AWS certification is a mark of having met the global benchmark for responsible water stewardship.
Water-using sites that are certified against the AWS Standard demonstrate the efficacy of their water stewardship practice through independent verification.
Certificate holders tell us that achieving AWS certification helps in:
Certification against the AWS Standard
The AWS Standard offers a credible, globally-applicable framework for water users to understand their own water use and impacts, while working collaboratively and transparently with others to manage catchment resources sustainably.
The AWS Standard was developed through a four-year multi-stakeholder consultation process that sought to set up a system that could be implemented by any site, in any sector, in any catchment around the world. The AWS Standard is the only water standard that is fully compliant with the stringent guidelines of the International Social and Environmental Accreditation and Labelling (ISEAL) Alliance.
Sites opting to become AWS certified are evaluated by neutral, expert, third-party conformity assessment bodies (CABs) accredited by AWS. Certificates are valid for three years, subject to successful annual surveillance audits.
There are three levels of site certification: Core, Gold and Platinum. Core certification indicates satisfactory compliance with the core criteria of the AWS Standard, while Gold and Platinum certification are awarded to sites that demonstrate higher levels of performance by complying with the Standard’s advanced criteria.