In today’s increasingly complex environment, many businesses, non-profit organizations, and governments are implementing sustainability-based improvements. Their goal is to proactively manage an accelerating mix of social, environmental, market, and technological risks.
Often these organizations are using sustainability-related certification and assessment processes to internally determine and externally promote sustainability policies, plans, and programs. Measurements can range from objective and quantitative to more subjective or qualitative metrics. However, navigating the abundance of green business certifications out there can be overwhelming (and time-consuming) for sustainability professionals and the organizations they work for. What is the best certification for a particular situation? How hard is the process? What will it cost and will it be worth the effort? These are just some of the questions that arise.
The ISSP Research and Resources Committee is focusing its efforts to identify the range of certifications presently in use and creating a report on the purpose, criteria, scope, and credibility of the best certifications.
Below is a list of some of the certifications we may be evaluating. We are looking for input from sustainability professionals with experience with these or any other sustainability-related certifications. Use this survey to let us know your experiences (positive and negative). And if you are interested in helping with this research project, become an ISSP Volunteer!
Note: the list below is only an illustrative list of certifications ISSP MAY be reviewing. Inclusion in this initial list does not imply ISSP endorsement or inclusion in the final report. In addition, the focus of this survey is certifications for businesses: entire organizations, products, services, supply chains, etc. A survey of certifications for individuals will be done at a later date.