Today, Auva joins organisations across the world to celebrate World Accreditation Day. Taking place on June 9 each year, it is a global initiative jointly established by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC), to raise awareness of the importance of accreditation.
Each year there is a different theme, and this year’s focus is on supporting the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These are the goals laid out by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation, which you can view here. These 17 goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for us all.
Accreditation plays a big part in supporting the implementation of the SDGs which promotes sustainability, responsible consumption and production, people’s wellbeing and economic growth to name a few. From the joint statement released by the IAF and ILAC it states: “The technical and operational foundations that are critical to the functioning of developed and developing societies are delivered through accreditation. It supports policy objectives in areas including cross-border trade, food safety, health and environmental protection, and industrial and infrastructural development.”
World Accreditation Day 2021 provides an excellent opportunity to explore how accreditation can deliver a safer world, and for businesses, governments and regulators to find standards, conformity assessment and accreditation tools to help them to develop more sustainable business practices.
Graham O’Geran, Business Development Officer at Auva said: “From the inception of Auva, it was decided that every effort would be made to demonstrate that we believe in what we certify and conduct our business in a manner that always ensures a high quality of service, safety of those around us and taking care of our planet. We have taken this further by being independently verified as being Carbon Neutral – when approved we will be the first certification body to achieve this. With this knowledge, we aim to support our clients in demonstrating a reduction in environmental impacts based up upon their own lifecycle assessment of their products and services. Regardless of the sector you work in, we can all do our part to help achieve these goals.”
A brochure giving more details of how accreditation delivers a safer world is available for download from the IAF and ILAC websites, click here to view. In addition, three videos with the themes of People, Planet and Prosperity have been released on the IAF-ILAC Youtube channel
WAD 2021 – Protecting the planet – Accreditation: Supporting the implementation of SDGs