If you have worked through the course and feel that your business has reached a sufficient level, you may wish to apply for Monitored Self-Assessment Certification.
This certification requires you to complete the parts of the course that are appropriate to your business. If you have no employees, you can miss out the Workplace section although:
- If you are a charity or not-for-profit organisation, Q10 in Workplace Part 2 may be relevant if you have volunteers and/or any other unpaid personnel;
- Consider specififically if Q10 in Workplace Part 2 may be relevant as this relates to working with contractors and freelancers;
- Although not necessary to complete certification, it may be worth working through the workplace section as an information resource for future expansion plans.
You will also need to complete and submit the full self-assessment spreadsheets to include brief comments as to why you have scored yourself accordingly. If you already have certifications in any areas they can be ported across: you will need to provide details of the certification but will not need to complete the relevant section if you do not wish to do so.
Using the scoring sheet, ensure your overall score is at leat 65% with no individual section less than 45%.
You will also be required to confirm that you have completed the course and provided accurate information and sign the following pledge:
We hereby pledge to operate our business in an honest an ethical manner; to consider people and the environment when making business decisions; and endeavour to make a positive contribution to the local community and society at large.
If your business specifially provides advisory services to other businesses, you may also commit to the Business Advisors Pledge if appropriate:
“I pledge to operate my business in an honest an ethical manner; to consider people and the environment when making business decisions; and endeavour to make a positive contribution to the local community and society at large. As part of this pledge, I am committed to sharing responsible business practices with my clients and encouraging them to operate their businesses accordingly.”
Monitored Self-Assessment Certification is assessed by an internal ORB moderator.
If the application is approved, a Monitored Self-Assessment Certificate will be issued but there is no entitlement to use any of the Responsible Business/Social Value logos.
If your application is approved, this would also provide an optional CPD Certification route if required. There would be no need to submit an essay and just a small additional administration fee would be required to process and issue the additional CPD Certificate.
There is no requirement to re-apply unless you wish to. However, if you are a member of the Organisation for Responsible Businesses with a preferred listing in the members Responsible Business Directory, you will be required to renew the certification within 3 years to retain that preferred listing.