Level: Advanced

ISO (International Organization for Standardization)

What is it for?

An introduction to one of the principal global accreditation schemes.

How does it help me?

  • There are ISO standards for a range of environmental standards
  • Some examples are:
  • - ISO 14001 Environmental Management
  • - ISO 9001 Quality Management
  • - ISO 26000 Social Responsibility

SSN's tips for users

  • Use this resource to explore the ISO standards and get to understand if your organisation is ready to take on the challenge of meeting rigorous quality assurance standards.
  • Other standards to look at include PAS and BSI accredited schemes.
  • Although it may seem a lot of work, accreditation schemes can help your organisation win clients and customers and many smaller organisations achieve these standards. Ask other organisations how they have achieved accreditations, it might be very achievable for you.

In more detail...

Don't get overwhelmed!|One tip is to use standards such as ISO to guide your own policies.|Try working towards and ISO standard - doing what you can and then evaluate your potential to take things further.
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