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ABC’s 2012-2016 Strategic Plan Illustrates Dedication to Certification Program Members and the Environmental Certification Industry

ANKENY, Iowa – (September 7, 2011) Achieving ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 accreditation, developing and implementing new ABC products, and expanding the membership base are a few of the strategic goals included in the Association of Boards of Certification (ABC) 2012-2016 Strategic Plan. Kim Dyches, Strategic Planning Committee Chair, says Association success encouraged the committee to “think big” when envisioning ABC’s future.

"Our previous five-year strategic plan was achieved in three because of the dedication of ABC volunteer leadership, committee members, and staff,” explained Dyches, who is also a Board of Directors member. He says the committee spent two days discussing every area of ABC and the harsh realities and increasing needs faced by member water and wastewater certification programs.

“Environmental certifiers have tough jobs. While staff and budgets are shrinking, regulations are still there, and certifiers are being asked to do more with less. This plan identifies key issues, goals, and objectives that ABC can fulfill to assist our member programs in meeting the challenges they face in their daily roles,” he said.

Led by a professional facilitator, the committee’s work also included revising ABC’s mission statement and objectives, and writing the organization’s first vision statement. In June all pieces were approved by the ABC Board of Directors who expressed enthusiasm about the strategic initiatives that lie ahead for the non-profit organization and environmental certification industry.

"We look forward to spending 2012 recognizing our 40th anniversary,” said Jenny Chambers, president. “There is no better time to celebrate the advancements of the industry, our member program’s role as we move forward, and the future direction of environmental certification,” she said. “It’s truly an exciting milestone for our organization.”

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