Eco+ - Business Certification

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Businesses that take a smart, forward thinking approach to marketing use a combined strategy of focusing on primary benefits of the product, i.e. how the product can benefit the customer personally in conjunction with an environmental declaration, but until recently there was no consistent recognisable and trusted customer logo which is why the Ecocert Certification was developed.

 

The Ecocert Certification provides businesses with an instantly recognisable international logo that customers can identify with.  The unique and distinguishable logo demonstrates that the business has a culture of environmental protection built into their operating policies and procedures.  A business achieves Certification via a self-assessment quality assurance program that is easy to complete and comprehensively covers all of the important areas.  Through self-assessment your business can benchmark its current position and implement a change programme for saving money along with environmental improvement. As you implement change you can resubmit a new self-assessment in order to upgrade your certification standard - you can do this free of charge as often as you wish.  

The Ecocert Certification in conjunction with the Ecocert Awards Programme along with our various business services provides businesses with the opportunity to serve more customers, improve staff retention, grow their business and access a range of business services at special membership rates. 

Please complete your self-assessment via the application form below.

For Business

We certify

organisations whose culture has environmental protection at their heart.

For Customers

Our certification is a sign to customers that they can trust the ethical nature of the organisation they are dealing with.

For All

Business, customers and woodland organisations working together to save the planet one day at a time.

Transparency

Profits from Certification Fees are used for forestry expansion and the reduction of greenhouse gases.

Certification Fees (per month ex VAT)

Number of employees

≤10

11 - 30

31 - 50

51 - 100

101 - 250

251 - 500

501 - 1000

1000 +

£10

£20

£30

£50

£65

£80

£120

£150

Features & Benefits of Certification

As a member of the Certification Scheme, a business benefits from:

 

  • A 25% saving on all car leasing.

  • A personal account manager for all of our services.

  • Reduced fees on business finance applications.

  • Smart energy saving information that can help the business make some real changes that enable it to reduce overhead costs and save the business money.

  • Improved employee engagement and increased morale. This can translate into improved productivity and fewer sick days.

  • Helping to recruit new talent by attracting quality employees that support sustainability.

  • Having employees engaged in environmental protection thus making it easier for the business to achieve its corporate environmental goals.

  • A certification that helps to promote the business and appeal to like-minded customers that will want to support the business.

  • Unlimited use of the Ecocert logo and Certification Rating on their marketing material (including email) thus highlighting to customers and other businesses the ethical culture of the organisation.

  • Periodic updates from Ecocert that the business can use on its website and marketing material in order to promote to customers its own green activity and credentials.

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  • Stand out from the competition.

  • Improve your reputation.

  • Grow your revenue and profits.

Ecocert Self-Assessment Application

Culture

Do you actively consider consumer preferences and how they view your green credentials?

Do you actively consider the customer and financial benefits

of running an environmentally friendly business?

Increasingly, consumers want to deal with businesses that have eco-friendly practices. For many, this is a deciding factor as they make choices on how to spend their money. Consumers are willing to pay more for products and services from companies with a strong social and environmental commitment. Understanding consumer preferences can give your business a substantial lift and advertise it as much as possible on your website, product literature and social media platforms.
Promoting your business credentials on environmental protection will enhance your business reputation. You will appeal to like-minded customers; people who care about the environment tend to want to support other people and businesses that do the same and this will have a positive impact on your revenue and profit.

Have you actively considered that you can attract better talent & more highly motivated staff if the business is eco-friendly?

Have you actively considered the health benefits for employees by running an eco-friendly business?

​Seek employees who are motivated to promote your values and find even more ways to be environmentally friendly. Businesses with highly-engaged employees who care about the company’s mission often have an easier time attracting new talent who will be motivated by similar values thus making it easier to achieve corporate environmental goals.
Businesses benefit from healthy employees. If your business has access to a cafeteria or various snacks, adding healthy food options that are “greener” in production will also have positive health effects. Studies show that aside from the personal benefits of healthier employees, it also means fewer sick days and improved productivity.

Energy Use

Is motion sensitive lighting installed?

Are energy saving lightbulbs used?

Do you have an HVAC management policy and is it rigorously managed?

Do you produce your own energy?

Are staff required to switch off computers overnight?

Do you have instant boiling water on tap?

Do you update your technology on a periodic basis?

Do you have energy conservation posters prominently displayed?

Do you conducted regular energy audits?

Do you have a programme for the procurement of energy efficient office equipment?

Are the thermostats programmed for energy saving?

Are you aware of phantom energy and how to prevent it?

Can you control your landscaping?

Are staff actively engaged in energy saving practices?

Do you have a programme for actively looking to eliminate heating /cooling loss?

Do you avoid over-sizing when replacing equipment?

