Certification against the AWS Standard is a mark of having met the global benchmark for good water stewardship.

AWS certification has three levels: Core, Gold and Platinum.

Higher levels of certification are designed to drive continual improvement and stronger collaboration on shared water challenges.

AWS certificates are issued by independent conformity assessment bodies (CABs) who have achieved AWS interim accreditation. Only CABs with AWS interim accreditation are authorized to issue AWS certificates.

Steps to Certification

Your route to certification has six key steps:

  1. Download the AWS Standard and familiarize yourself with the intent, the criteria and the indicators
  2. Register your intent to implement water stewardship with AWS by downloading, completing and submitting the site registration form
  3. Implement the AWS Standard:
  4. Get in touch with a CAB with AWS interim accreditation (below) to discuss the process, requirements and give you an estimate of time and cost of certification
  5. Get your site audited
  6. AWS certification achieved! If you conform with the AWS criteria your site’s certificate will be valid for three years, subject to successful surveillance audits.

Full requirements for certification can be read here.

AWS Accredited CABs

On this page we maintain an up-to-date list of conformity assessment bodies (CABs) with AWS accreditation for our region. For a full list of accredited CABs globally, see the AWS website.

Bureau Veritas Certification (Beijing) Co. Ltd
AWS interim accreditation since September 2015
Scope: Worldwide, subject to availability of suitably qualified expertise
Website: http://www.bureauveritas.cn/

AWS interim accreditation since October 2015
Scope: Global
Website: http://www.bmtrada.com/en-gb

SGS United Kingdom Ltd
AWS interim accreditation since January 2016
Scope: Africa, Latin America, South-East Asia and the Pacific
Website: http://www.sgs.com/

TÜV Rheinland (China) Ltd.
AWS interim accreditation since September 2015
Scope: Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, India, US, Japan, Australia, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Bangladesh
Website: http://www.tuv.com/en/greater_china/home.jsp

AWS Certified Sites

US multi-national Ecolab was the first to have a site certified to the AWS Standard in 2015 in China. Australian poultry producer Inghams quickly followed.

The experience of both Inghams and Ecolob was that AWS certification improved plant performance, both environmental and financial, improved staff morale and engaged both sites in outreach on water issues to their local communities, customers and suppliers.

See here for AWS Certified sites around the world.

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