Why are standards important? ISO’s, or international standards, bridge the gap between businesses. They allow mutual understanding of the quality of trade between suppliers and buyers, facilitating greater communication and even improving the economy. Clear Quality break down the ins and outs of how ISOs benefit you.
International standards are important for a massive range of reasons, and ones that become more specific according to the standard which you’re seeking to achieve. The ISO 14001, for instance, demonstrates your environmental credentials to potential buyers who value green trade. However, ISOs as a whole come with a standard set of benefits that will help your company.
Guarantee to Buyers
The standards are important because they make your business important. They allow your buyers to see your excellence in trade, quality of products and the management of all the processes within your business. Not only does this act as a guarantee to potential and current customers, it also shows that your business is one of the best in the industry. It shows your buyers that you are a trustworthy and reliable company.
The ISO 9001:2015 is particularly appropriate for this as it covers a massive range of processes within your business by evaluating your QMS. In looking to gain accreditation for this ISO, or transition from the ISO 9001:2009, then you will improve your quality management system, run your business more efficiently and increase sales.
Ease of Trade
With a quality of trade guarantee, commerce between your company and buyers becomes even easier. The original purpose of the ISOs was to allow large companies, such as the Ministry of Defence, to ensure its suppliers met the high quality they expected and required. The ISOs successfully achieved their purpose: a buyer now sees you have ISO accreditation and can continue with trade. All businesses you work with recognise the credential and sales happen much more smoothly.
Efficient Process and Running of your Business
Why are standards important? If the improved relationship with your buyers wasn’t enough, ISOs also improve the daily functioning and work within your business, factory or company. Each ISO audit looks for different requirements, but ultimately each one is testing the successful workings of your business.
The ISO 22000, for instance, measures the processes through which food is manufactured or handled. To optimise your business to achieve this certification, then your processes must be efficient and safe, both in terms of food hygiene and for your staff. This means that you improve the daily running of your business by working to achieve accreditation. Developing your business to suit each ISO will come with its own benefits to the effective management and running of your workplace.
Improving the Economy
ISOs help to improve the economy by improving relationships between businesses, catalysing further trade not just with UK companies, but internationally, and increasing the speed at which new products reach the market. These processes mean that new commerce is constantly impacting the economy and bringing new money into it.
If you’re interested in achieving ISO accreditation, then talk to Clear Quality today. We are professional and experienced consultants who will guide you through the process.