3 steps to GreenSign Office certification
DThe easiest way to apply for your GreenSign Office certification is to use the online application form, which is sent directly to us digitally. Your application confirmation with an offer will be sent to your e-mail inbox shortly afterwards. For further questions, we will be happy to advise you on the phone or via video call.
After signing the contract, you will receive further information and your personal access to the GreenSign online tool, where you can indicate the fulfilled criteria and measures for your business.
The certification process starts with a self-evaluation of the company, which is done by filling out the certification tool in the GreenSign web area.
The criteria queried are based on internal processes and underline the need to integrate the global sustainability goals (SDGs) defined by the UN with Agenda 2030. The quality assurance of the certification is based on recognized frameworks such as ISO 14001 (environmental management), ISO 26000 (CSR corporate social responsibility) and EMAS. The ACTUAL state in the company is always analyzed.
The following eight core areas are highlighted in the certification process:
Environment (energy, water, waste, building structure)
The evaluation is based on a weighting factor and the fulfillment of international frameworks of the respective indicators. The classification of the company's sustainability performance is made according to the result of the completed certification tool in GreenSign Level 1 to GreenSign Level 5.
For a Level 1 rating, at least 19 percent of the criteria within the eight core areas must be met. The highest GreenSign Level 5 award requires a sustainability performance of over 80 percent.
Initial approaches to realizing the sustainability concept have already been fulfilled in the company.
A well-founded orientation of sustainability is recognizable in the company.
A sustainability concept is implemented and lived in almost all operating areas.
The requirements for sustainable management are met to a high degree by the company.
The sustainability concept in the company has a model character and the best possible orientation.
All companies or offices are then inspected by an independent expert in the form of an on-site audit. The auditor asks for previously announced documents as well as various verifications.
The audit ends with a qualified report, a so-called sustainability declaration. The certification is valid for three years and enables transparent documentation and credible communication of the company's sustainability performance for this period. Subsequently, the sustainable measures are reviewed and evaluated again on the basis of the eight core areas.
After completion of the certification, InfraCert awards the GreenSign Office sustainability certificate at the level achieved. The certification shows possible weak points and potentials to improve the sustainability performance. Further development of the operation to a next higher level can take place at any time. Reclassification and verification requires a separate audit.
Now, in addition to creating an action plan to expand sustainability measures, the focus can also be placed on "green" marketing.
GreenSign certified companies benefit, among other things, from:
An invitation to GreenSign sustainability events and networking events
Whether a corporate group, medium-sized company, family business or start-up, the GreenSign Office enables environmentally conscious, socially just and sustainable business.
In addition, certification with GreenSign Office provides an ideal guide for the sustainable further development and strategic positioning of the company.
Take the opportunity now to raise awareness of the positive and negative impacts of internal operations and make a constructive contribution to sustainable development in line with the SDGs.