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Mitigating Business Risks One Step At A Time

Running a successful business involves an incredible amount of risk mitigation. Although you can never completely eliminate any risk of errors or management issues, there are ways to reduce their likelihood.

Planning for risk is a key part of any business plan and operational strategy. You can only plan for risks that you and your team can foresee and understand.

Some risks, such as being unable to apply for a government tender without having the necessary certification, are comparatively simpler to understand. Other risks, such as identifying a sudden rise in customer dissatisfaction, are much trickier to even identify, let alone tackle efficiently.

As your business develops, so too do the types of potential risks. New product lines, internationalisation, or larger teams bring about fresh opportunities, as well as threats, to your operations. Fortunately, a system exists to help you mitigate these business risks effectively.

Get the certification that helps your business be better

Take a moment to analyse your business and its operations. Ask yourself:

  • Is your business running efficiently or could there be wasteful losses?
  • Do you know which parts of your supply chain are most vulnerable?
  • If a key employee were to leave suddenly, would your business be able to handle it?
  • How would you ensure consistent quality if you were to expand sales overseas or open additional outlets?
  • What measures are in place to deal with a customer’s complaint so that a resolvable issue doesn’t turn into a social media circus?

Most businesses strive to increase margins and reduce waste with minimal intervention, but few succeed to do this every single day.

The appropriate ISO certification can help you achieve your efficiency objectives, and provide additional value to your enterprise.

Benefits of ISO certification

You’re probably wondering how ISO certification can help your business in practical and meaningful ways. Here’s how.

By obtaining the appropriate internationally-recognized certification, your business will be able to:

  • Compete for a growing number of local and international tenders that include a requirement for specific ISO certifications.
  • Build trust with clients, suppliers, candidates, investors, and any other stakeholders that may not recognize your brand, but understand the value of ISO.
  • Deliver consistent quality across product and service lines in both a local and international setting using standardized processes.
  • Review the efficiency and effectiveness of internal processes, leading to fewer complaints and happier customers.
  • Prove to current and new partners that key factors, such as Quality Assurance, Information Security, Environmental Management, and Health and Safety are taken seriously.

Becoming ISO certified means joining over 1 million organisations in over 170 countries that value consistency and efficiency.

Our Top 5 ISO Certifications

ISO 9001 - Quality Obsessed

ISO 9001 is the most popular ISO standard and focuses on a Quality Management System (QMS). Over a million organisations in the world have already attained this standard, with more joining each year. This is a standard that helps businesses and other entities match the expectations of their customers and partners effectively.

The ISO quality management standard is built upon seven key principles. These are:

  • Leadership
  • Improvement
  • Customer focus
  • Process approach
  • Engagement of people
  • Relationship management
  • Evidence-based decision making

These principles are centred around the customer and include involvement from top management. They strive to create a corporate culture that pushes for continual improvement. Whilst no principle is more or less important, it can play a bigger or smaller role in a particular organisation at a particular moment in time.

Does your organisation need ISO 9001?

It is safe to say that if your organisation has clients, staff, partners or stakeholders, it can benefit from becoming ISO 9001 certified.

The benefits of this standard include providing your business with increased credibility and operating at a higher level of efficiency. You will also be able to deliver improved customer satisfaction and greater employee engagement.

Book a free consultation

ISO 14001 - Waste Not

ISO 14001 is the standard for an Environmental Management System (EMS). It provides the necessary framework to allow organisations to contribute towards the environmental pillars of sustainability. In fact, this standard helps organisations enact the United Nations definition of sustainability, “Meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.” Naturally, this has both an environmental impact, as well as a financial one. Reducing waste of raw materials and complying with environmental regulations can have a beneficial effect on an organisations cash flow.

As with other ISO standards, the process of attaining ISO 14001 certification will include an in-depth analysis of your organisation and operations. This analysis will help lead towards identifying opportunities to save costs by either eliminating or replacing resources, or using them in a better way. The standard will also help your management team to play a primary role in controlling and quantifying the environmental impact of the business.

Does your organisation need ISO 14001?

The importance of appearing to be environmentally sustainable is apparent worldwide, but in reality, it is difficult for outsiders to properly gauge if your enterprise is truly doing its part.

Getting ISO 14001 certified will not only help your organisation achieve an improved environmental impact and waste reduction but will also act as a credible mark of your efforts and achievements.

Book a free consultation

ISO 27001 - Protect IT

ISO 27001 is the international standard for an Information Security Management System (ISMS). It is based on the principles of CIA, confidentiality, integrity, and availability. In essence, this means that it helps organisations protect their most valuable and sensitive information whilst making them accessible to individuals with the proper authorisation. This standard applies a risk management process to the interactions between staff members, operations, and I.T. systems.

