Gaining an SSIP certificate is just the first step to your business’s compliance. Once you’ve gone through the process of securing your health & safety accreditation you may wish to look at other areas of compliance.
As more clients ask for compliance on other areas, we have given you the ability to self-upload documents in these areas to help show clients that you’re thinking about areas such as environmental, anti-bribery & corruption, quality management, financial and modern slavery.
Our Preferred Supplier package is based on a similar question set to the PAS91 and therefore if you have already completed a PAS 91, passing a SMAS certificate for those further areas should be simple, as long as our assessors feel they’re up to standard and meet criteria.
If you’re starting from scratch in relation to these further areas, we have templates and guidance to help you when submitting the information for those areas and our in-house assessors are available to help you along the way to accreditation.
One of the most important areas of further compliance is being able to demonstrate how your business considers and reduces its environmental impacts. Lots of clients are looking at their supply chain’s environmental quality and if you’re able to show that your business is doing everything it can you may have an advantage over other companies when clients are searching for sub-contractors.
Having quality management procedures in place that are endorsed by senior management shows that your business is committed to providing a quality service or product. Clients will have confidence in choosing a company that are committed to a high quality of workmanship as sub-standard work on their sites will likely crop up when they run checks over any completed work, so knowing the standard of your work is high could remove any snagging on their end.
Financial & Business:
Submitting information about your business’s financial status helps to prove to any potential client that your business is stable and that there isn’t a chance of your business going into administration and therefore not being able to finish off the work. If a contractor goes into administration the client will be forced to find someone else and it will delay the work and push the completion date back.
Modern Slavery & Anti-Bribery:
The final stage of further compliance is modern slavery and anti-bribery. Making sure that your workforce is treated fairly and are not being exploited is extremely important. Client can’t risk working with anyone who’s workforce is being treated unfairly or is susceptible to trafficking. Showing a commitment to these areas will give them peace of mind that they won’t be the subject of loss of materials or workers not turning up due to poor working standards.
Preferred Supplier Reviewed:
If your business is looking to optimise its compliance you may be interested in our reviewed package. Our reviewed package will mean that one of our assessors will check over all documents submitted for any of the further areas and make sure they’re relevant and up to date with the work your business is doing.
When clients are searching for contractors those who have the reviewed package will be highlighted to them and they’re more likely to choose a contractor who’s documents have been reviewed compared to one who has the self-upload only.