At some point during the development of your sustainability strategy it is useful to obtain external verification that your work is meeting the required national and international standards. Evaluating the current status of your sustainability initiatives and processes has the following advantages:
Our validation procedures follow the strict methodology of Ere-S assurance and have the following specificities:
When verification is carried out on your sustainability report content, we can deliver a verification statement for inclusion in the report. The statement summarises our findings and confirms the level of adherence to the chosen criteria.
Our verification statement provides stakeholder confidence in the sustainability report’s adherence to the relevant standard(s). However, it does not provide confirmation of the accuracy and reliability of the data (quantitative and qualitative) contained in the report, including statements, claims, performance information, underlying management processes and data collection, calculation and consolidation. Such confirmation is provided through our assurance services.
Using the same methodology and criteria as for our gap analysis and verification, we can assess and assist you with due diligence on your suppliers. Any additional quality criteria or boundaries defined by your sustainability framework will be integrated into our assessment.We can assess your suppliers based on publicly available information or run a comprehensive verification that includes on-site visits and meetings with their managers and data owners.
Ere-S has carried out multiple gap analysis, verifications and due diligence engagements for large organisations. For these services, we apply the same objectivity, meticulousness and quality criteria that we use in our assurance engagements. Our expertise in data and process assessment is endorsed by a significant number of reporting and strategy projects undertaken by Ere-S in a diverse range of industries. The findings and recommendations in our verification reports have led to valuable improvements in our clients’ sustainability reports and management approaches.