Brexit is not the only catastrophe that could potentially scupper international trade. There will be other uncertainties in the future as there have been in the past. Whilst they make trading difficult, there are always winners in these kinds of situations. In the current climate, it could be ISO certified companies who reap rewards.
Why ISO certification levels the playing field
1. ISOs are internationally recognised and valued
Top of the list has to be the value and recognition that walk hand-in-hand with ISO certification. The process of certification is thorough, with high standards maintained and for international trading partners ISO certification says a lot.
Post-Brexit, when that time finally arrives (or if it does), a company with ISOs to their name will still have these certifications. They will still meet internationally recognised standards whether Britain is in the EU or not. In many ways, this smooths out the many lumps expected in international trade after we have left the EU.
2. Promote responsiveness and agility in companies
ISOs are not just about trade, but how a company can and does respond to change. Every sector and industry experiences upturns and downturns, and there are many reasons why some organisations can weather these when others can’t.
Significant debt, for example, or failing to adapt to the changing needs of consumers, or not staying in pace with technology, all contribute to weakening a company. ISOs don’t solve these problems but they can shift the mindset of management within a business.
ISOs require a company to maintain its certification and that means that as a business, you continually need to assess what you do, how you do it and so on. For trading partners, they want to be confident a business can flex and adapt. With ISOs partly driving this agility, a company can stay responsive in a changing marketplace.
3. Meet certain regulations and laws
ISOs were conceived in 1947 to bring about the standardisation of certain procedures, and to drive change in terms of developing standards of practices too. The ethos behind ISOs has not changed in the 21st century.
GDPR, for example, relates to information held by companies trading in the EU. Whilst ISO 27001 information management doesn’t meet exactly every part of GDPR, it does meet a large number of requirements. This is just one example of how ISOs can meet certain guidelines and regulations. Furthermore, for many trading partners, this is an important signal of trustworthiness.
4. Build resilience
Uncertainty can be the catalyst to bigger and better things if a business knows how to tap into it. Essentially, this is about building resilience in a company. This gives an organisation precious time to ride out short term problems or, in the case of long term and ongoing uncertainty, to adapt.
Any company needs to be able to see the bigger picture and understand how this relates to their company, especially when there are uncertain trading conditions. Part of this extends to understand what consumers and trading partners look for in you. ISOs answer many of those questions.
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.