All businesses, regardless of the industry, must adhere to certain standards, regulations, and legislation, as part of normal business operations. Ensuring compliance can, however, be an arduous and costly undertaking.

Certification body JC Auditors has launched a one-stop certification solution that delivers a professional, efficient and simplified process for businesses to meet mandatory legal obligations, and customer or tender requirements. At the heart of the solution is the essential need to mitigate risk and deliver added value to the business.

“Over the past few years, the increasing emphasis on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) prerogatives has brought into sharp focus the myriad of laws, regulations, standards, and guidelines,” says Oliver Naidoo, JC Auditors’ Managing Director. “Also, with the regulatory environment constantly evolving, compliance targets are in a state of flux. Managing the required processes can be complex, time-consuming, and costly.”

Maintaining and validating compliance can also be challenging if there are multiple systems and separate assessment tools used. The duplication of processes and the control of these myriads of systems also add significantly to the cost.

These factors led to the certification body identifying the need for an efficient and integrated process, whereby a single assessment solution could be used to address the requirements of all the various standards and legislative requirements for a business – regardless of the sector, in which they are operating in.

“We want to make the process as efficient as possible for the companies that have chosen to work together with us,” explains Naidoo, who will be hosting several workshops across the country in the coming weeks to showcase the new certification solution to industry stakeholders. Events will take place in Gauteng, the Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, and Mpumalanga.

Using the solution, says Naidoo, provides tangible benefits to businesses, as it ensures a more efficient approach. “There is no duplication of processes or documents and instead of managing several systems, an integrated approach that is efficient and cost-effective ensures companies are meeting the necessary standards, regulatory and legal requirements.”

It further gives the assurance that consumers are getting products and services of the highest quality from businesses that have a strong Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) approach.

It provides the comfort that one is dealing with a professional, reliable, and responsible entity, thereby protecting one’s brand. All businesses can benefit from adopting standards – regardless of their size and industry sector.

One company that recently used the one-stop certification service says JC Auditors exceeded all its expectations having delivered tremendous value to its business. “The auditors displayed extensive knowledge, not only of the respective standards, but they were experts in understanding the practical context of our operating environment. Their audit approach was distinctly customer-oriented, and they diligently examined our operation’s conformance to quality, environmental, health and safety standards.”

Another client describes the solution as uncomplicated, delivering greater compliance through its improved efficiency. “The JC Auditors team was fully competent in all engagement with our company. They were knowledgeable and added great value to our business.”

Says Naidoo, “Standards and the associated certification audits for these standards are intended to add value and improve business operations. It should not be a cumbersome and costly undertaking that frustrates business. Our solution is a fresh approach that reduces the time, effort, and money to deliver this compliance.”