He ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certifications, which refer respectively to quality and the environment, represent an excellent way for companies that have to take advantage of excellent profitability in terms of reputation and corporate brand image. ISO 9001 certification, in particular, guarantees very high quality standards for the services provided and the products supplied; Among other things, it reduces the amount of guarantees that must be presented in the tender announcements by 50%, whether private or public. ISO 14001 certification, on the other hand, is a guarantee of a reduced environmental impact and allows the amount of tender guarantees to be reduced by up to 70%. As you can guess, having these certifications is not just a matter of brand reputationbut it also allows you to reap significant economic benefits.
Who to contact for certification
Each company has the maximum freedom to choose the ISO certification body to contact; the decision is taken into account by specific economic factors or, precisely, on the basis of brand reputation logic. A certification body is only a third party that certifies compliance with the company’s management systems in relation to particular international standards. Each certification body to operate must be accredited by ACCREDIA, which is the designated body in our country. It should be noted, however, that Italian certification bodies also have the option of opting for foreign accreditation bodies, with the awareness that the certification of the management system will have the same value.
What are the certifications for?
A company may decide to certify its environmental management system according to the UNI EN ISO 14001 standard and its quality management system according to the UNI EN ISO 9001 standard under accreditation in order to take advantage of a valuable growth opportunity. EL benefits that come from a certificationin fact, they may be related to various factors in business operations. The certification of quality and environmental management systems is synonymous with considerable efficiency from an organizational point of view. In fact, a careful and accurate view of the internal processes allows to identify those that could be considered weak points for the organization. Since the management system asks to identify the specific efficiency goals, it is possible to generate a virtuous dynamic oriented towards constant improvement. In addition, management systems encourage innovation through new investments.
A strategic value for companies
ISO 14001 and ISO 9001 are examples certifications held by local businesses, such as Unigasketthat they understood how certification of the management system based on these standards represents a high strategic value. Both are, in fact, part of the plus certification group requests in our country. The environmental management system, in particular, promotes the improvement of stakeholder relations and reputation; all this has positive consequences from the point of view of the competitive positioning of companies, as well as facilitating access to new markets. Based on ISO research, TheInternational Organization for Standardizationwhich aimed to find the worldwide dissemination of management system certifications, our country is the first in Europe for the number of ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certificationsand second in the world.
ISO 9001: for whom is it more?
Companies that more than any other should focus on ISO 9001 are those who want to strengthen the relationship with the customer to meet their expectations and even exceed them in business management. It’s not a question of “size”, because even the small businesses they can take advantage of this type of certification, which assumes the value of a valuable resource capable of promoting a better level of business efficiency.
ISO 14001 and environmental performance
Regarding the ISO 14001 certification, on the other hand, it pays specific attention to the environmental behavior of the company and its constant improvement. for this reason, organizations have the task of deepening and examining the aspects that influence their ability to achieve the goals of it stopsnibility prefixed: aspects that can affect not only the environmental conditions, but also the social context, the political situation, the financial scenario and the technology of the moment. Senior management plays a key role in supporting leadership roles. As it is easy to understand, the UNI EN ISO 14001 is the reference standard for all companies that want to present themselves to customers and in general to those interested so attentive to environmental sustainability and the development of production processes with low impact.