When businesses expand they are often faced with space challenges and the dilemma of whether to move to a new location or add additional location(s) nearby that will operate as a “campus”. Factored into the decision should be how additional locations may affect your R2 certification and the total cost. The R2 Code of Practices offers a solution that can be beneficial for growing companies: a “Campus Allowance.”
A Campus Allowance enables a company with multiple addresses operating together in the same metropolitan area to be certified together under a single R2 certificate. All included locations must operate under the same management structure and the same EH&S management system. Although a site visit of each facility is still required, auditing a single management system that applies to all facilities can significantly reduce the audit time and costs. Additionally, SERI only requires one R2 license for all facilities listed on a campus certificate.
For example, a company that stages materials at a warehouse, then transfers repairable equipment to a different site for refurbishing, and recyclable material to yet another site for further processing would be eligible for a campus allowance -- as long as they are operating under the same management system in the same metropolitan area. Allowances do not change the R2 Standard requirements, but they can simplify things and reduce costs – in this case, three separate reviews of the same management system would not be required. Allowances must be verified and approved by the Certification Body and identified on the R2 Certificate.