All organisations have to comply with health, safety and environmental (HSE) legislation. However, it’s a long, drawn-out process that usually involves trawling through complicated legalese, spreadsheets and sometimes guessing which pieces of legislation apply to an organisation, or what to do about it.
iCOR is the digital audit solution that makes it easy for organisations (in any sector) to navigate and comply with HSE legislation, combining expert knowledge with the genuine desire to help organisations improve their sustainability goals – for people, planet and profit.
A key area of focus is using the power of the law to change the system. We know that sustainability will ultimately be achieved through regulation – it will align with the goals and processes of thousands of businesses into one force for good. iCOR will help to protect the environment, health and well-being and manage risk for organisations by improving competence, awareness, and communication to establish confidence in their compliance status.
Our mission is to make it easy for businesses to harness the law so doing the right thing becomes exciting and, dare we say, enjoyable!
By completing a simple self-audit questionnaire, iCOR will build a custom compliance register with legislation that is directly applicable to organisational activities and will help in understanding what is required in order to ensure and demonstrate compliance – without the requirement for a specialist consultant.
iCOR is designed to provide organisations with confidence in their compliance status, ultimately serving to:
- Being able to demonstrate and evidence compliance against relevant HSE legislation
- Manage and mitigate against the risk of causing pollution or environmental harm
- Meeting the needs and expectations of stakeholders through transparent and robust governance and risk management
- Showing progress towards net-zero, sustainable development and triple-bottom-line sustainability for people, the planet and profit
- Increase education, engagement and collaboration amongst teams to improve environmental performance
Current offerings require expert knowledge of legislation and the time to trawl through hundreds of pieces of legislation or complex questions.
iCOR’s innovation is rooted in the AI-driven self-audit, using a custom logic engine to only ask the relevant questions, build the legal register and highlight areas of non-conformity in the most succinct and user-friendly way.
The self-led audit will highlight areas of good practice, as well as risks of non-conformity and opportunities for improvement, that enable collaboration across multi-disciplinary Leadership Teams to create remedial actions that track organisation performance against government legislation.
Services we offer
- Environmental Legislation
- Environmental Audit
- Legal Compliance
- Risk Management
Support we offer
Within the UK, organisations are faced with a significant challenge to understanding what environmental, health & safety (HSE) legislation applies to their activities and operations, and more so, face difficulty in demonstrating this to stakeholders.
The key challenges faced by organisations include:
- Complex Compliance Process: The complex nature of legislation poses significant challenges for businesses, making it difficult to navigate and ensure adherence to regulations.
- Time and Resource Constraints: Limited time and resources pose obstacles to effective HSE compliance. Businesses require a solution that optimises workforce efficiency and minimises costs.
- Expert Knowledge: Navigating HSE legislation requires specialised knowledge. Businesses need access to experts in legislation to ensure accurate and reliable compliance.
- Risk of Prosecution: Non-compliance can lead to legal prosecution, fines, and reputational damage. Businesses need a reliable solution to protect against prosecution and minimise legal risks. In 2021/22, the HSE reported that 1.8 million working people suffered from work-related illnesses & injuries, costing £18.8 billion, while the Environment Agency brought 495 charges for water pollution and 386 for waste pollution with no limits on the fins for environmental offences. The EA has stated that they wish to“impose much higher fines for serious pollution incidents”, emphasising that “offenders can now expect criminal prosecutions for less serious environmental incidents where once the Environment Agency would have used civil powers. We would like to see prison sentences for Chief Executives and Board members whose companies are responsible for the most serious incidents.”
- Ever-Changing Regulations: Legislation is subject to frequent updates and changes, making it challenging for businesses to stay up-to-date and adapt their compliance practices accordingly.
- Anticipating Future Obligations: Health, safety and environmental obligations are expected to increase in the future. Businesses must be prepared for this rise and proactively adapt their compliance practices.
- External Accreditation: ISO Standards, EcoVadis, ESG and B-Corps accreditation all require systems & processes to manage compliance HSE obligations
- Sustainability Strategies: Businesses increasingly recognise the importance of sustainable practices, but developing and implementing effective sustainability strategies can be overwhelming without the right tools and expertise. They need a practical solution to manage their regulatory obligations so they can determine where to do better.
iCOR combines expert knowledge of UK environmental legislation with the genuine desire to help organisations improve their sustainability goals and stay protected – foundational compliance is rooted in organisational risk management considerations.
iCOR is a disruptor in the legal register assist market — we know our competitors and we are doing things differently. Current offerings require expert knowledge and the time to trawl through hundreds of pieces of legislation or complex questions, whereas iCOR’s innovation is rooted in the Al-driven self-audit, using a custom logic engine to only ask the relevant questions, build custom legal registers and highlight areas of nonconformity in the most succinct and accessible way.
iCOR is an especially important tool to protect the environment, health and well-being and manage risk for organisations by improving competence, awareness, and communication to establish confidence in their compliance status.
Our mission is to make it easy for businesses to harness the law so doing the right thing becomes exciting and enjoyable.
iCOR will directly support UK Government priorities for Social Value, Sustainable Development, Net-Zero and supply chain transparency, which will ultimately be achieved through the regulatory framework. Beyond simply meeting the baseline legislative requirements, the aspiration is that the ease of operation and access to information of iCOR will encourage businesses to take further initiatives to improve their own policies, processes and business performance in line with the goal of triple bottom-lined sustainability (equity and equality for people, planet, profit).
Sustainability has three pillars — people, planet, and profit. It is a complex topic and as with any change, if you don’t measure your impact, it isn’t possible to demonstrate progress and or manage it effectively. There are over 400 worldwide Sustainability accreditations that provide a framework to help organisations measure, report, track progress and set goals to increase their sustainability performance and they all start with implementing processes to understand and manage compliance obligations.
One of the more mainstream frameworks comes from the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) – an international non-governmental organisation that develops and publishes a wide range of standards for independent verification performance. In the UK alone over the past 12 months, accreditation against ISO14001 (Environmental Management) has increased by 13% and ISO45001 (Health and Safety) has increased by 48% covering approximately 2 million sites – each of which would need a mechanism to demonstrate compliance.
The UK Government states “It is important for large organisations to be transparent and accountable, not just to investors but to other groups including employees, consumers and the public whose lives are affected by their business activity. Due diligence processes and reporting are essential management tools that improve risk identification and long-term social, environmental as well as financial performance.”
Aligned with international Sustainability standards and frameworks, we have recognised the areas that organisations typically struggle to demonstrate their status of compliance. In the last year, we have developed iCOR into a robust risk management solution, which is allowing us to engage with larger organisations with higher regulatory responsibilities, and therefore the greater capacity for causing health, safety or environmental harm; and are looking for more efficient and effective ways of managing these.
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