Why you may need more than one ISO

There are many benefits to ISO certification for any business. With so many different ISO possibilities to choose from, it can be difficult to decide which one to opt for. But here’s the great news: you don’t have to just opt for one.

As a business, you can choose to work through as many ISO certifications as you want depending on time and resources but you also need to think about which ones are really useful for your business. An intense process, acquiring multiple ISOs for your business can;

Highlight the many different qualities of your business

Behind the products you create and the services you deliver is a business which needs to be run efficiently and effectively to attract talented staff, to retain staff and to remain a viable entity in a crowded marketplace.

ISOs can focus on specific processes used to create products and deliver services, but there are also ISOs that focus on the background processes of physically running a business. An ISO that highlights quality management systems, for example, is one that can be acquired by a forward-thinking care service provider as it can an engineering firm.

Aids in growth by concentrating on key business areas

As a business, you’ll have plans to grow, but to do that, you need to ensure that the activities and systems of your business are in good working order. In other words, can your business cope with expansion?

ISOs help to streamline various aspects of your business, including these background processes mentioned in the earlier point. The ISO process can cast a whole new light onto your business and how you do things, a process that is cathartic for many.

Helps expansions with more clients

ISOs attract attention from current clients and potential new ones. This is because they have a reputation for delivering every time – in other words, if your business boasts ISO 45001, a client knows that your standard of health and safety practice is not only high but in line with some pretty stringent international standards.

Meet client concerns

As a business, there are many aspects of operation that are concerning. Reducing waste is one of them, for example. The less you waste, the more protected your bottom line. But there is a bigger picture.

Clients and consumers are looking to businesses to be transparent and genuine in how they operate. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is the name given to how a business gives back to the community and, in many cases, to the planet too.

ISOs can send strong signals when it comes to CSR and meeting clients concerns in general. Two areas of concern at the moment are data protection and environmental protection. ISO 27001 information systems and ISO 14001 environmental management are two credible standards that will ensure client concerns on these two areas are met.

ISOs suit every business

ISO certifications are not just for the chosen few. A small business can meet the criteria of ISOs just as a large global multi-national can. Levelling the playing field, why would you stick to just one 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 info@synergosconsultancy.co.uk and we’ll be happy to talk it over with you.

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Steve Kilburn
Steve Kilburn
I initially trained as an industrial chemist working in a variety of manufacturing environments eventually moving into quality management which grew to encompass environmental and occupational health and safety management systems. I hold a Masters Degree in Health and Safety law and Environmental Law and a Post Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Waste Management and I am a Graduate Level Member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). In my spare time I enjoy reading, my favourite author is Stephen King, and listening to music, generally from the late 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.
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