Green certification: more than just a badge

Organisations with a strong internal commitment to improving performance can gain real value from certification to green standards

ENDS’ survey found certified standards add value, but much depends on how they are used (picture: Cultura Creative/Alamy)Figure 1: Organisations certified to selected environmental management standardsThe popularity of environmental management systems (EMSs) and other certified standards is increasing year on year. Some 16,000 UK organisations are certified to ISO 14001 alone, making it far and away the most successful voluntary environmental initiative (see figure 1).

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