How will ISO certification provide your business with competitive advantage?

In today’s era, every organization is required to develop their management strategies with a forward-thinking mindset in order to stay competitive on both local and global market. One of the fundamental foundations to form a successful strategy for your businesses is the management system as it specifies how work is performed, the desired outcomes, and the controls imposed to ensure outcome.

WHAT IS ISO CERTIFICATION?

Management system certification standards developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) certifies that a management system, manufacturing process, service or documentation procedure meets all standardization and quality assurance, which assist an organization in better controlling the quality of an organization’s processes.

ISO certifications standards are available in nearly every industry, including manufacturing industry, small and medium sized enterprises, construction industry, transport and logistic industry and so on. Organizations that use standards in their business practices can assure their customers that their products and services are safe, dependable, and of high quality.

THE OBJECTIVES OF ISO

The ISO was established to accesses the quality of an organization’s processes rather than the products or services the processes create. The ISO standards are made up of requirements, specifications, and guidelines that businesses must adhere to:

  1. Improve product and service quality and safety.
  2. Conserve the environment
  3. Provide protection from adverse conditions of products
  4. Strive for continuous improvement
  5. And more.

HOW ISO CERTIFICATION HELPS?

ISO 9001- Quality Management

ISO 9001 evaluates the appropriateness and effectiveness of your Quality Management System while requiring you to identify and implement improvements. ISO 9001 primarily applies to businesses involved with regulated products or services, as well as their efforts to design and manufacture quality into products. A quality management system is defined as a formalised system that documents processes, procedures, and responsibilities for achieving quality policies and objectives.

Adhere to the ISO 9001 standard indicates a company:

  1. Has a formalized practice of consistently delivering high quality, safe and effective products.
  2. Is committed to continuous improvement to assures customers benefit by receiving products/ services that meet their requirement and that you deliver consistent performance.
  3. Is dedicated to building trust and loyalty through positive customer experiences.
ISO 14001- Environmental Management

ISO 14001 is a globally recognised standard that specifies the requirements for an environmental management system. It assists organizations identify, manage, monitor and control their environmental issues in by making better use of resources and reducing waste. Unlike other ISO standards that use a High-Level Structure, ISO 14001 can be integrated easily into any existing ISO management system.

There are numerous reasons why a company should adopt a strategic approach to improving its environmental performance. Users of the standard have reported that ISO 14001 is beneficial in the following ways:

  1. Demonstrate compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements.
  2. Improve company reputation and the confidence of stakeholders via strategic communication.
  3. Achieve strategic business objectives by integrating environmental issues into business management.
  4. Encourage better environmental performance of suppliers by integrating them into the organization’s business systems.
ISO 45001- Occupational Health and Safety

ISO 45001 is a relatively new standard released in March 2018. This standard requires organizations incorporate their health and safety programs into the overall management system of an organization. Apart from this, this standard requires organization to take a much broader view by considering how 3rd party, for instances suppliers and contractors are managing their own risks as they relate to the company.

By implementing ISO 45001 standard, it can:

  1. Increase safety awareness and motivation among employees.
  2. Reduce workplace hazards and occupational accidents.
  3. Decrease costly downtime and disruption to production.
  4. Improve brand image and market access opportunities.

CONCLUSION

The future of businesses is inextricably linked to the development and implementation of international standards. Many companies in almost every industry have adopted a ‘wait and see’ attitude, deferring certification until industry conditions demand it. Companies that take action and achieve certification will be one step ahead of the competition, gaining a competitive advantage and reaping many of the benefits mentioned above.

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