GreenBizCheck, a global technology-based environmental certification program for business has come in at number 31 in Australia’s Top 50 start-ups at the 2012 StartupSmart Awards.
The 2012 StartupSmart Awards, sponsored by Pitcher Partners, celebrate Australia’s most innovative and fastest growing start-ups. This year, the awards featured more than 160 entrants and shined a spotlight on the best ideas and new businesses in the country.
“Our concept helps companies to quickly implement sustainable environmental practices which rapidly increase profits, attract new business, conserve energy, water, resources and minimise waste.” said co-founder Tony Hall.
Companies are provided with a 260-point online assessment, with immediate reporting and action planning.
Points are awarded for compliance and implementation of each element of the assessment. Companies are then given guidance on the necessary steps to achieve certification.
“We also help them market their credentials to win new business and meet supplier and customer standards,” Hall commented.
Hall says he and business partner Nicholas Bernhardt were “normal, active business people” who were concerned about the impact of climate change, and wanted to put their skills, experience and contacts to good use.
“We wanted to create an online, resource-efficient, user-friendly tool. We researched the current technologies available but found nothing that was appropriate,”.
“Instead, we had to hire a programmer, research various standards and create our own online bespoke system. This was very time-consuming and costly but the end result is a unique system.”
According to Hall, the best part of starting the business was the excitement that comes with creating a company that is helping to protect and conserve the planet’s natural resources.
“GreenBizCheck is all about helping businesses become more sustainable while also creating significant cost-saving opportunities,” Hall says.
“We practice what we preach and are gold-certified ourselves. We have also undergone ISO14001 certification and been audited by the world’s largest audit and certification body, Bureau Veritas.”
GreenBizCheck has been growing at such a rapid rate since its 2007 inception that that company has since franchised and has many opportunities available across Australia and internationally for interested business professionals.
Visit GreenBizCheck’s write up on the Start-Up Smart Awards site - http://www.startupsmart.com.au/startupsmart-awards-2012/greenbizcheck.html