Online Sustainable Business Program

The Certo online sustainable business program is straightforward, comprehensive and effective.


The Certo Online Sustainable Business Program has four performance levels: Starter, Operating, Advanced and Optimum. Your business must achieve the Starter and Operating levels as these form the foundation of a sustainable business. Advanced and Optimum levels are optional, however these should be achieved for your business to be regarded as a significant sustainable business performer.

Your business must achieve standards internally (improvements within the company) and externally (improvements within suppliers and resellers). We use online questionnaires for various aspects of the program, your people (and the processes and products involved), your suppliers and your resellers (if applicable) are all separately tested using the online forms and reports are generated for your personal reference.

Your business is recognised with a new logo status once a new performance level is reached. We can provide confidential annual reports on how your business compares against like-companies (no company names or sensitive commercial data are supplied in these reports). Unique Certo reference numbers are supplied to all participating businesses for confidential reporting purposes. Every year the online form must be completed in order to record progress made by your business. Resource use is recorded along with benchmarking data:

  • Floor Area of Factory, Stores and Offices
  • Number of FT/PT employees
  • Water, Electricity and Mains Gas used in last calendar year
  • Waste produced and Recycling/Composting diversions in last calendar year
  • Bottled gas purchased in last calendar year
  • Petrol and Diesel purchased in last calendar year
  • Domestic and International flights purchased in last calendar year

The Value Chain, relevant to the sustainability of a business, is analysed throughout each level using our Certo Tracker input form. We specifically focus on People, Processes and Products across the Value Chain. A program fee is payable in advance and this covers online registration, guidance, training, templates and tools to help businesses achieve their goals and earn ongoing recognition of their achievements. Depending on the level of performance achieved, companies will be able to provide globally recognised sustainability reports in accordance with the GRI and the SDGs set by the United Nations.

An ongoing monthly fee is also payable for ongoing base online support and licensed use of Certo logos so you can reassure your customers and stakeholders of your position along the Sustainable Business Path (this fee applies across each level achieved). Additional contracted services are available as required (such as product sourcing, material testing, market research, and face-to-face training/presentations). Check out our FAQ section for more details.

Starter Certo

Your business is at the exploratory stage, fact finding, prioritising and learning, it is preparing to go down the Sustainable Business path, your business is committed to the Certo program.
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Operating Certo

Your business is 3 months down the path,your business priority changes are underway, your business is considered active in sustainable management, your work program is underway.
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Advanced Certo

Your business is 12 months down the path, the majority of changes are underway, you are considered a sustainable business, your approved Corporate Sustainability Plan is in operation.
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Optimum Certo

Your business is 24 months down the path, all changes have been made, your business is considered a leader in sustainable business management, your Corporate Sustainability Plan is now ingrained in the value chain.
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