The Silver Haired Economy

March 22nd, 2017

The world’s population is changing in ways that could barely be imagined a generation ago, and at a pace that is faster than any in recorded history. A recent United Nations World Population Ageing report cites that between 2015 and 2030, the number of people in the world aged 60 years or over is projected  – to grow by 56 %, from 901 million to 1.4 billion.

This brings us neatly on to the new prospects of the silver economy – the market for goods and services for people aged 65 and over. This is the “other” side of the coin of the ageing population: it offers many industries an opportunity to target a whole new customer base.

So how is YOUR Business pursuing this potentially lucrative market? In fact, many companies are well on their way to showing the rest of the world through example how to leverage this growing market. Some are embedding “ageing” as a key strategic driver of their commercial goals. Equally, some businesses have positioned ageing as an opportunity to develop products and services for older consumers, while others are capitalizing on the knowledge and skills of an ageing workforce.  The truth is, there’s a tremendous opportunity for business to grow and expand market reach. But that’s not all. If exploited effectively, this key demographic can drive higher sales – and more.

 

Transition Time Becoming Shorter

February 24th, 2017

During recent conversations we have identified that not all companies are aware of the ever reducing timeline for achieving a successful transition. Whether you are  transitioning for example to ISO 9001:2015, AS 9100D, ISO 14001:2015, or IATF 16949, you have very little time to implement the new requirements.

Here are dates you need to know:

  • All ISO 9001 audits after June 2017 will be to ISO 9001:2015
  • All AS 9100 audits after June 15, 2017 will be to the new revision D
  • All ISO/TS 16949 audits after October 1, 2017 will be to IATF 16949:2016

What are the Steps for Success with Transitioning your Current Management System?

  1. Identify the gaps needing to be addressed with the new requirements.
  2. Develop an effective implementation plan.
  3. Provide appropriate training and awareness for all parties that have an impact on organizational effectiveness.
  4. Update your existing documented management system to meet the requirements and provide verification of effectiveness.
  5. Conduct and document a complete system internal audit to ensure all internal requirements are being met, which includes the new standard requirements, customer, and any applicable business regulatory requirements.
  6. Communicate with your CB for transition schedule and arrangements.

 

Measuring Information Security Effectiveness

December 30th, 2016

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You simply can’t be too careful when it comes to information security. Protecting personal records and commercially sensitive information is critical. But how can you tell that your ISO/IEC 27001 information security management system (ISMS) is making a difference? A new ISO/IEC International Standard can help you out.

The recently updated ISO/IEC 27004:2016, Information technology – Security techniques – Information security management – Monitoring, measurement, analysis and evaluation, provides guidance on how to assess the performance of ISO/IEC 27001. It explains how to develop and operate measurement processes, and how to assess and report the results of a set of information security metrics.

ISO/IEC 27004:2016 shows how to construct an information security measurement programme, how to select what to measure, and how to operate the necessary measurement processes. It includes extensive examples of different types of measures, and how the effectiveness of these measures can be assessed.

Among the many benefits to organizations of using ISO/IEC 27004 are:

  • Increased accountability
  • Improved information security performance and ISMS processes
  • Evidence of meeting requirements of ISO/IEC 27001, as well as applicable laws, rules and regulations

ISO/IEC 27004:2016 replaces the 2009 edition; it has been updated and extended to align with the revised version of ISO/IEC 27001 to provide organizations with greater added value and confidence.  For more information visit the iso.org website.

ISO 9001:2015 for Small Business

November 21st, 2016

ISO’s essential guide for small enterprises wishing to implement a quality management system (QMS) has just been updated, providing practical advice and concrete examples tailored specifically for small businesses.

The handbook was written by a group of experts from ISO/TC 176/SC 2, the technical subcommittee that developed ISO 9001:2015, and features useful information on everything from how to get started right through to guidance for those who choose to seek certification. It includes practical advice on the different ways of approaching a quality management system (QMS) as well as detailed guidance on each element of the ISO 9001:2015 Standard. This handbook offers tailored advice to help them implement a quality management system that can truly be useful, and can help organizations improve their overall business performance.

ISO 9001 is one of the world’s most widely used quality management system standards, with over one million organizations certified to it in over 170 countries around the world.

ISO 9001:2015 for Small Businesses  What to do? is available for purchase from the ISO Store.