National treasure David Attenborough delivered a truly heart-wrenching speech to the UN Security Council yesterday as he warned "it's already too late" to prevent the effects of climate change.
Attenborough went on to say that he doesn't envy the position that governments find themselves in because "we have left the stable and secure climatic period that gave birth to our civilisations".
He's calling for people to re-think their daily actions to help cut global emissions to "net zero". In order for us to achieve this, there needs to be a dramatic reduction in harmful gases and pollution being released into our atmosphere. So, we all need to take steps to live in more conscious, greener ways.
An eco-friendly certification option
Here at ISO Accelerator, we offer a remote ISO certification service that allows businesses to gain their certification while keeping emissions to a minimum.
Our service can be completed without anyone ever traveling to or from your business, meaning your certification with ISO Accelerator will have an overall lower impact on the environment than certifications provided by other (non-remote) assessment bodies.
We can help you develop a suitable management system, conduct an audit of this system, and award you your certificates remotely. Not only does this have some pretty considerable benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic, but it also has a positive impact on the environment. A real win-win!
Ready to start your ISO certification and help save the planet? Learn more about the certifications or get in touch today.
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As we move towards global accreditation, ISO Accelerator is proud to announce the launch of its global real-time ISO certificate authentication system Scan and See©.
Download the Countermark app and scan the code above to receive a copy of our USAS accreditation certificate!
The problem with traditional paper ISO certificates is that, once printed, they are static and hard to authenticate. You can always try to make contact with the certification company that issued the certificate - but in a global marketplace, this can be problematic, especially if you're trying to make a quick decision and there are time differences and/or language barriers in play.
To overcome this problem, ISO Accelerator has launched a global real-time ISO certificate authentication system called Scan and See©. This technology allocates a unique digital 'countermark' to an ISO certificate of registration. When the countermark is scanned using the Countermark app, the user is:
- Immediately informed of the validity of the certificate, and
- Automatically emailed a copy of the ISO certificate (if valid) from the certification body.
When presented with an ISO certificate, this system allows you to validate it against the most recent authorised certificate issued by the certification body - instantly!
What does this mean for ISO Accelerator customers?
Scan and See© allows for 100% real-time global authentication of ISO certificates or registration at any time, wherever you are, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
As this new system is rolled out, we will continue to temporarily issue certificate numbers; however, we are planning to phase these out on new certificates over the coming months. All existing ISO Accelerator customers will be issued with a certificate bearing a countermark after their next surveillance / recertification audit. There is no need for existing customers to contact us unless you would like to be issued with a replacement certificate bearing the countermark ahead of time.
We at ISO Accelerator are world leaders in using technology to simplify and perfect the process for independent ISO management system certification. If you would like to make savings on the cost of your ISO certification and join us on our journey to enable independent ISO certification in a safe, secure and environmentally friendly manner, please contact us today.
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More excitingly, if you would like to see how the countermark works, simply download the Countermark app from the App Store or Google Play and scan the countermark above.
At 11pm on 31 December 2020, the Brexit transition period ended and the UK officially completed its departure from the European Union.
It remains to be seen what opportunities and challenges this new era will bring our way, but here's one fairly safe prediction: now that Britain has distanced itself from the European single market, a closer trading relationship with the USA is all but guaranteed.
The UK and the USA have been firm allies for many years (much has been made of the 'special relationship' between the two countries), and while a new UK-US trade deal has yet to be agreed upon, British businesses should be prepared to work more closely with our friends on the other side of the Atlantic.
Get certified with a USA-accredited company
ISO Accelerator is a UK-based company that offers online ISO certification to businesses in virtually all industry sectors. We are accredited by USAS, who are headquartered in Florida, so getting certified through us will help to reassure your American clients that your business is reliable and trustworthy.
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During the first lockdown, many organisations found themselves saddled with expenses that had suddenly become unnecessary. Office buildings stood virtually empty as employees worked from home. Company vehicles sat stationary in car parks, unneeded.
Now England has been placed under lockdown again, and as before, business owners are stuck wasting money on superfluous overhead costs. Rent and utility payments for office space that's barely in use. Insurance premiums on vehicles that aren't being driven.
Here at ISO Accelerator, we don't charge our customers extra to cover these unnecessary overheads. We are an independent, forward-thinking certification company that uses Six Sigma and Lean Management Tools to provide independent ISO certification services in a safe, secure and environmentally-friendly manner.
What does this mean?
- All of our services are delivered remotely
- We eliminate activities that add no value, such as travel and idle time
- Our auditing process is consistent and repeatable
- We use technology to provide a world-class service
- We reduce pollution by removing the need for travel
- Our customers do not pay for inefficiencies
As a result, our customers are delighted with our services. From day one, ISO Accelerator was designed to operate remotely; this is how we have remained extremely competitive even during these uncertain times.
If you would like to save money on your independent ISO certification - or simply take advantage of our world-class services - please contact ISO Accelerator today.
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When you get ISO certified through ISO Accelerator, you must renew your certification once a year in order to maintain it. As of August 2020, the recertification fees start at £195 per year (although discounts are available if you're renewing two or more standards simultaneously).
We're pleased to announce that you can now spread the cost of your renewal over a 12-month period, splitting it into a series of small monthly payments instead of paying the whole sum in one go.
As part of our commitment to providing a reliable, high-quality certification service, we're pleased to announce that ISO Accelerator is now a member of the British Standards Institute (BSI).
Since ISO Accelerator started trading in 2018, we have been able to realise our mission of saving 100s of tonnes of CO2e a year by working remotely with our clients. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, we expect more companies to follow this business model; however, due to our rapid expansion, it has become apparent that from time to time there is a practical need for the use of a general office facility.
We have therefore taken a balanced decision to bring on board an 'as and when required' office facility to support our business. The flexible office facility will allow us to host meetings, hold training sessions and will become our new permanent postal address. This flexible approach means that there will be zero cost impact to our customers, and only essential business travel will be made to and from the office facility on a case-by-case basis.
Whether your business is in the process of reopening or you've continued operating throughout the COVID-19 crisis, it's important to comply with the UK government's guidance and best practices.
Our Infection Prevention and Control Management System is designed to help you do just that. Upon completion of implementation, we provide a rating certificate that you can display in the workplace to demonstrate your compliance with current coronavirus guidelines.
At the beginning of this year, you probably would have been hard-pressed to find a business owner who considered infection control a priority.
Now, thanks to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, the question of infection prevention and control is virtually inescapable. Many bosses are anxiously wondering what measures they will need to implement in order to safely return their staff to work - for example, 'hot desking' may no longer be an option, and individuals will ideally need to be kept at least 2 metres apart at all times.
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has come as a wake-up call to organisations all over the world. Business owners aren't just striving to weather the current storm - they're also looking for ways to be better prepared should something like this happen again.