The verification process

Learn more about our verification protocol and what the process entails


Having a verified reporting system can meet the needs of all kinds of stakeholders, from investors, regulatory bodies, company boards, employees, customers, and others. But what is verification and how does the verification process work?

Sustainability reporting is usually cyclical, most often done manually. It is up to the reporting organisation to define its reporting cycle. Verification of reporting systems is used to demonstrate compliance to the requirements defined in the DNV Verification Protocol for Sustainability Reporting.

How do I become verified by DNV? 

Our verification process usually consists of five phases. However, depending on the time constraints and scale of the verification project, these steps may be merged during the verification process.

1. Define scope 

DNV's verification process begins by defining the verification scope. This is something our lead auditor does together with you.

2. Planning of verification process 

After the scope has been agreed upon, we perform a general desk-study assessment. This serves as the basis for a detailed plan for the verification.

3. Actual verification 

Usually a combination of head office and site level verification is necessary. They can be carried out in parallel, and the findings at the head office level may trigger investigations at the site level or vice versa.

4. Verification report 

Nearing completion, we present our findings in a detailed verification report to senior management. In the verification report, our lead auditor may identify opportunities for improvement as well as strengths of the existing practices during the verification process. This information is valuable for your organisation in order to plan for and continually improve your processes.

The verification report is treated as a confidential document between your organisation and DNV as the verifier.

5. Assurance statement issued 

The main output from the verification process is an assurance statement. It reflects the findings from the assessment. The assurance statement is intended for disclosure in the public domain. We recommended that the assurance statement is included in your organisation's sustainability report. However, it is up to you to decide how and where to disclose the assurance statement.

Are stakeholders involved in the process? 

Stakeholders can be engaged at any stage of the process described above, subject to agreement with the reporting organisation.

At various stages of the verification processes, the verifier should at its own discretion be able to consult or visit stakeholders to obtain information deemed necessary to clarify any unclear or crucial issues related to the verification activities being performed. However, there has to be a clear agreement on this between the verifier and the reporting organisation prior to the verification process.

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