UKFast again demonstrates its commitment to staying ahead of the curve, as it becomes amongst the very first cloud providers in the world to gain the ISO 14001:2015 standard for environmental management.
The new standard, released earlier this month, requires a demonstrable board-level commitment to the latest responsible environmental management methods and adoption of a common structure to encourage consistency across management.
UKFast’s enviable position as being one of the first organisations to have gone through the transition process has been made possible by partnering with Alcumus ISOQAR, one of just a handful of certification bodies to have taken part in the UKAS ISO 14001:2015 “Early Adopter” scheme.
Of its Early Adopter status, Nikki Samme, Alcumus ISOQAR Director says: “We are delighted to have been part of the UKAS Early Adopter scheme. Like all other participants in the scheme, we are awaiting formal notification of accreditation award from UKAS which will be confirmed imminently”.
Samme continues; “This achievement is the culmination of a great deal of hard work by the Alcumus ISOQAR technical and auditing teams and means that we maintain our position as a true leader in management system certification. Our head start on the new standard means that we will be able to offer accredited certification to our clients as soon as they demand it. It further enhances our reputation for providing a simple, efficient and approachable service”.
By demonstrating its commitment to environmental performance with the best practice framework ISO 14001, UKFast has laid strong foundations to engage in providing G-Cloud services – cloud computing services for public sector bodies, and CEO Lawrence Jones MBE is firmly focussed on being at the forefront of the industry when it comes to business continuity and environmental responsibility. UKFast are now looking to achieve certification to the internationally recognised Business Continuity Standard, ISO 22301.
Jones explains: “Potential clients need to see that hosting firms are committed to monitoring and regulation and be assured that the people they trust with their critical data and services are managed in a stable and continuous way. We believe that almost all other hosting providers globally are still operating to the previous ISO 14001:2004 standard. We are leading the way in the industry and this move shows we are committed to improving how we audit and monitor every aspect of the business.”
Nikki Samme was delighted to present UKFast with their certificate at their state-of-the-art Head Office in Manchester. Samme comments: “The revised ISO 14001 standard demands a high degree of leadership commitment and is underpinned by risk- based thinking. UKFast’s successful transition is testament to the positive engagement of colleagues at all levels from the CEO down, and demonstrates a clear desire to embrace the standard as a fundamental element of its growth and customer focus strategies”.
The new ISO 14001: 2015 standard contains key improvements that include:
- A greater commitment from leadership
- An increased alignment with strategic direction
- Greater protection for the environment, with a focus on proactive initiatives
- More effective communication, driven through a communications strategy
- Life-cycle thinking, considering each stage of a product or service, from development to end-of-life