We usually speak with companies who have already decided to pursue getting R2 certification (Responsible Recycling) or renewing their certification. But we know that making this decision often comes at a cost. R2 costs money and it costs time. But are the pro’s worth it? We know it can be a big decision to make. As one user recently posted on a scrap forum, “I may need to get the certification to maintain a particular client. The size and scope justifies the expense, but it appears to be a daunting task to undertake. Having just an R2 downstream may not be enough, hence the research into getting certified. The additional jobs it may generate is an added bonus.”

Sustainable Electronics Recycling International (SERI) is the housing body and ANSI-accredited Standards Development Organization for the R2 Standard, which means it is the organization directly responsible for its development and maintenance.

The development of the standard occurred through a transparent, balanced, consensus-based process. The standards development process took three years from start to finish. The multi-stakeholder group included representatives from the EPA, State government regulators, companies and associations in the electronics recycling industry, OEMs/customers and NGO’s.

The SERI website is full of resources and information, but one of the areas we wanted to highlight is something our customers struggle with: Is it worth it? We have listed some real quotes from real people online next to the benefits and stats that are listed on SERI’s website.

  • Growing Demand- 95% of certified recyclers reported increased demand for responsible recycling.

“We partner only with R2 certified eWaste recyclers.”

“R2 Certified recyclers are the best way to go.”

  • Decreasing Costs – 36% reported reduced insurance premiums due to better EH&S practices

“We have it… I like having it… I do believe it helps us become a better company.”

“Many leading companies are building long-term value from sustainability programs as a way to examine their use of resources, social impacts, and life cycle efficiency to reduce risk and cost.”

  • Growing Sales – 70% of certified recyclers reported that certification had increased their business.

“I know some of our large clients require certifications. It all boils down to what are you as a company wanting to become. If you are going to go after the whale’s, you will need certifications.”

“R2 opens a lot of doors and shows your companies commitment to best practices. One of the best pieces of advice I can give is, document EVERYTHING and then document some more!”

We’ll close with this example of “Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery”. If R2 wasn’t important, why would a company fake having the certification in an effort to win a contract. All we can say is Yikes! And we’re glad the issuer of the RFP realized they weren’t listed as an R2 holder.

Curious about R2 and what it can do for you? Join us for a free 60 minute educational webinar on June 28, 2018 at 2 PM (Eastern). We will cover R2 requirements and the R2 certification process. We hope to see you there!

Frequently Asked Question

ISO certification follows the same process, regardless of the ISO standard you are seeking:

  1. Establish, implement and verify your ISO management system
  2. Stage 1 audit – Documentation Review
  3. Stage 2 audit – Full system audit
  4. Closure of any findings
  5. Certification!

The standards that best suit your company vary by the industry you are in. In order to identify the standards that will provide your company with the greatest benefits, we recommend the following:

  1. Talk to your customers – many of them may require certain ISO standards.
  2. Evaluate your companies risks – see where your companies great liabilities are what needs to be controlled (e.g. quality, environmental aspects, health & safety hazards, IT security, etc.).
  3. Be proactive and identify new business opportunities – evaluate new areas / industries you want to grow your business. Often times, these new industries may require some sort of certification in order to enter. Certification takes time, so being proactive and having the certifications before bidding on projects can put you ahead of your competition.

The time to become ISO certified really depends on a few different factors:

  1. The resources you have available to support the ISO process
  2. Your own internal timeframe that you need / want to be certified by
  3. The standard’s requirement for how much evidence you need to support certification

Certification requires you to show through objective evidence that you have an effective ISO management system in place. In order to do this, you need to show that you have sufficient evidence available to support this claim. At a minimum, most standards will require 3 months of evidence of implementing your management system in order to be certified.

Some standards, such as IATF 16949, may require a minimum of one year of evidence to support certification.

The cost for certification can vary greatly from one company to another. There are typically several factors that go into the costs for certification:

  1. Certification body fees
  2. Certification body audit day rates
  3. Auditor travel costs
  4. Standard license fees (e.g. R2, RIOS, eStewards license fees)
  5. Consulting Fees

Audit time and consulting time is typically based on the following factors:

  1. Number of employees
  2. Number of processes and the risks associated with those processes
  3. Number of locations

We have the experience to help you navigate the certification body costs and possible discounts they can offer.

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ISO certification shows your customers that you follow industry best practices and that your business is well structured and ready for growth.

Each ISO standard has its own benefits, for example:

  • ISO 9001 – Ensures you provide your customers with a quality product or service
  • ISO 27001 – Protects your information, data and reputation
  • ISO 14001 – Reduces your environmental impact
  • ISO 45001 – Protects your workers
  • Responsible Recycling (R2) – ensures responsible management of used electronics

Common benefits across all ISO standard include:

  • Increased efficiency
  • Reduced costs
  • Improved customer satisfaction
  • More engaged employees
  • Reduced risks
  • Reduced insurance premiums
  • Helps with project bidding

By achieving and maintaining an ISO certification, you are showing your company’s commitment to achieving your objectives, improving your business and increasing the credibility and customer confidence in your product or service.

Yes. We have been providing remote auditing and consulting services for years. We have found remote auditing and consulting to be just as effective as on-site. We use a variety of tools to ensure we are thorough in our remote services, while saving you time and money.

The great thing about working with Glacier consulting is that you don’t need anything in place to get started. We will work with you ever step of the way to ensure you have everything you need to get certified.

Most companies have far more in place than they realize. Just because it may not be documented, doesn’t mean you don’t have processes in place. We will work with your team to improve, streamline and formalize these processes.

One of the most common questions we get is how much time and effort does it take to get and maintain certification. The bulk of the effort should be at the beginning to get your management system established and implemented. To do this, we take what you already do and formalize it to meet the standard requirements. There may be some minor tweaking done, but this typically only improves and streamlines your process.

Once your ISO management system is in place, maintaining it should be as easy as breathing because it should become part of your culture and everyday operations. At the end of the day, you shouldn’t think of it as your ISO system, you should think of it as simply your way of operating your company.

We work with countless ISO standards. We’ve only listed the most common ISO standards typically sought after. We have a diverse team with tremendous knowledge in many of the ISO standards. Contact us and let us know what standard you are interested in. If we don’t offer that service, we can find you someone who can.

We can tailor a service specific to your needs to help you along your ISO journey. We can provide basic guidance to full “White Glove” support. If it’s business or ISO related, we’ve got you covered. A few of our services include:

  1. General ISO Consulting
  2. Documentation Prep
  3. Training
  4. Auditing
  5. Maintenance

Contact us with any questions you have or for services not listed here.