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Reduced insurance premiums for snow removal companies certified to SN 9001.

Reduced insurance premiums for snow removal companies certified to SN 9001.

In 2011, the US insurance sector generated $500 million in premiums from the snow and ice management industry, but paid out nearly $1 billion in claims. As a result, each winter fewer carriers were willing to insure snow and ice operations, with as many as eight to twelve standard carriers leaving altogether. These costs also […]


OEM parts supplier aims to increase revenue by US$200k with ISO 9001

OEM parts supplier aims to increase revenue by US$200k with ISO 9001

Shogyo International, an OEM supplier of electronic parts experienced, has gained a positive impact from its certification to ISO 9001. The company, which is based in Syosset, NY, looked to adopt ISO 9001 certification due to many of their customers requesting the company be ISO 9001 certified to even bid on projects. In the short […]


XL Catlin insurer recognise value of standards when underwriting cyber risk

XL Catlin insurer recognise value of standards when underwriting cyber risk

When underwriting cyber risk, standards like the UK Government backed scheme Cyber Essentials Plus (Cyber Essentials with verification of cyber security by an assured Certification Body) and NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology, part of the US Department of Commerce) can be effective risk controls. Cyber Essentials Plus is a good place to start for SME’s and NIST is especially relevant when […]


IBM uses ISO 14001 to save 6.7% of global energy use

IBM uses ISO 14001 to save 6.7% of global energy use

With nearly 380 000 employees and serving clients in more than 175 countries, IBM is the world’s largest technology services company. IBM has a global EMS, which is underpinned by ISO 14001. The company believes that this standard has enabled sustained performance and achievements including: Energy and climate:Between 1990 and 2014, IBM’s conservation efforts avoided 6.8 million […]


Precision manufacturer improves energy performance by 16.5% saving (US) $52,000

Precision manufacturer improves energy performance by 16.5% saving (US) $52,000

Harbec is a precision manufacturer specialising in custom injection moulding, CNC machining, complex prototypes, and additive manufacturing. It uses significant energy resources to operate three shifts within its 50,000 sq. ft. facility in New York, USA. As a result, the company worked with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Advanced Manufacturing Office to successfully implement […]


Engine manufacturer generates savings of $37m with ISO 50001

Engine manufacturer generates savings of $37m with ISO 50001

Detroit Diesel designs and builds heavy-duty engines aimed at the North America and overseas market. They employ 3,400 full time employees who are based in Detroit in a 3.2 million sq. ft. facility. Accredited certification to ISO 50001 has enabled the business to achieve the following goals over the past 10 years: $37,000,000 in cost […]


Engineering company improves energy performance by 13.08%

Engineering company improves energy performance by 13.08%

Curtiss-Wright, a global advanced engineering company working across various markets, including defense and power generation, has locations across North America, Asia, and Europe. EMD, a Division of Curtiss-Wright based in the US, saw the implementation of an energy management system in accordance with ISO 50001, as a key element in continuing with energy conservation. Since […]


US Manufacturer saves $700k per year with accredited EnMS

US Manufacturer saves $700k per year with accredited EnMS

Cummins, a global engine manufacturer, worked with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Advanced Manufacturing Office to successfully implement an Energy Management System (EnMS) at its plant in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. It generated a 12.6% improvement in energy performance, resulting in savings of over $700,000 per year. The cost to implement the energy management […]


US Defence Contractor saves $1m per year with ISO 50001

US Defence Contractor saves $1m per year with ISO 50001

General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems (GD-OTS) worked with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office to implement an energy management system (EnMS) at a federal ammunition plant in Scranton, Pennsylvania. GD-OTS staff members set an energy baseline and assessed opportunities to save energy in the plant’s significant energy-using systems. By implementing the recommended […]


3M cuts energy costs by 15.2% with ISO 50001

3M cuts energy costs by 15.2% with ISO 50001

3M Company, the US Chemicals company, implemented a successful energy management system (EnMS) at its Brockville production plant in Canada. In 2012, the Brockville plant obtained certification of the ISO 50001 global EnMS standard. Accredited certification has achieved significant operational cost savings. 3M’s Brockville plant achieved a 15.2% improvement in energy intensity relative to 2010 […]


Dairy Producer saves 21% of energy costs, while increasing production by 42%

Dairy Producer saves 21% of energy costs, while increasing production by 42%

Darigold, a dairy and food processing company based in the United States, implemented an energy management system across their business which enabled them to make huge cost savings and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Despite energy cost volatility and constantly changing utility rates, Darigold’s energy strategy has resulted in a 21% energy intensity reduction (BTU/lb) […]


