ISOs bring huge benefits from more customers to an expanding marketplace but does that mean any ISO will bring these advantages to your business? Should you opt for any ISO or begin with one specific to your business? Just how do you decide?
There are numerous ISO certifications open to your business, but essentially, you want to focus on the certificate that means as much to your customers as it does to improve the processes within your business.
Why ISO 9001?
ISO 9001 quality management system, for example, is a certification that many companies look to achieve. In the modern marketplace, competition is fierce. Adding value to everything you do from the products produced to the services offered to customers means expanding your customer base but also encouraging customers to stay with you, rather than jumping ship to a new competitor.
Why ISO 27001?
In a similar vein, information technology, privacy, and how data is used, accessed and stored is a topic that concerns many. How companies stored customer data, for example, was not always secure and thus, hackers were able to ‘walk in the back door’ to harvest it. Similarly, the amount of data collected and why, is such a concern that for European citizens, the protection offered by GDPR is welcome. ISO 27001 meets many of the criteria laid down in GDPR, and so this certification clearly shows how seriously you take data protection and security.
Why ISO 22301?
Closely linked to ISO 27001 in many ways is how prepared and resilient a business is to threats. ISO 27001 consider the threat from cyber attacks while ISO 22301 business continuity examines how well your business responds to other potential disasters, such as natural catastrophes including flooding or in the face of events such as fire or terrorist attack. For many organisations, being able to continue to offer services and products even in the worst of times is simply essential but, can you deliver?
Why ISO 14001?
For many businesses, there may be specific issues that they need to deal with and highlight to their customers and partners how they are dealing with them. For example, environmental management is critical for local authorities as well as a private business, especially those in sectors that have traditionally been considered ‘hard’ on the environment. Every business has to make changes when it comes to managing the earth’s precious resources. Thus ISO 14001 environmental management systems is beneficial to every business, from start-ups to established organisations.
Why ISO 45001?
There are many rules and regulations that businesses must comply with. Some are specific to their industry, while others are broad rules that cover every business. A written health and safety policy, along with appropriate procedures and training, is regulatory for every business with more than five employees. ISO 45001 occupational health and safety is one means by which health and safety regulations can be met and exceeded, while also acting as a promotional tool for the business.
Why ISO 17025?
There are other ISOs that are specific, such as ISO 17025 testing and calibration management, an essential certification for any organisation that experiments and produces results on which others rely for accuracy. There are many other ISOs than those mentioned here, but what it is that you think your customers need to see you taking steps to improve on? Answer that question, and you’re well on your way to choosing your first ISO.
How can we help you?
If you’re in need of assistance with any aspect of ISO certification, here at Synergos we’d be delighted to help. Whether you have questions about the path to certification or are looking for advice and support to maintain an existing standard call 01484 666160 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be happy to talk it over with you.