Sustainability Standards and standards that contribute to sustainability have been developed by the International Standards Organisation. These include ISO 20400, Sustainable procurement – Guidance, ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety, ISO 14001 Environmental Management, ISO 22000 Food Safety, and ISO 50001 Energy Management System. These focus on management systems for companies and are based on the standards model Annex SL. This was described in an earlier Blog, as well as how Annex SL can be applied to sustainability and the UN Sustainability Goals.
In addition, there are other standards focused specifically on sustainability and recognising an organisation or an individual as contributing to sustainable development. Certifications include the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), Positive Luxury, STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEXÒ, Rainforest Alliance Certified, and Leaping Bunny. These are standards that apply to specific industries or markets and apply focused requirements as appropriate. Other more generally applicable standards include 1% for the Planet, Certified B Corporation, and the Green Business Bureau.
Antaris is certified to 1% for the Planet, which requires the company to donate 1% of its annual turnover to sustainability causes approved by the organisation. This means that the commercial activities of the company are linked to sustainability, even if we are not making a profit. We involve employees in the decision on where the donations go.
Antaris can assist you in your company’s journey to a more sustainable future. Whether you opt to join an existing standard or to develop your own, we have the capability and the enthusiasm to help you on the way and operationalise your commitment.
References and definitions
GRI (Global Reporting Initiative and GRI Organisation) is an independent, international organization that helps businesses and other organizations take responsibility for their impacts, by providing them with a global common language to communicate those impacts.
UN Sustainable Development Goals: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development include the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These are the basis for a programme to end poverty, improve health and education, reduce inequality, and promote economic growth while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.
1% for the Planet: https://onepercentfortheplanet.org/en/about
Green Business Bureau – https://greenbusinessbureau.com/
Certified B Corporation – https://www.bcorporation.net/en-us/