Even with vaccine campaigns underway in many countries, we are now preparing for further COVID waves and subsequent recovery. For more robust protection Bureau Veritas recommends combining the SafeGuard label with Biosafety Certification.
Supply chain workers can be vulnerable, especially during a global health crisis. Assessing the supply chain from end to end enables businesses to pinpoint potential human rights issues, from poor working conditions and modern slavery to child labor.
What are you doing to show employees you take their health and safety seriously? The COVID-19 crisis has raised the profile of workplace safety, reinforcing the importance of recognized H&S certifications. Any company currently certified to OHSAS 18001 needs to migrate to the more comprehensive ISO 45001 standard by September this year to stay certified.
2021 is shaping up to be a busy year for QHSE managers. Not only do companies seeking external recognition of their health and safety practices need to migrate to the new ISO 45001 standard by September 2021, but a new audit cycle has started for many other standards.
For better or worse, 2020 saw businesses across the globe reinvent their work culture. And while many employees may now look forward to returning to a pre-pandemic routine, certain new habits look set to stay.
While the pandemic has given many employees a chance to reestablish work-life balance, it has given businesses a valuable opportunity to rethink their organizational and workplace structures. In concrete terms, the shift to remote working has forced more than 80% of global business to accelerate the digitization of processes.
Quality Management System Director, Olivier Martin, discusses Schneider Electric’s Integrated Management System as well as its commitment to sustainability, and Bureau Veritas’ role in supporting the company and its goals.
The 2020 COVID pandemic has created unprecedented turmoil and change for individuals and organizations across the world. Simple business continuity has become a challenge with workplaces closed, travel restricted, and IT staff tasked with finding a way to enable employees to work from home effectively and productively.
In a difficult economic context, businesses need to operate as efficiently as possible by reducing costs and optimizing processes. Yet to thrive long-term, companies need to make sure that their efforts to cut waste do not impact the quality of products or the customer experience.
Every time we book concert tickets, order sushi online, or even sign up for an in-store loyalty card, we share our data. For consumers today, providing businesses with telephone numbers, email addresses, and credit card details is a normal part of daily life. Indeed, we do it so frequently that, until recently, we have rarely thought about what companies are doing with all that information.
Few businesses implemented biosafety risk protocols before COVID-19. As employees increasingly return to the workplace, companies now need to adjust to a new “normal” to ensure preparedness for future outbreaks.
Before the COVID-19 crisis, the words on everyone’s lips were climate change. The spotlight was firmly on the work of activists like Greta Thunberg; environmental footprint-reducing initiatives by governments, organizations and individuals; and major international efforts such as the UN’s Paris agreement. For the last few months, those subjects have taken a back seat to a worldwide emergency. But as we emerge from lockdown, governments, businesses and society as a whole are more intent than ever on reinventing a world that is safer, healthier and more sustainable.
Since the beginning of the Covid-19 health crisis, the food industry has been under increased pressure to ensure that food companies worldwide are meeting critical health and safety standards. However, many countries have imposed travel restrictions to slow the spread of Covid-19, leaving food manufacturers, suppliers, processors and retailers struggling to receive audits. Numerous food businesses were thus granted postponements for three to six months while the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) developed a solution to ensure safe audits and inspections.
COVID-19 represents and unprecedented sanitary crisis, that has impacted governments, companies and people and will transform the way we live and work.
For employees, companies and stakeholders, it will generate new needs. Demands for a better health and biosafety protection. Demands for risks anticipation and prevention. Demands for a more sustainable economic system. An entire rethink of global supply chains. The demise of the office. A multitude of ideas underpin the New Normal, with a common thread running through them: unprecedented change.
Cybersecurity is one of the biggest issues facing companies today. The last few years have witnessed some high-profile cases of cybercrime - from massive data breaches to flaws in microchips and cryptojacking. Attacks are both more and more frequent and increasingly sophisticated.
People, regulators and businesses today are looking to build a new world to restart economic growth with sustainable methods of production and consumption. The circular economy removes waste at every stage of the value chain, protecting climate, planet and people for the long-term. That's why Bureau Veritas offers Circular+, a suite of training, audit and certification services to help you transition to a circular model step-by-step.
At the beginning of 2020, the world was on track to reach record levels of greenhouse gas emissions and produce record-breaking rates of waste generation . Instead, carbon levels showed the largest drop ever due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, as countries look for ways to reopen their economies while preparing for an uncertain future, some see this as an opportunity to replace old models with more sustainable approaches.
Consumer expectations have changed significantly in the last few decades, requiring businesses to place a greater emphasis on transparency and social responsibility. By 2025, the millennials primarily responsible for this shift will account for 75% of the workforce. As their spending power grows, businesses across industries will come under even closer scrutiny from a new generation that values responsible production.
We live in an increasingly digital world, and our roads are no exception. Today’s connected vehicles leverage large amounts of information to offer groundbreaking new features such as self-parking and road hazard detection. Automotive players also exchange and manage manufacturing data along the entire value chain – from suppliers and service providers to end consumers.
To remain competitive, it is critical that companies equip their teams with the knowledge and skills they need to take on the challenges of today and tomorrow. To achieve this objective, organizations of all sizes and sectors are increasingly incorporating digital solutions alongside traditional classroom learning into their professional development programs.
Digital is playing an ever-larger role in commerce. Consumer spending habits are changing: rather than shopping in store from a handful of brands they know and trust, consumers are buying ever more goods online, from brands they have not previously tested. Retailers, meanwhile, are leveraging digital to source directly from suppliers, many of whom are in the Far East and who advertise their services via online platforms.
Certification for automotive manufacturers and suppliers used to mean just one thing: IATF 16949. However, with automotive technology rapidly evolving and the global business context becoming increasingly competitive, automakers recognize the need to go beyond a general standard and address new, emerging risks and social expectations.
Anyone in business will agree that it is easier to grow sales from existing customers than constantly to seek new ones. That is why keeping clients happy is a top priority for most companies. However, there are no fast solutions to achieving customer satisfaction; it can only be done by consistently providing quality products and services and excellent customer care.
The global incidence of food allergies is skyrocketing. Food product recalls due to mislabeled allergens nearly doubled in the US since 2009, and peaked in 2015. We look at the emerging public health crisis posed by food allergies and the critical role laboratory testing and certification has to play.
Over the last ten years, the world of work has changed dramatically. Digital tools and increased connectivity have enabled flexible working conditions for office employees. At the same time, automation, robotics and artificial intelligence have partly automated many tasks for employees on the shop floor. These profound changes to the ways in which we work have a direct impact on occupational health and safety.
Bribery is one of the most common and pernicious forms of business corruption, presenting a range of major risks to organizations. Both companies and individuals can face severe legal repercussions and financial penalties for violating anti-bribery laws. Moreover, a history of corruption can irreparably damage a business’ reputation, driving away investors, partners, clients and future employees.
Every day, more and more information is created, captured and stored by interconnected, digital systems across the globe. In response to this explosion of online data, the European Union introduced the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Designed to protect consumer data, prevent security breaches and control data processing, GDPR harmonizes laws across Europe to create an EU standard applicable to all businesses and public organizations.