Many people incorrectly believe that ISO 27001 is simply a GDPR-related standard. In fact, this is only a secondary benefit of a much more powerful and useful framework. ISO 27001 certified organisations are able to better protect their intellectual property, brand, and reputation. Combined, these three elements make up the reasons behind an organisation’s success, so they are certainly worth protecting.

Given its capabilities, it is hardly surprising that ISO 27001 is amongst the most popular ISO standards. So far, over 33,000 certificates have been issued.

Does your organisation need ISO 27001?

Cyberattacks and data leaks have only increased in recent years. The reputational and operational damage which come as a result of having suffered a data breach can be incalculable.

It is not an overstatement to say that any organisation which stores or handles sensitive data should become ISO 27001 certified.

Book a free consultation

ISO 45001 - Safety First

ISO 45001 is the standard for Occupational Health and Safety. It is a particularly important standard since it can quite literally save lives and prevent injuries. Over 7,600 people around the world die as a result of work-related accidents or diseases. This number would be terrible enough if it were an annual figure, but it is actually a daily one.

This OH&S management system is intended to equip an organisation with the knowledge and best practices to provide a safe and healthy workplace. As a result, the enterprise’s OH&S performance will continually improve, leading to a reduction in work-related injuries and illness as a result of work.

This international safety standard is built upon labour standards and conventions created over decades across the globe. It takes into account the specific operations of a particular organisation and helps stakeholders identify and mitigate possible risks. Being ISO 45001 certified does not only lead to a more safety-conscious work environment, but it also provides a clear indication to your workforce of what their health and safety mean to you.

Does your organisation need ISO 45001?

If your organisation is involved in one or more sectors known for experiencing a significant rate of worker injuries or deaths, then becoming ISO 45001 certified should not even be a debate. In addition to allowing you to fulfil your legal requirements, obtaining this standard can enhance your overall safety precautions and your workforce’s attitude towards staying safe.

Beyond these higher-risk sectors, however, ISO 45001 can help foster awareness of health and safety concerns in any workplace. It can also help to lower insurance premiums and increase the trust of your workforce.

Book a free consultation

ISO 17100 - Be Clear

ISO 17100 is the international standard for Translation Services Management Systems (TSMS). Unlike most other ISO standards, it is relatively focused on a specific sector. However, just like other standards, it provides the necessary framework to ensure quality translations irrespective of languages used or where such services are offered.

This translation standard defines the translator and revisor competencies, the translation process as well as the associated technical resources and level of quality. As with other ISO standards, it helps build trust between a customer and an unknown service provider who may be located on the other side of the globe.

The need for ISO 17100 has only increased as a result of stricter due diligence requirements within the financial sector. This internationally recognized quality mark can help ensure a seamless experience for customers in need of translation services by ensuring a professional and accurate product.

Does your organisation need ISO 17100?

If your organisation handles translation services then ISO 17100 should be on your mind. This is especially true if you are seeking to attract foreign customers and lack the broad market awareness enjoyed by major global brands.

Obtaining this certification will help define your organisation as a forward-thinking service provider with clearly defined translation processes and procedures.

Book a free consultation

Our Top 5 ISO Certifications

ISO 9001 - Quality Obsessed

ISO 9001 is the most popular ISO standard and focuses on a Quality Management System (QMS). Over a million organisations in the world have already attained this standard, with more joining each year. This is a standard that helps businesses and other entities match the expectations of their customers and partners effectively.

The ISO quality management standard is built upon seven key principles. These are:

  • Leadership
  • Improvement
  • Customer focus
  • Process approach
  • Engagement of people
  • Relationship management
  • Evidence-based decision making

These principles are centred around the customer and include involvement from top management. They strive to create a corporate culture that pushes for continual improvement. Whilst no principle is more or less important, it can play a bigger or smaller role in a particular organisation at a particular moment in time.

Does your organisation need ISO 9001?

It is safe to say that if your organisation has clients, staff, partners or stakeholders, it can benefit from becoming ISO 9001 certified.

The benefits of this standard include providing your business with increased credibility and operating at a higher level of efficiency. You will also be able to deliver improved customer satisfaction and greater employee engagement.

Book a free consultation

ISO 14001 - Waste Not

ISO 14001 is the standard for an Environmental Management System (EMS). It provides the necessary framework to allow organisations to contribute towards the environmental pillars of sustainability. In fact, this standard helps organisations enact the United Nations definition of sustainability, “Meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.” Naturally, this has both an environmental impact, as well as a financial one. Reducing waste of raw materials and complying with environmental regulations can have a beneficial effect on an organisations cash flow.

As with other ISO standards, the process of attaining ISO 14001 certification will include an in-depth analysis of your organisation and operations. This analysis will help lead towards identifying opportunities to save costs by either eliminating or replacing resources, or using them in a better way. The standard will also help your management team to play a primary role in controlling and quantifying the environmental impact of the business.

