Fluke Calibration is one of the world’s leaders in precision calibration instruments, equipment, service and software for measuring electrical activity, radio frequency, temperature, humidity, pressure and flow. Its instruments are used in calibration laboratories and process measurement instrument shops across the globe, including nearly every National Metrology Institute. With offices and customers on every continent, […]
University Health System (UHS) in San Antonio, Texas achieved accredited certification to ISO 55001 Standards. UHS is a nationally recognised teaching hospital and network of outpatient healthcare centres, owned by the people of Bexar County in Texas. UHS has been in existence for over 100 years and utilises and maintains state of the art healthcare […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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 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, […]
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 […]
This short infographic provides data and examples to demonstrate the impact of the National Quality Infrastructure in terms of Enhanced Competitiveness Reduced Testing & Certification Burden Expanded and Open Markets Increased Innovation & Technology Diffusion Improved Efficiency Increased Productivity Gains Safety, Health, Environmental Application A more detailed description of how the QI enhances competition is […]
A study carried out by ISO’s Technical Committees to identify whether standards play a role in preventing accidental fatalities, revealed that country-level participation in the ISO’s technical committees – the group of experts that develops standards – showed that a 1 per cent increase in technical committee participation was associated with a 0.19% decrease in […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
In a world with rapidly growing international trade, countries compete less on the availability of natural resources, geographical advantages, and lower labour costs and more on factors related to a firm’s ability to enter and compete in new markets. One such factor is the ability to demonstrate the quality and safety of goods and services […]
Mutual distributed ledger (MDL, aka blockchain) technology has the potential to bring new opportunities and efficiencies to the financial industry. As with any new technology, MDLs expose organisations to new risks. Regulators have responsibility for protecting consumers and overseeing the integrity of markets. Regulators respond to risks in two main ways: through the development of […]
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 […]
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 […]
This video, produced by CEN/CENELEC, shows how standards can help SMEs. The video can be viewed on YouTube.
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 […]
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.