Nissan Saves $9.4 Million by Implementing ISO 50001

Nissan Saves $9.4 Million by Implementing ISO 50001

Nissan Motor Company, a leading multinational car manufacturer, has adopted accredited certification to ISO 50001 at all three of its U.S. plants, saving close to 1,600 billion Btu of primary energy and $9.4 million in energy costs annually. Data from two certified sites show that about two-thirds of the energy savings were achieved with no capital investment, […]


Competing on a level playing field with larger rivals

Competing on a level playing field with larger rivals

Conematic Heating Systems, a privately owned company employing about 20 people, is a supplier of home heating technology, supplying advanced heating appliances to the North American domestic market. As a small company with only large competitors in the heating industry, scalability is imperative if Conematic is to accelerate production and compete with larger competitors. ISO 9001 provides […]


Impact of Laboratory Accreditation on Patient Care and the Health System (2010)

Impact of Laboratory Accreditation on Patient Care and the Health System (2010)

Accreditation is emerging as a preferred framework for building quality medical laboratory systems in resource-limited settings. Despite the low numbers of laboratories accredited at the time of the report, accreditation was identified as having the potential to improve the quality of health care for patients through the reduction of testing errors and attendant decreases in […]


ISO 9001 certification used as a measure in Global Innovation Index

ISO 9001 certification used as a measure in Global Innovation Index

The Global Innovation Index (GII) provides detailed metrics about the innovation performance of 127 countries and economies around the world. The index is the result of a collaboration between Cornell University, INSEAD, and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The GII has gained international recognition, establishing itself as both a leading reference on innovation and […]


The Correlation between the number of accredited laboratories and domestic GDP (January 2017)

The Correlation between the number of accredited laboratories and domestic GDP (January 2017)

A study has been carried out by the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul to investigate the correlation between gross domestic product and the total number of accredited laboratories in North, Central and South America. It concluded that there is a strong positive correlation between the total number of accredited laboratories and the gross […]


Does ISO 9001 pay? – An analysis of 42 studies

Does ISO 9001 pay? – An analysis of 42 studies

This article, written by Basak Manders and Henk J. de Vries from the Rotterdam School of Management Erasmus University, summarises key results from 42 scientific studies showing that implementing ISO 9001 does enhance financial performance. The researchers looked at financial indicators such as return on assets, sales, investment and equity, and profit margin, profitability, increased […]


Mutual recognition of certification has significant effect on trade in the food, beverage and tobacco industry

Mutual recognition of certification has significant effect on trade in the food, beverage and tobacco industry

The authors examine how third party certification with quality management standards and mutual recognition of certification through international agreements of accreditation bodies creates trust between trading partners and increases bilateral trade. They focus on the food, beverage and tobacco industry and use augmented gravity models for the 2000-2008 period. Their results show that quality management […]


ISO 14001 certification provides critical positive impact on many dimensions of operational performance.

ISO 14001 certification provides critical positive impact on many dimensions of operational performance.

Drawing on data provided by a survey of North American managers, their attitudes toward EMS and ISO 14001, this study assesses the relative effects of having a formal but uncertified EMS compared to having a formal, certified system. The results strongly demonstrate that firms in possession of a formal EMS perceive impacts well beyond pollution […]


Exploring business benefits of internationally recognized certifications

Exploring business benefits of internationally recognized certifications

The authors base their paper on data from a global company survey of certified companies carried out by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) in 2010/11. They use multivariate Probit and ordered Probit models to analyze how company internal and external factors influence the perception of benefits from accredited certification. Benefits from accredited certification are divided […]


ISO 14001 reduces waste and improves environmental performance in US manufacturing organisations

ISO 14001 reduces waste and improves environmental performance in US manufacturing organisations

Research conducted on American manufacturing organisations demonstrates that ISO 14001 certification leads to lower waste rates when compared with companies that do not have ISO 14001 certification. The research showed that ISO 14001 drives tangible improvements in a companies environmental performance and the more waste that is generated, the higher the impact of the certification. The […]


Third party accredited certification support product safety

Third party accredited certification support product safety

A Europe-wide study conducted by the International Federation of Inspection Agencies (IFIA) has revealed that nearly 80% of products tested bearing the CE Mark through self-declaration of conformity (SDoC) did not comply with EU Regulations. The survey also found that 16% of products showed safety-critical failures, resulting in a high risk of shock or fire. […]


US OHSAS 18001 certified firms show significant increases in business and safety performance

US OHSAS 18001 certified firms show significant increases in business and safety performance

Research based on a sample of 211 US listed manufacturing firms with OHSAS 18001 certification (Lo, Pagell, Fana, Wiengarten and Yeung, 2014) concluded that certification leads to significant increases in performance on safety, as well as sales growth, labour productivity and profitability. A copy of the report is available here.  


