What Corporate Governance means
Corporate Governance for International Certifications is defined as a set of formal systems, processes and principles that ensure that the company is governed in the best interest of all the stakeholders (clients, shareholders, employees, government authorities and the general public).
The Governing Board are responsible for leading the development and execution of the Company’s long term strategy with a view to ensuring organisational objectives are met. It is also ultimately responsible for all day-to-day top management decisions and for implementation of the Company’s long and short term plans. It acts as a direct liaison between the Advisory Board and management of the Company. It communicates on behalf of the Company to shareholders, employees, Government authorities, other stakeholders and where applicable the public.
The most important responsibilities are:
• creating a culture of excellence
• building the senior management team
• ensuring compliance with legislation, regulations, applicable standards and codes of practice
• growing the International network
• ensuring International Certifications remain a source of authority within the certification industry
• ensuring International Certifications offer value adding assessment services to all clients
• managing financial and physical resources
The Advisory Committee consists of at least one Governing Board member and independent members who are not employees of International Certifications. The independent members are selected to represent a wide range of interests (with no one interest predominating) in which the company operates.
ISO 17021:2013 includes a huge focus on maintaining impartiality and having an independent Advisory Committee is just one way we ensure that impartiality is an integral component of our organisation.
Our Management Team is made up of extremely experienced individuals who have the responsibility to manage the day-to-day activities of International Certifications. They hold specific executive powers conferred onto them with and by authority of the board of directors and/or the shareholders.
International Certifications understands the importance of impartiality whilst conducting management system certification activities.
Being impartial, and being perceived to be impartial, is necessary for International Certifications to deliver certification that provides confidence to all stakeholders (Clients, Owners, Staff, General Public, etc.).
It is well recognized that our source of revenue is from our clients paying for certification, and that this could be perceived to be a potential threat to impartiality. In our view clients are not paying for certification, they are paying for the International Certifications assessment services and if they comply with requirements we issue certification as per the agreed quotation.
To obtain and maintain confidence, it is essential that International Certification’s decisions are based on objective evidence of conformity (or non-conformity) obtained by the Assessment Team, and that our decisions are not influenced by other interests or by other parties.
International Certifications and any part of the same legal entity does not offer or provide any management system consultancy services including internal audit services for its certified clients.