The Bright Ethics Certification

The Bright Ethics Standard

The Bright Ethics Standard outlines the policies and practices that an organisation has to meet in order to be awarded certification.

Please fill in the form below to download our 2017/18 Standard. Please note this has been updated with our new section: Customer Experience

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Certification Process

1. Desk Top Review

At this stage organisations are invited to submit documentary evidence, including examples of policies and best practices. This is then reviewed by your dedicated assessor who uses it to determine the areas explored in the on-site visit.

2. On-site visit

Depending on the size of the organisation, this can take from a half day up to several days across various sites.

During the visit, your assessor will conduct face-to-face interviews with employees across the business. This usually includes key stakeholders, such as senior management, HR managers, procurement managers and other appropriate post holders.

3. Report and Feedback

After the on-site visit, your assessor will compile a report detailing compliance with the Standard. The assessment decision will be included within this document, however your assessor will also highlight areas of excellence and improvement.

We believe that there is no limit to the ambitions of an ethical business, which is why we want to help guide and support you in maximising the impact the assessment has on your organisation.

The additional suggestions made in the report can also form part of the 18 month review if deemed appropriate.

In the event that an organisation not pass the Standard, they are given detailed reasons for this decision and guidance on how specific criteria can be met. The organisation then has six months to resubmit evidence of compliance.

4. Award

This is where we celebrate and hopefully you do too! Your certification will be valid for three years from the date of award.

5. 18 Month Review

After 18 months we will arrange a follow-up session with your assessor.

This is a chance for you to demonstrate any additional ethical commitments you have made and also allows us to continue to support your organisational goals.

Why get certified?

Building Customer Confidence

Our accreditation standard is based upon extensive research into both consumer and business attitudes towards ethics in business. This means that we assess organisations against the values and expectations of their customers.

Getting an Independent Evaluation

We independently verify policies and practices using a robust set of criteria. This enables us to certify those who demonstrate real ethical commitments and also puts an end to the culture of green-washing.

Receiving Customised Training and support

We look beyond paper policies and help engage your employees in ethical practices and their benefits, ensuring that they firmly become part your organisations values and behaviors

Reducing Costs

 The successful implementation of ethical practices promotes efficiency, productivity and waste reduction and can therefore have a tangible impact on cost reduction

The Bright Ethics Heart Mark is not just a badge, it represents that someone has made a real and tangible commitment to improving the world we live in.

Get Certified

To let us know you're interested, please fill out the form below. A member of our team will then be in touch to assess your needs and advise on pricing and logistics.

Our dedicated advisers are here to guide you through the certification process, every step of the way, meaning that you will always have a point of contact to answer any questions you may have.

We can also help in providing example policies and best practice documents, which are especially useful for early stage businesses with no extant policies. 

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