The Global Sustainable Enterprise Standard & the Sustainable Footprint Standard are certifiable standards that are independently validated and audited to be able to guarantee the results of the outcome and to confirm sustainability claims. The independent validation policy of the GSES Platform and the steps towards certification are explained below:
- Desk Audit – 1st Phase external audit
- On-site Audit – 2st Phase external audit
- Standard Verification (verification on standard level)
- Mystery Fact Checks
- Lab Tested
Organizations are free to use the GSES tools to measure and improve their sustainability performance. Such self-assessments are for internal use only and scores are not visible on the GSES ScoreCard. It is possible to upload documents to prove the sustainability claims. These documents are stored in your own secured virtual safe to be validated or audited.
Desk Audit is the same as a “Desk review”. This Document validation is similar to the 1st phase of an external audit. The Document validation verifies the quality and content of the uploaded evidence. Conducting a desk review prior to the on-site audit is cost-efficient, as it shortens the time required to perform an on-site audit. Document validations are independently executed by our licensed third-party Document validation partners; Control Union Certifications, KIWA, and more.
External audits are executed by accredited and licensed Certification Bodies. GSE system Full Members can request an external audit on the GSE standard (organization and supply chain level) and on the Sustainable Footprint Standard (product/project level). All audits are performed independently by certifying bodies that work in compliance with the guidelines of ISO 17021. and/or ISO 17065.