Motion sensitive lights will turn off automatically when rooms are not in use this will save the business money and reduce energy consumption.
Energy efficient bulbs will cut energy usage and save money – they use up to 80% less energy than standard bulbs and they don’t need to be replaced as often either, so you could keep your maintenance bills down.
You may not need heating or air conditioning during mild spring or autumn days. Switch off heating when the temperature reaches 21°C. Air conditioning is not really needed until the temperature exceeds 23-24°C.If you do need air conditioning, help it stay efficient by keeping doors and windows shut. Usually, you can also switch air conditioning off over night.Keep in mind the age of your equipment, as well. Today’s air conditioners use 30 percent less energy to produce the same amount of cooling as those made in the mid-1970s. Even with an air conditioner just 10 years old, you could save 20 percent in cooling costs if it’s replaced with a newer, more efficient model.
Producing your own energy can help keep bills down and cut your business’s carbon footprint. Solar photovoltaic panels – which need only daylight, not sunlight to generate electricity – work on buildings of all sizes.
By turning off a single monitor when not in use could save your organisation up to £35 a year on the electricity bill.
If staff are using a kettle be careful how much water they are heating up. If we all only boiled the water we needed for a cup of tea, we’d save enough electricity a year to power the UK’s street lights for a month.
Old and out of date models of computers, fridges and even boilers tend to use more energy than newer energy efficient models. Update to energy efficient products wherever possible.
These are good to remind employees of the energy saving measures the business supports, put up posters to prompt them.
Take regular meter readings in order to keep track of your energy consumption, that way you will know what processes use the most energy and will be able to identify areas where savings could be made. An energy audit can help determine your baseline energy use and offer a clear outline for ways to save energy at work.
Equipment can use significant amounts of energy, so before you buy or lease office electronics, check to see if they have been evaluated and deemed energy efficient.  Getting the right equipment can save you money and help you manage your business energy costs.
You don’t need to heat or cool a workplace after everyone has gone home for the night. Using programmable or smart thermostats to manage the temperature during “off” hours can save you money on your energy costs.
Phantom energy is the energy that is still being used by equipment that remains plugged in but not in use.  A great office energy-saving tip is to have your computer peripherals (printers, monitors, etc) connected to power strips (surge protectors) so that with the flip of a single switch staff can shut down several devices in one go.
If you can control your landscaping you have a great opportunity to create energy saving for your business with energy saving landscaping.  Strategically planting trees to block winds or provide shade on hot summer days can help reduce your heating and cooling costs.
Inspiring employees to be energy efficient in their day-to-day work lives can improve morale while lowering business energy costs. There have been several studies done on how Millennials spend money, and one thing is clear: that generation (and likely Generation Z, which includes people born after 1995) cares about sustainability. They are willing to spend more money if it means buying products from companies that show consideration for the environment, and they care about sustainable workplace practices. So, as you evaluate your expense reduction ideas, bear in mind that the younger set in your employ will likely be on board with any energy-efficient changes that you consider implementing.
One of the best and easiest ways to save energy is to look for the places heat (or air conditioning) can escape. There’s no point in paying to heat or cool the outdoors. Check windows and doors for leaks.
Oversizing equipment can increase the initial cost of the equipment and could lead to excess sunk costs over the equipment’s operational lifetime. If you have an energy management team this could be part of their remit.

Do you regularly change air filters?

Are the air ducts actively maintained?

Do you have an energy management team?

Do you use vending machines?

Check the filter in your HVAC equipment in line with the manufactures guidelines; if it looks dirty, no matter how few months it’s been, change it. A dirty filter reduces air flow and makes the system work hard, which in turn wastes energy. Clean filters also protect the system by preventing dust and dirt from entering the system, which could lead to expensive maintenance costs.
Ducts move air to-and-from a central air conditioner, or heat pump. If they are not sealed properly, they can be big energy drains and waste money. Sealing and insulating ducts can improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling system by as much as 20 percent.
Setting up an Energy Management Team can bring significant benefits to the business. People who have a role responsibility will engage and can drive energy efficiencies through the business. For example, they could review Cloud-based systems which can save the business money compared to traditional servers as there is no cooling of a hot data centre.  A business with 100 users could cut its carbon footprint and energy costs by 90% by moving to the cloud. There may be multiple reasons to move — or not move — to the cloud. But when evaluating that move, be sure to consider the energy impact as one factor.
Running a refrigerated vending machine could cost between £250 - £400 per year to run.  It may be worth doing a cost / benefit analysis to see whether the staff perk is really worth the cost.

Waste Management

Do you reuse and recycle?

Are you actively working towards being paperless?

Are your printers set to double sided printing?

Sustainable workplace practices” ultimately refer to your being a good steward of the environment.  The more you can save paper and resources, and the more you can find ways to repurpose what you already have, the less you will spend replenishing the supply cupboard.
Consider going paperless to the extent possible; by circulating employee memos, manuals and other materials online rather than using paper copies. This will save you money and help your business to go green in a significant way.
Saves 50% of paper / storage  & mailing costs , so reduces impacts on Forests.

Transport

Do you offer a cycle to work scheme?

Do you use technology for virtual meetings?

Do you have a Fleet Management policy that encourages low emission vehicle usage?

A cycle to work scheme enables employees to obtain commuter bikes and cycling accessories through their employer, whilst spreading the cost over 12 months and making unbeatable savings through a tax break. The popularity of such schemes is growing and is a good employee benefit to offer.
You can save significant amounts of money on transport costs and improve staff productivity by using technologies like Webex and Skype in order to hold virtual meetings, give presentations and make long distance contact.  The modern technology is good and worth considering.
Cars are recognised as one of the main contributors to global warming as well as contributing to air pollution that is increasing people's risk of heart and lung disease and asthma.  London has introduced a ULEZ and an increasing numbers of Councils are introducing Clean Air Zones many of which may have penalty charges for usage. A Fleet policy that promotes low emission vehicles can save money and help the environment and people’s health.

Thank you for applying for Certification, we will:

 

1) Evaluate the submission and determine your rating;

2) Provide you with certification documentation with your certified rating;

3) Provide you with a high resolution image of the logo for use in your marketing material etc;

4) Provide you with a personalised report with information and ideas to help you save money; 

5) Inform you who your Account Manager is and provide you with their personal contact details;

6) Provide you with special discounted rates for car leasing and business finance.

We will NOT:

a) Share your details with any third party unless we have your permission to do so for one of our services. 

b) Send you useless emails or unwanted marketing material.