ISO Strategy: What is ISO?
Before we look at the ISO Strategy 2030, let’s quickly look at what the ISO is and what they do.
ISO (International Organisation for Standardization) is an independent, non-governmental organization representing the National Standard Institutes of over 150 countries. They develop and publish international standards in response to the needs of the international market and global expert opinions. There are certifiable ISO standards and non-certifiable standards, such as ISO 26000: Social Responsibility.
ISO Strategy 2030
The ISO has defined 2030 as a milestone to reflect on progress and evaluate their success and mission as an organisation.
ISO is built around principles of collaboration and responsibility, their standardisation aims to support the transformation of our world into a sustainable one.
The ISO’s goals for 2030 are defined as:
- Meeting Global Needs;
- ISO Standards are Used Everywhere; and,
- All Voices are Heard.
These goals are in alignment with their overall vision:
“Making lives easier, safer, and better”
Drivers of Change
The ISO has to constantly monitor the key drivers of change and ensure that their standards are in line with any changes. In their 2030 strategy they identify that currently, the key drivers of change are:
- Economy: Trade & Uncertainty;
- Technology: The Impact of Digital;
- Society: Changing Expectations & Behaviours; and,
- Environment: The Urgency for Sustainability.
The ISO has designed its goals to support the key drivers of global change, and outline their priorities to enable them in achieving these goals.
The ISO Strategy outlines the following priorities to support the achievement of their goals:
- Demonstrate the benefits of the standards;
- Innovate to meet users needs;
- Deliver ISO standards when the market needs them;
- Capture future opportunities for international standardization;
- Strengthen ISO members through capacity building; and,
- Advance inclusivity and diversity in the ISO system.
The Official Publication
Click the button below to check the ISO’s official publication on the ISO Strategy 2030.
Certifiable ISO Standards
In Australia, the standards that are most common for certification are:
- ISO 9001 – Quality Management Systems;
- ISO 22000 – Food Safety Management;
- ISO 14001 – Environmental Management Systems;
- ISO 45001 – Occupational Health and Safety Management;
- ISO 31000 – Risk Management; and,
- ISO 27001 – Information Security.
Through quality processes, ISO-certified organizations are able to constantly monitor and improve their well-documented and structured processes. These organizations lead the way in terms of quality, efficiency, and productivity.
Each ISO standard has different specific benefits, and together they work to provide a solid and streamlined foundation for a successful organization. ISO-certified businesses tend to have better customer retention and satisfaction, lower staff turnover, and consistent quality outcomes.
An ISO-certified management system can also help to reduce costs, increase market share and gain access to new markets.
4 Steps to ISO
Get in touch with QSM Group today to discuss your ISO compliance and certification needs.
Our experienced consultants work with you to develop, implement and monitor your management systems. We can also assist with achieving certification to any desired certifiable ISO standards.