DNV GL has been accredited by the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) to issue certificates proving compliance with the AWS international standard for water management.
The accreditation enables DNV GL to certify companies globally. Antonio Astone, Global Service Manager for Assurance and Supply Chain in DNV GL – Business Assurance, comments: “We are pleased to be able to help companies to better manage their use of freshwater. Water is becoming a scarce resource in many areas of the world and companies are increasingly being scrutinized for their water management. Hence, the accreditation to the AWS Standard is a great opportunity to help these organizations understand, assess and prove their efforts.”
The AWS is a global partnership dedicated to promoting the responsible use of freshwater. Certification to The International Water Stewardship Standard is a mark of having met the global benchmark for responsible water management. The standard provides a globally applicable framework for major water consumers to understand their water use and impacts and to work collaboratively and transparently to achieve sustainable water management within a catchment context.
"We now have over 50 sites registered for certification, 21 certifications realized and a host of companies and organizations globally committed to following the AWS Standard. Working with respected and credible global certification bodies such as DNV GL is vital to support our rapidly escalating growth and the interest in the AWS Standard system," says Mona Karraoui, AWS Accreditation and Training Manager.
Ingunn Midttun Godal, Director of Business Development in DNV GL – Business Assurance, comments:
“Being accredited by the AWS is important to our work of supporting companies in achieving sustainable business performance in all areas of their operations and value chains. Internationally acknowledged standards that set a benchmark and enable organizations to continually improve their efforts related to responsible water usage are needed. As one of the world’s leading certification bodies, we look forward to helping companies to put this topic on the agenda and drive change through certification, contributing positively to responsible freshwater usage around the world.”
About DNV GL
DNV GL is a global quality assurance and risk management company. Driven by our purpose of safeguarding life, property and the environment, we enable our customers to advance the safety and sustainability of their business. We provide classification, technical assurance, software and independent expert advisory services to the maritime, oil & gas, power and renewables industries. We also provide certification, supply chain and data management services to customers across a wide range of industries. With origins stretching back to 1864 and operations in more than 100 countries, our experts are dedicated to helping customers make the world safer, smarter and greener.
As one of the world’s leading certification bodies, we help businesses assure the performance of their organizations, products, people, facilities and supply chains through certification, verification, assessment and training services. Partnering with our customers, we build sustainable business performance and create stakeholder trust across all types of industries.
About the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS)
The AWS is a global membership-based collaboration uniting organizations behind the mission statement:To lead a global network that promotes responsible use of freshwater that is socially and economically beneficial and environmentally sustainable. This is achieved through a global water stewardship system, centred on the AWS International Water Stewardship Standard (the AWS Standard), that drives, recognizes and rewards good water stewardship performance.
The AWS Standard provides a globally applicable framework for major water users to understand their water use and impacts, and to work collaboratively and transparently for sustainable water management within a catchment context.