Most businesses, not exclusively those in the chemical industry, all want the same things. Besides reputability and success, they want all of the things their dream business should be – a streamlined system; positive customer relationships; a name for innovation and a healthy work culture.
As it turns out, an ISO accreditation is one of the most effective ways to bring your business closer to these goals. With over 21,000 standards touching on almost every aspect of daily life, an ISO accreditation is any employer’s key card to reputability and opportunity.
ISO Accreditation: What & Why?
ISO is an international standard for how something should be done. Essentially, it’s a document that states requirements, specifications, guidelines or characteristics and therefore ensures that materials, products, processes, services and goods are “fit for purpose”.
As well as assuring customers that products are safe and reliable to use, ISO standards are a huge facilitator of trade and boost business and economies the world over. In the UK alone, for example, it was announced last year that these standards accounted for £8.2bn of GDP growth!
Here are some of the other benefits of ISO accreditation for your business.
Streamlined process and increased efficiency
The rigorous auditing and assessment process of gaining ISO accreditation is an opportunity to highlight your strengths and weaknesses. Not only do you get to see what you’re doing right, you’ll also discover areas for improvement. Of this comes several positives, such as:
- Identification of where time and possibly profit is being lost, and the opportunity to fix these issues
- Increased efficiency and therefore lower costs of production
- Lower impact on the environment, thanks to safer, more succinct processing.
Increased customer trust & recognition
As mentioned earlier, companies with ISO accreditation tend to have a head start when it comes to gaining trust. Without needing to do any of their own compliance research, customers can be sure that the product or service they are receiving is safe, reliable and of good quality.
This leads to:
- Higher customer satisfaction
- Increased business and referrals.
Access to bigger markets and opportunities
Every business, particularly SMEs, wants to get more eyes on their product. Thanks to ISO accreditation, this is immediately possible, even for businesses who may be just starting out.
- ISO standards are adopted by governments in over 175 countries, making them internationally recognised the world over.
- Once your business is ISO accredited, this increases compatibility in other countries.
- It is this unified compatibility and recognition that facilitates the movement of goods, services and technologies around the world.
A stronger work culture
Although an audit and assessment can be a challenging process, the results for your business once it has gained an ISO accreditation can prove to be very rewarding.
- It can help set employee goals and guide staff performance, as you unify processes and expectations across the business.
- Having everyone work together to reach shared goals can be very rewarding and helps nourish team spirit.
Overcome common obstacles in modern business
There are ISO accreditations for countless types of goods and services. While that might sound overwhelming, you only need invest in the ones relevant to your business, with each one seen as a helping hand on doing things to the highest standard.
In a nutshell, ISO standards are essentially strategic guidelines for overcoming the most demanding challenges of modern business. These might include:
- Accessing new markets
- Reducing impact on the environment
- Creating repeat business.
“What about small businesses?”
Smaller businesses (less than 250 employers) may not even consider becoming ISO accredited until they have already broken a larger market or profit target. However, ISO standards can be applied for by businesses of varying types and sizes.
Be aware that there will be a lot of preparation and study involved to ensure your team is aware of everything required. Expect to be asked to take corrective action after your initial review, but see this as an opportunity to streamline your processes and improve efficiency.
For companies looking to increase their output with a reliable chemical supplier, choosing one with a relevant ISO accreditation is often the way to go. As a business who has taken the time to undergo the complicated accreditation process, you can be sure your provider is compliant with international standards and more likely to deliver satisfaction to your customers.
For more information about ReAgent’s ISO Quality and Environmental standards, take a look at our Quality page.