Feedback Sought for ISO Standards Survey

June 12th, 2017

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is seeking stakeholder feedback to gather information for the future International Organization for Standardization (ISO) survey, focused on service standards and management system standards.

The responses will be considered for a survey that highlights ISO’s strategy for service standardization, which was adopted in February 2016 to accomplish multifaceted results:

  • Increase ISO’s visibility as a developer of International Standards for services;
  • Support ISO members during challenges associated with the development of standards for services;
  • Gain a better understanding of market interests and trends in the services sector.

You can fill out the ANSI survey via This Link by the deadline of Friday, June 30, 2017.

 

New ISO 20400 Standard for Procurement Processes

May 8th, 2017

A new standard published in April 2017, ISO 20400, Sustainable Procurement-Guidance, will help organizations integrate sustainability into their procurement processes. The standard, intended for stakeholders involved in or impacted by procurement processes and decisions, will be released after a nearly four-year development process with 37 countries participating through voting and/or comment. Procurement plays a large role in any organization, large or small.

Who an organization buys from has just as big an impact on its performance as what it buys. Ensuring suppliers have sound and ethical practices – across everything from working conditions and risk management to their environmental impact – has the potential to not only make businesses work better, but to improve the lives of everyone in the communities where they are situated. ISO 20400 provides guidelines for integrating sustainability into an organization’s procurement policy strategy and process, defining the principles of sustainable procurement such as accountability, transparency, respect for human rights and ethical behavior.

The ISO 20400 standard can be purchased from your national ISO member or through the ISO Store.

 

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.