Founded in 1919, CSA is a not-for-profit standards organization comprised of representatives from industry, government and consumer groups. In addition to certification and testing activities, CSA Group manages the ISO 14000 series of Environmental Management standards on behalf of the Standards Council of `Canada and is accredited by the American National Standards Institute.
CSA Group has 36 sites in 15 countries, a number of which are testing facilities with unique emission sources. Between 2001 and 2009, CSA underwent a series of organizational changes, including the acquisition of the China-based OnSpex division and the UK-based SIRA sites. From FY2006 to FY2009, CSA conducted their assessments internally using spreadsheets, which required significant time and maintenance each year. As managers of the ISO 14000 series, the assessments needed to be in compliance with both the Corporate GHG Protocol and ISO-14064-1.