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The introduction of remote auditing, driven through devices such as smartphones and tablets, has been a game-changer for the auditing world. Devices that facilitate e-signatures can help to collect and securely process data such as images, videos, GPS coordinates and even voice messages as electronic evidence of an audit, making the life of a typical on-site auditor much easier.

Here are just some of the benefits of remote auditing:

  • Save time through faster, automatic and value-added audits.

  • Simplify audits, enhancing the reliability of evidence-recording with mobile devices.

  • Increase corporate governance, business performance and operational efficiency through a robust and cost-effective method of audits and risk mitigation.

  • Increase business productivity by removing the need for manual spreadsheets and printed reports.

The main benefits of remote auditing are centred around cost flexibility. Auditors will incur fewer costs through every remote audit they conduct, such as travel expenses and billable hours. This is particularly advantageous in competitive environments and industries, where remote auditing provides the opportunity to share these savings with the company while maintaining profitability goals. On-site audits still hold value, albeit they will be conducted less regularly and will be much better organised, facilitating quicker collaborative resolutions.

USAS is at the forefront of the remote auditing revolution! Visit our homepage to learn more about what we do.

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Earth in a light bulb

As time goes by, consumers are becoming increasingly educated about the environment and the impact that human activity has on the Earth.

In 2014, a global survey showed that 55% of consumers are willing to pay higher prices for goods and services from businesses with environmentally-friendly business practices. By adopting eco-friendly practices, you will be enhancing your bottom line as well as the environment.

However, all of your efforts to go ‘green’ must be genuine if you want to advertise them. Consumers have the ability to penalise and punish organisations deemed to be misleading them with false claims of sustainability (known as ‘greenwashing’).

So, what can your business do to become more environmentally-friendly? Here are three simple steps to get the ball rolling:

  1. Go digital with your documents – Going digital means less paper. Paper makes up around 35% of the planet’s waste stream, so by using as little paper as possible, you can help to reduce this waste.

  2. Pull the plug – When the office is closed and everyone has gone home, switch off everything you possibly can before you leave. This includes computers, monitors, printers and other gadgets.

  3. Work with other green companies – With such a huge emphasis on eco-friendly practices, working with like-minded businesses is a great way to promote your own green efforts. Building a ‘green network’ to make your whole supply chain as environmentally-friendly as possible can go a long way.

READ MORE: What are we doing to help the environment?

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