Comprehensive literature review of 82 scientific studies shows clear benefits of ISO 9001 and ISO 14001

Comprehensive literature review of 82 scientific studies shows clear benefits of ISO 9001 and ISO 14001

A comprehensive literature review of 82 scientific studies relating to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 (Tari, Molina-Azorin and Heras, 2012) concludes that both management system standards provide clear benefits on operational. people and customer performance. Download a copy of the review.  


Environmental Management Systems Certification improves performance according to US Managers

Environmental Management Systems Certification improves performance according to US Managers

Research carried out with managers from North America (Melnyk, Sroufw and Calantone, 2003) found that firms that have gone through Environmental Management Systems certification experience a greater impact on performance that firms that have not. A copy of the report is available here.    


Financial performance of ISO 14001 certified publicly traded US firms is higher than those without certification

Financial performance of ISO 14001 certified publicly traded US firms is higher than those without certification

The effects of ISO 14001 certification on financial performance were investigated by tracking the financials of publicly traded US firms between 1996 and 2005 (De Jong, Paulraj and Blome, 2014). The results demonstrated that ISO 14001 certification shows a significant financial improvement, especially in the long term. A full copy of the report is available […]


US public traded manufacturing firms show improved financial performance with ISO 9001 certification

US public traded manufacturing firms show improved financial performance with ISO 9001 certification

The financial impact of ISO 9001 certification was investigated by tracking the financial performance from 1987 to 1997 of all publicly traded ISO 9001 certification firms in the US (Corbett, Montes-Sancho and Kirsch, 2005). Results confirmed that ISO 9001 certification leads to significant improvements in financial performance, that are also sustained after the initial certification […]


Harvard Business School confirms ISO 9001 US certified companies out-perform similar non-certified one’s

Harvard Business School confirms ISO 9001 US certified companies out-perform similar non-certified one’s

Research carried out by Harvard Business school (Levine and Tofel, 2010) among 1000 organisations, 500 with and 500 without Quality Management Systems implemented and certified, found that ISO 9001 certified organisations had a 9% higher turnover (and higher profit), higher salary levels, and in combination with ISO 14001, produced less waste and fewer incidents. A […]


Gaining a competitive advantage by implementing and using ISO 9001

Gaining a competitive advantage by implementing and using ISO 9001

The effects of ISO 9001 certification were investigated with a survey of 1150 managers from 924 organisations in the USA (2002), comparing the performance of organisations with control groups that had not been ISO 9001 certified (Naveh and Marcus, 2005). Empirical evidence shows that there is a positive effect of ISO 9001 certification in the […]


Intrer-governmental agency promotes use of quality infrastructure to make renewable energy investment decisions

Intrer-governmental agency promotes use of quality infrastructure to make renewable energy investment decisions

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is an intergovernmental organisation that supports countries in their transition to a sustainable energy future, and serves as the principal platform for international cooperation, a centre of excellence, and a repository of policy, technology, resource and financial knowledge on renewable energy. It has published a summary document for policy […]


ISO Economic Benefits of Standards

ISO Economic Benefits of Standards

This publication is intended to assist businesses and individuals to demonstrate the tangible benefits that standards bring to organisations – and, more generally, to citizens and society, by: Highlighting how standards create value for the organizations that use them, and how we calculate the value of standards, and Providing factsheets of case studies that quantify […]


Standards for SMEs

Standards for SMEs

This video, produced by CEN/CENELEC, shows how standards can help SMEs. The video can be viewed on YouTube.


What’s the bottom line?

What’s the bottom line?

This ISO publication sets out how standards provide solutions and achieve benefits for almost all sectors, including agriculture, construction, mechanical engineering, manufacturing, distribution, transport, healthcare, ICT, the environment, and energy. The publication includes external data that demonstrates the impact of standards on certain industries: According to the Canberra-based Centre of International Economics, a sampling of […]


What ISO standards can do for you as an SME

What ISO standards can do for you as an SME

As a small to medium-sized enterprise (SME) looking to expand your business, this ISO brochure shows you how ISO International Standards can enhance your business as they have done for thousands of other small enterprises before you.


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