Does your organisation need ISO 14001?

The importance of appearing to be environmentally sustainable is apparent worldwide, but in reality, it is difficult for outsiders to properly gauge if your enterprise is truly doing its part.

Getting ISO 14001 certified will not only help your organisation achieve an improved environmental impact and waste reduction but will also act as a credible mark of your efforts and achievements.

Book a free consultation

ISO 27001 - Protect IT

ISO 27001 is the international standard for an Information Security Management System (ISMS). It is based on the principles of CIA, confidentiality, integrity, and availability. In essence, this means that it helps organisations protect their most valuable and sensitive information whilst making them accessible to individuals with the proper authorisation. This standard applies a risk management process to the interactions between staff members, operations, and I.T. systems.

Many people incorrectly believe that ISO 27001 is simply a GDPR-related standard. In fact, this is only a secondary benefit of a much more powerful and useful framework. ISO 27001 certified organisations are able to better protect their intellectual property, brand, and reputation. Combined, these three elements make up the reasons behind an organisation’s success, so they are certainly worth protecting.

Given its capabilities, it is hardly surprising that ISO 27001 is amongst the most popular ISO standards. So far, over 33,000 certificates have been issued.

Does your organisation need ISO 27001?

Cyberattacks and data leaks have only increased in recent years. The reputational and operational damage which come as a result of having suffered a data breach can be incalculable.

It is not an overstatement to say that any organisation which stores or handles sensitive data should become ISO 27001 certified.

Book a free consultation

ISO 45001 - Safety First

ISO 45001 is the standard for Occupational Health and Safety. It is a particularly important standard since it can quite literally save lives and prevent injuries. Over 7,600 people around the world die as a result of work-related accidents or diseases. This number would be terrible enough if it were an annual figure, but it is actually a daily one.

This OH&S management system is intended to equip an organisation with the knowledge and best practices to provide a safe and healthy workplace. As a result, the enterprise’s OH&S performance will continually improve, leading to a reduction in work-related injuries and illness as a result of work.

This international safety standard is built upon labour standards and conventions created over decades across the globe. It takes into account the specific operations of a particular organisation and helps stakeholders identify and mitigate possible risks. Being ISO 45001 certified does not only lead to a more safety-conscious work environment, but it also provides a clear indication to your workforce of what their health and safety mean to you.

Does your organisation need ISO 45001?

If your organisation is involved in one or more sectors known for experiencing a significant rate of worker injuries or deaths, then becoming ISO 45001 certified should not even be a debate. In addition to allowing you to fulfil your legal requirements, obtaining this standard can enhance your overall safety precautions and your workforce’s attitude towards staying safe.

Beyond these higher-risk sectors, however, ISO 45001 can help foster awareness of health and safety concerns in any workplace. It can also help to lower insurance premiums and increase the trust of your workforce.

Book a free consultation

ISO 17100 - Be Clear

ISO 17100 is the international standard for Translation Services Management Systems (TSMS). Unlike most other ISO standards, it is relatively focused on a specific sector. However, just like other standards, it provides the necessary framework to ensure quality translations irrespective of languages used or where such services are offered.

This translation standard defines the translator and revisor competencies, the translation process as well as the associated technical resources and level of quality. As with other ISO standards, it helps build trust between a customer and an unknown service provider who may be located on the other side of the globe.

The need for ISO 17100 has only increased as a result of stricter due diligence requirements within the financial sector. This internationally recognized quality mark can help ensure a seamless experience for customers in need of translation services by ensuring a professional and accurate product.

Does your organisation need ISO 17100?

If your organisation handles translation services then ISO 17100 should be on your mind. This is especially true if you are seeking to attract foreign customers and lack the broad market awareness enjoyed by major global brands.

Obtaining this certification will help define your organisation as a forward-thinking service provider with clearly defined translation processes and procedures.

Book a free consultation

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We can take your business to the next level

Becoming ISO-certified might be easier than you think. The team at STEP has helped numerous businesses to implement properly planned small changes that have led to major organisational improvements

Our team’s ability lies in utilising our expertise to help your business implement the necessary quality assurance and management systems with minimal disruption or delay.

Getting in touch with STEP today takes you one step closer to ISO certification.

“At STEP, we keep the client's needs in focus, first and foremost. Our services are tailor-made to the particular needs of your business.”

Stefan DebonoFounder & CEO - STEP

About STEP

STEP was founded in 2013. Since then, we’ve managed to:

  • Assist 100+ organisations to implement quality management standards
  • Provide the necessary expertise to help our clients achieve 110+ ISO certifications
  • Use our 15+ years of quality management knowledge to great use

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