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BM TRADA’s Lee Horlock discusses how we can support organizations in meeting Sustainable Development Goals.

 

In recent months, there has been much discussion about climate change, prompted by the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in October/November.

 

Established by the United Nations (UN), the UNFCCC aimed to reduce greenhouse gases to prevent dangerous climate change caused by human activity.

 

Climate change features heavily in another UN initiative – Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which focuses on challenges ranging from clean energy access to poverty reduction and responsible consumption.

 

The 17 inter-linked SDGs make up the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the UN’s blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet.

 

While progress has been slowed – in part by the pandemic – organizations, have a crucial role in achieving these goals, whether in their CSR targets or to meet legislation.

 

ISO standards can make a real difference for organizations looking to play their part in meeting these goals. Being certified to management systems such as an ISO standard offers numerous benefits for businesses and is an excellent way for an organization to demonstrate fulfilment with legislation.

 

Key areas that can be ISO certified and feature in the SDGs include: 

  • Health and safety
  • Environmental credentials
  • Energy efficiency
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Economic growth and innovation. 

We can also certify the chain of custody through other certification schemes for materials, including aluminium and timber.

Why Choose BM TRADA?

BM TRADA has a wealth of experience providing certification services to a range of customers. 

 

To talk to a certification expert, please email us on - cert.admin@bmtrada.com

 

You can also click here for information on our training services and here to access the Bookshop, where you will find a list of certification standards and guidebooks.

 

AT BM TRADA, we can support organizations in meeting Sustainable Development Goals with the following standards:

 

Goal 3: Good health and wellbeing:

One way for organizations to ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all is through occupational health and safety.

 

ISO 45001:2018 provides a framework to improve employee safety, reduce workplace risks and enable organizations to create better, safer working environments.

 

Businesses are not required by law to implement ISO 45001, but it helps to demonstrate compliance with relevant health and safety laws.

 

Goal 7: Affordable and clean energy:

ISO has more than 200 standards related to energy efficiency and renewables, but ISO 50001helps organizations use energy more efficiently through the development and implementation of an energy management system. 

 

This will reduce energy consumption whilst also reducing carbon emissions and meeting government reduction targets.

 

Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth:

This goal aims to promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all. 

 

International standards promote economic growth by setting a series of internationally agreed specifications that can be applied when developing regulation and acting as essential tools for reducing barriers to international trade.

 

Many specific standards promote decent work, but ISO 45001 is particularly relevant here. It is designed to help organizations worldwide protect the health and safety of the people who work for them.

 

Goal 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure:

Certification and ISO International standards support sustainable industrialization through an agreed specification that meets quality, safety, and sustainability requirements, giving investors and consumers internationally confidence. 

 

These standards also provide a universal language to break down technical barriers to international trade.

 

Standards such as ISO 44001 collaborative business relationships certification facilitate business practices and relationships by providing a common platform to maximize the benefits of collaborative working. ISO 44001 is the first international standard in the world to address collaborative business relationships, which have been shown to enhance competitiveness and performance in areas such as cost management, resource efficiencies, risk management and innovation.

 

Goal 13: Climate action:

Many ISO standards play a vital role in the climate agenda - from measuring greenhouse gas emissions to promoting good practice in environmental management.

 

The ISO 14000 family of standards for environmental management systems is the most notable example, including one of ISO’s most widely used standards, ISO 14001 Environmental management systems. ISO 14001 provides organizations with a framework to protect the environment and respond to changing environmental conditions in balance with socio-economic needs.

 

Goal 15: Life on land:

This goal aims to ‘protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss’. 

 

While not an ISO standard, at BM TRADA, we offer multiple chain of custody certification schemes for timber and aluminium, through Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certification, and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) for timber-based products, and the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) for aluminium.

 

FSC and PEFC certification ensures that timber or timber products originate from responsibly managed forests. In contrast, ASI certification verifies that aluminium is produced and processed through the value chain into diverse downstream sectors.