How does the label work for organisations?
To earn the label, government departments, institutions and businesses have to meet the FFITS.ORG labeling requirements and follow the specific program guidelines.
There are 3 labeling categories:
- End User Computing
- Enterprise and Data Centre
- ICT as a Low Carbon Enabler
The licensing guidelines cover items including the correct use of the FFITS.ORG trade mark, and compliance with the Code of Practice. From time to time we randomly select a number of licensees and carry out an independent audit to ensure businesses continue to comply with the various requirements under the licensee criteria.
What are the steps to certify my business for the Green IT label?
- Complete the Online Certification Label Survey.
- Agree to the Code of Practice, Logo Usage Guidelines, Trademark Licensing Agreement.
- Choose the label you would like to display on your website.
- Paste the special label code into your web pages and or download the label email signatures or logos to display your label to the world.
Do you audit certified companies?
Yes. We will from time to time randomly select a number of licensees and carry out an independent audit to ensure businesses continue to comply with the various requirements under the licensee criteria.
What the label will look like on my website?
We provide you with a label that you can place on your site to promote your commitment to climate change. After you have joined, you will be able to select the label you comply with, that you can place anywhere on your website. Some people like to place their various accreditation badges along the bottom whilst others like to make them more prominent.
Is this just an Australian initiative?
No. The FFITS.ORG campaign has been developed as a global campaign.
How can I trust the declaration from the campaign supporters?
As a part of the licensing code of practice and license agreement, we will from time to time randomly select a number of licensees and carry out an independent audit to ensure businesses continue to comply with the various requirements under the licensee criteria.
Should it be determined that they do not comply with the criteria under the FFITS.ORG campaign, we reserve the license to revoke any license that has been issued.
What is the FFITS.ORG labelling initiative?
The FFITS.ORG label asserts a public commitment by the licensees to reduce their technology environmental footprint.
Why has the FFITS.ORG campaign been launched?
There has been an increase in the demand from consumers and business for organisations and government to publicly disclose their carbon reduction strategy. The FFITS.ORG campaign and label gives recognition to those organisations that are actively pursuing an IT carbon reduction strategy. This also allows consumers and businesses to factor into their purchasing decision the policies of the organisation they are either dealing with today or may look to deal with in the future.
What will the FFITS.ORG label do?
The FFITS.ORG label is the centralised portal for environmentally conscious organisations and their consumers. The label will demonstrate your commitment to reducing your environmental footprint. Displaying your organisations commitment to the environment and your IT carbon reduction strategy will empower consumers and business partners to make informed decision on working with your organisation, assist with customer loyalty, and will also help capture new markets.
How can I get involved?
There are many ways you can get involved. The easiest is to implement power management settings on your own computer in the home or in the office. You could also ensure you chose the most environmentally friendly computers when you buy a new one; and make sure you dispose of your computer in the most environmentally friendly way by researching green electronics recyclers in your area.
If you are in an corporate or government environment, you should encourage your IT department to implement the most environmentally friendly technology options. Contact us to obtain further information or provide our contact details to your IT department.
What is the incentive for home users, businesses and government to join the campaign?
Regardless of the type of user supporting the campaign, the incentive to join is knowing that you are doing your part to assist with this global issue and you are creating a better environment for generations to come. BTW, there are also some substantial saving to be made on your power bill.
For businesses and government departments, recent research shows that consumers and businesses see climate change as the primary issue likely to impact on their corporate reputation over the coming few years. Your commitment to this campaign demonstrates your intent to take action on climate change and will produce benefits in the form of customer loyalty, and the capture of new markets.