It has been interesting to note that since the beginning of 2012 Certification International has witnessed increased demand for ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004 and OHSAS 18001:2007 certification, particularly in the civil engineering and recycling sectors. We’ve issued certificates to companies such as MJ Church, Powerday Plc, Britannia Crest Waste Recycling and the Waverley Group to some or all of these internationally recognised standards.
It is actually very encouraging to see that these key elements – improved quality, care for the environment and health and safety are being seen as increasingly important to businesses. The good news is that these important standards can be integrated seamlessly into an organisations business functions to achieve efficiency in their quality, environmental and occupational health and safety management systems – which in turn enables them to offer high quality services that are both safe and great for the environment as well as their employees.
Certification to environmental standards is undoubtedly growing in popularity. Since 2008, the number of certificates issued for ISO 14001:2004 for environmental management has increased by 300% due to the increased importance of meeting corporate social responsibility requirements and increased media attention.
At Certification International we think it is encouraging that so many organisations are putting these measures in place to improve their performance and to ensure high standards are maintained. More importantly, it also demonstrates a commitment to continuous improvement of business practices.
In an increasingly competitive market place, to be seen as a trusted organisation is critical and a certification mark is therefore a valued and distinctive accolade. We believe the significant increase in demand for certification can be attributed to companies seeing the benefits of conforming to internationally recognised standards as well as being able to implement operations which allow them to integrate quality, environment and health and safety into all their management systems. By undergoing the process of independent assessment and certification it ensures that their products, services and processes meet required standards for the benefit of staff, suppliers and customers alike.