Challenge: Every industry has specific opportunities to address the impacts its members have on the marketplace, the environment and our society. However, no two industries are alike and broad-based international standards may not always address the specific issues that affect an industry or an industry segment.
Solution: BPA/iCompli works with industry associations to develop customized standards that focus on what’s important to the industry association’s members. These propriety standards address the association’s “hot button” issues and help raise the best practices of industry leaders to standard practice throughout the industry. A built-in compliance protocol by means of independent third party certification helps:
- Build Credibility
- Raise Organizational Performance
- Create Competitive Advantage
- Enhance Reputation
iCompli’s practical, business-oriented approach to standards development is designed to find the “sweet spot” among Attainability (the ability of an organization to meet the standard’s criteria), Affordability (identifying the price point that promotes uptake of the standard), and Audit Rigor (building in suitable compliance procedures to raise sustainability performance).
Proprietary standards are a win-win proposition -- allowing the organization or association to enhance the value of membership by offering a service that addresses an industry issue, and generate an additional revenue stream through third-party certification of the standard.