Process · Overview

Join the 4C Certification Process - Step by Step


4C Units – Step by Step

Step 1: Application for Certification

  • Make a diagnosis of the compliance level of all BPs to the 4C System
  • Confirm that no Unacceptable Practices of the 4C Code of Conduct exist in the 4C Unit
  • Implement the principles of the 4C Code of Conduct within the 4C Unit
  • Create and implement an Internal Management System (IMS) for the 4C Unit and its related documents
  • Fill in and prepare the application documents for verification and send them to Certification Body
  • Receive approval to the application

Step 2: Certification Process

  • Select a 4C Services approved certification body
  • Schedule the on-site audit directly with the chosen certification body
  • Read the audit report, endorse it and return it to the auditor of the certification body
  • Receive a validation on certification from 4C Services (in case of a negative decision, you must restart from Step 1)

Step 3: Maintenance of Certificate

  • Design and implement sustainability improvement actions according to the requirements of the 4C Code of Conduct
  • Measure the results and impact of the improvement plan
  • Send to 4C Services an updated set of documents (2 updates in a 3 year cycle)
  • Receive 4C approval to the annual updated documents
  • Apply for renewal of certificate (before 3 year cycle ends)