You may have been asked by a project manager if your company holds ISO 9001. You may have also been asked to supply ISO certificates whilst being considered as a supply chain member. Chances are you already know all about them or hold them, but for anyone who wants to know more, here is our quick overview of what standards are and why they benefit those who have achieved them.
The International Organisation for Standardization (ISO) creates documents with specific requirements: guidelines, methods of application, specifications and characteristics. These can be used by a company or business, to ensure they are working to a recognised uniform standard. Processes, materials, services and products will then be trusted to be fit for purpose and of high quality. So far, there are 21,607 standards and these cover almost every aspect of business and industry.
Considering that the whole organisation is built on answering “what is the best way of doing this?”, it is hard to see how gaining the certificate will not help your business. Your clients will instantly know that products and services purchased will be of the utmost quality, produced not only with your welfare in mind, but the wellbeing of the local community, employees and the environment. The standard will mark you as reliable, safe, strongly managed and mindful of every aspect you may affect; or cover in what you provide or produce. You will also be working with greater productivity, efficiency and profitability. ISO standard will help you mark out your route to economic growth and sustainability.
You can achieve your first accreditation by contacting the national member or visiting the ISO website www.iso.org
If you have a project where you want to ensure your entire supply chain conforms to your own high standards and need to automatically monitor that this remains the case, contact Rallivo and find out how our software plays a vital role in this.