ISO standards are widely recognised as a valuable resource for organisations looking to improve the quality of their services, access new markets, and maximise the outcomes of projects. But did you know that these standards can also have a profound impact on the broader community? ISO standards play a significant role in addressing global issues such as climate change, road safety, energy, health, safety and social responsibility. These standards have a wide-reaching impact on many aspects of our daily lives, from keeping us connected and entertained to making us more productive and creative.
Implementing ISO standards in your organisation can bring a host of community-wide benefits. From improved public safety, to economic growth, environmental protection, and better quality of products and services, these standards can help to make a positive impact on the world around us.
Some of the key community-wide benefits of implementing ISO standards into your organisation are:
Improved Public Safety
ISO standards provide guidelines for health, safety, and environmental practices that can help to protect the public from potential hazards and risks. For example, ISO 9001 sets out the criteria for a quality management system and ISO 14001 and ISO 45001 can be used by organisations to identify, control, and reduce the environmental and safety risks associated with their operations. This can help to minimise the possibility of accidents and incidents that could harm the public, employees, and the environment.
Adopting ISO standards can help to improve the efficiency and competitiveness of local businesses, can lead to increased economic growth and job creation. Organisations that implement ISO standards tend to be more efficient and effective in their operations, which can result in cost savings, improved productivity, and higher customer satisfaction. This can help businesses to increase their market share, expand into new markets, and create new jobs. Furthermore, ISO standards can aid in the optimisation of internal processes within a company, by cutting down the duration of certain tasks across different departments, eliminating unnecessary waste, lowering procurement expenses and boosting productivity. Studies have shown that the impact of standards on a company’s gross profit can range from 0.15% to 5% of their annual sales revenue.
Creating or entering new markets
ISO standards can serve as a foundation for the creation of new products, expansion into new markets (both domestic and international), promoting market acceptance of products, and even generating new markets. In some cases, companies have reported a gross profit contribution of up to 33% of their annual revenue. This can help these companies establish themselves as leaders in their respective industries for a certain period of time.
Many ISO standards provide guidelines for environmental management and sustainability, which can help to reduce the negative impact of industrial and commercial activities on the environment. For example, ISO 14001 can be used by organisations to identify, control, and reduce their environmental impacts, such as pollution, waste, and energy consumption. By implementing this standard, organisations can take a systematic approach to managing their environmental performance, reduce their environmental footprint, and promote sustainable development in the community.
Better Quality of Products and Services
ISO standards establish a set of best practices for quality management, which can help to ensure that products and services meet a certain level of quality and performance. This can benefit consumers and increase their trust in the products and services provided by local businesses. By implementing ISO 9001, organisations can establish a set of best practices for quality management that can help to ensure that their products and services meet a certain level of quality and performance. This can benefit consumers by providing them with a consistent level of quality and reliability, which can increase their trust in the products and services provided by local businesses.
In today’s fast-paced and constantly changing world, it’s more important than ever to ensure that we’re doing our part to make a positive impact on the community. ISO standards offer a way for organisations to not only improve their own operations and services, but also to contribute to the greater good.
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