World’s leading certification body, CDG assists organizations in making perfection a habit
In this expeditiously globalizing business landscape of India, modeling businesses in line with international standards inarguably holds prime significance not only to improve business performance but also to gain competitive advantage and sustainable growth. To meet global standards, it is mandatory for businesses to acquire internationally recognized certifications that would testify the quality of their services. The profoundness of the need incited the entrepreneurial spirit in Shashi Shekhar, a veteran from the certification industry, to set up a certification body that would empower Indian companies to establish their brand identity & to streamline their processes as per international norms.
Shashi established CDG Certification Limited as an independent certification body that houses a dedicated team of highly experienced professionals, who offer the latest in systems certification and promote quality concepts. CDG’s portfolio envelops several verticals namely Certification based on different international & national standards, Inspection for (product / company / factory), Testing services and Verification & Training. The service offerings in Certification are categorized into Management System Certification & Product Certification. Management system standards are related to different aspects of business like quality assurance, environment management, occupational health & safety etc., while product certification is based on different international product standards. The firm conducts product testing as per different product conformity standards of ISO, DIN, IEC, ASTM, ANSI, BISMA etc. CDG provides training services for lead auditor training, internal auditor training & awareness training in compliance with global standards such as ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015 and OHSAS 18001 etc. Also, the company has been accredited as an ISO 17021-1:2015 company by an accreditation board approved by IAF that proves its competence in management system certification.
CDG is one of the pioneering certification bodies in India which started rendering help to Indian companies for US FDA registration mainly food product exporters. Also, it is the first one in this space to provide consultancy & compliance services for C-TPAT audits (CBP) by US custom. Not to mention, it is one of those few organizations that provide testing & compliance services for ANSI/BIFMA standards.
In a chat with The CEO Magazine, Mr. Shashi Shekhar speaks about what encouraged his passion for entrepreneurship, “With more and more Indian business houses venturing into international market, the dire need for internationally acclaimed certification providers took shape as such certifications are quintessential for trust building with overseas buyers. Initially very few international players were offering these services in Indian market & their presence was limited to big business houses only. CDG is founded with the profound vision of empowering the ever expanding SME sector in India with these certifications to open the gates of growth and success for them.”
The company was established as a proprietorship entity in New Delhi in 2007. It grew into a public limited company in the year 2012. The company achieved growth at a fast pace and expanded its footprints across pan India establishing its offices in New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore & Kolkata and more. The year 2013 witnessed a remarkable growth for CDG as it kicked off its overseas operations with its presence in Egypt, Iran, Dubai, Mauritius, Nepal & UK. Since inception, CDG has educated a large number of small & medium enterprises, which now comply with international standards. CDG has certified more than 20,000 clients in India till now and holds biggest market share leading all Indian players in the space. CDG’s rich clientele covers SMEs, PSUs, Banks & government departments (like Rajputana Rifles & Western Railway) also. CDG is now coming up with online training portal where anyone can opt for online courses related to international standards.
Speaking of what enables CDG to rise above others, Mr. Shashi Shekhar briefs, “Since its establishment CDG focused on quality & transparency in its audit processes. It has been our prime objective ever since to add value to clients’ working system and products & services. We have always strictly adhered to our principle of not entering into any tie up with consultants and agents; this is a guaranteed assurance of relevancy of our certification process and highest standards of CDG certificates. Our core strength is the pool of highly qualified auditors & technical experts. We never compromise on employee competency and always go for selection of the best. At CDG employees get opportunity to think & implement their productive ideas within their scope of work. Our values brought more customers to us and gradually achieved the status of a coveted brand in Indian certification industry. It has become possible only due to word of mouth advertisement by our satisfied customers.”
Words of Wisdom
“Being a successful entrepreneur frequently involves a series of mistakes before finally nailing the right idea or business. You may have to face very hard times but you should never give up. You must venture into the field in which you have experience and knowledge”- says, Shashi Shekhar-Founder & CEO, CDG Certification