impact on the environment.


Going Green

In addition to providing the public with a simpler, more accessible route to accreditation, our continued efforts to build upon our pioneering digital approach has had a significant impact on the environment as well.

By eliminating the need for auditors to travel to and from sites during the accreditation process, our online approach actively contributes to energy saving and carbon footprint reduction.

In fact, by taking 25 auditors off the road, we estimate that USAS has reduced the carbon footprint of certification bodies by 185 metric tonnes of CO2 emissions per annum.

Meanwhile, the fact that our digital accreditation method has been picked up by other companies further extends the reach of this greener approach, taking more auditors off the road and thus reducing even more CO2 emissions as a result.


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