Environmental Audits

Protecting the environment is good business. It can reduce the risk of unwarranted legal attacks and serve as an important tool in your defense. Environmental assessments and audits available from Validus can help producers implement best management practices, manage risk, secure credit and qualify for environmental insurance. We offer Environmental Audits for dairy, swine, and egg and poultry operations.

Environmental Review Assessment/Pre-Audit
Comprehensive Validus environmental assessments and audits are based on accepted industry standards and best management practices, including the Good Environmental Livestock Production Practices (GELPPs), a set of standards developed by the livestock industry and verified by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

The assessment/pre-audit includes:

Step 1: Entrance Interview with owner/manager
Step 2: On-site Assessment
Step 3: Exit Interview with owner/manager
Step 4: Written Assessment Report and Certificate

At the conclusion of an assessment, producers receive a report comparing the operation’s environmental management practices to the standards. If any challenges are identified, the producer will receive complete recommendations for meeting the performance standards.

The Environmental Review covers the following areas:

  • General site
  • Buildings
  • Sheds and lots
  • Manure storage
  • Nutrient utilization
  • Mortality management

Environmental Review Audit
The audit is an independent, third-party verification of on-farm environmental practices. This audit focuses on current consumer industry concerns in a “Yes/No” question format. The auditor will explain his or her findings during an exit briefing and provide the client with a copy of the audit findings.

Environmental Review is the environmental component of the DairyCARE standard.  Learn more here.


Nursery Sod Growers Association of Ontario
Validus is the third-party auditing firm for the Nursery Sod Growers Association (NSGA) of Ontario Green Certification Program. The objective of the program is to increase the level of professionalism in the sod industry and promote awareness of the sustainable practices used by sod growers. To learn more about this program visit the NSGA web site at: www.nsgao.com/green-certification

Click here to review the Environmental Review Audit Standard. 

For more information, contact:
Matt Jones, Vice President of Auditing, 515-278-8002