Internal and External Issues: Understanding ISO

Internal and external issues are part of understanding the organisation and its context, a common clause across all standards aligned with the Annex SL framework, which includes ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015. As such, Both of these standards have a clause which reads something similar to: “The organization shall determine external and internal issues that Read more about Internal and External Issues: Understanding ISO[…]

NEW: Fixed Price Implementation Packages

Part of the reason we got into ISO standards, is we like things to be straight forward. When things are straightforward (like your management systems), you can spend more time on creating value and generating new business. When we’ve been looking for business services over the last few months, a frequent frustration has been the Read more about NEW: Fixed Price Implementation Packages[…]

Understanding ISO: Getting Certified

So you’ve implemented your system and now you want to let everybody know how great your organisation is! What next? How can you tell people you are operating in compliance with ISO standard? What do you need to do if you want to get UKAS certified? Read on to find out more… Under ISO there Read more about Understanding ISO: Getting Certified[…]

Understanding ISO: What does it mean?

You’ve probably seen stickers or logos on vans, websites and brochures with the acronym “ISO”. If you’ve ever wondered what it means, here’s some more information about these standards, what they mean and why your organisation might want to get certified. ISO The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) develop, maintain, review and update all ISO Read more about Understanding ISO: What does it mean?[…]

Energy and Carbon: Reporting must lead to actions

Last month I met up with an ex-colleague and friend, Hannah Kershaw of QinetiQ, to discuss the current state of energy and carbon standards. Instead of writing a piece myself, Hannah (who taught me most of what I know about energy and carbon), kindly agreed to provide her insights on the changing carbon and energy Read more about Energy and Carbon: Reporting must lead to actions[…]

Why is a Sustainability Consultancy offering ISO 9001 Quality Management?

When I first set out to build better sustainability reporting systems, it quickly became apparent that most organisations get ISO 14001 (Environmental Management) certification before starting to report their sustainability impacts, and before ISO 14001 they typically get ISO 9001 (Quality Management). Most organisations use a quality consultant to help them achieve ISO 9001, and Read more about Why is a Sustainability Consultancy offering ISO 9001 Quality Management?[…]

Understanding ISO: Who needs them?

Totem Sustainability are taking new approaches to enable organisations to achieve their aspirations through ISO management systems. Founder and CEO Ian Dodd tells us about some recent discussions he’s had about QMS and explains how ISO standards can help all organisations. Recently I was talking to some business owners based with me at the BTC Read more about Understanding ISO: Who needs them?[…]

How much do SMEs impact our environment?

It’s time to widen our focus. Most environmental legislation is targeted at large organisations, which makes sense right? It’s reasonable to assume that these are the organisations who will be having a biggest impact on our environment. However, it is in fact Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) that have the biggest impact. A study Read more about How much do SMEs impact our environment?[…]

Totem Sustainability launches consulting services

We have now launched our sustainability and environmental consulting services! With 10 years experience in consulting and sustainability we are now offering a wide range of sustainability consulting services including Chain of Custody, Environmental Management Systems, Health and Wellbeing, Reporting and Waste Management. See our Consulting page for the full range of services. Furthermore, we can Read more about Totem Sustainability launches consulting services[…]