World Accreditation Day takes place on 9th June 2019, and will focus on how accreditation adds value to supply chains and procurement activities. Over the years, this annual diary date has become increasingly important – promoting the value of accreditation, accredited conformity assessment and standards. There’s a website fit to bust with information about accreditation, training and publications, and you can find it here.
This sounds all very worthy, and an admirable cause. We get that, and so do you. But is accreditation really that important? After all, running a business is hectic, and it’s often an effort just to deliver on time, on budget, and hopefully make a buck at the end of the day. There’s enough to worry about without striving for accreditation, surely. Well, that’s where many companies are getting it wrong.
At isCompliant, accreditation is at the very heart of everything we do. It’s one of the many reasons we created isCompliant. Take the core ISO Standards, for example. These underpin the way we work every day – from health & safety, to environmental management and more. And accreditation can give you the edge over competitors during the procurement process.
For SMEs, accreditation can help them compete on a level playing field with bigger companies. It’s vital to their prosperity. If any company – no matter the size – has secured the necessary accreditation, consumers can have equal confidence in the quality of their business processes, product standards, and supply chain, even if they’re up against a big flashy corporate in the procurement process.
Bring two people together with wildly different personal standards, and you’ll have conflict, misunderstanding, and nothing will get done. But give them a shared set of ideals and aspirations, and they can understand each other, negotiate, exchange, improve and innovate. This is exactly what accreditation does – it facilitates global trade to the same – equal – standards of quality, ethics, security, and responsibility. When two businesses at opposite sides of the globe share the same standards, they’re essentially speaking the same language, and they can get to work.
So, maybe it’s time to put your to-do list to one side for today, and consider how accreditation could improve your business quality, longevity, reach and prosperity. Here’s how: