As consumers, we all want to be sure that what we feed our families is safe; not too much salt, not too much fat, in date, sourced sustainably. Times have changed for the better for those of us who now have such luxuries.

The UK the food industry operates a traffic light labelling system. Labels show the proportions of fat, saturated fats, sugar and salt which are represented as red for high amounts, amber for medium and green for low.

UK food retailers Sainsbury’s, Asda, Waitrose, Co-Operative and Marks and Spencer operate the system. Whereas Tesco, Morrisons and Somerfield operate guideline daily amounts (GDAs). These labels show percentages of guideline daily amounts of sugar, salt, fat and calories in each serving.

Could such guidelines be used for organisations? Could individual businesses be assessed in the same way to help in purchasing decision making? The simple answer is yes, and it already exists; ISO standards operate across the world and across industry sectors. The standards are international and the same awarding criteria is used whether your company is in the UK, USA, Kenya or Australia.

ISO has developed over 19 000 International Standards on a variety of subjects and more than 1000 new ISO standards are published every year. IMSM support companies across the world interested in developing ISO Management Systems. ISO 9001 Quality Management System is recognised as the most adopted standard across the world and details the steps necessary to adopt a Quality Management System (QMS) in line with the International Standards Organisation (ISO), local statutory and regulatory requirements. ISO 9001 is designed to help organisations ensure they meet the needs and expectations of both customers and other interested parties. ISO9001 deals with the fundamentals of a Quality Management System (QMS) based on eight management principles covering:

  • Customer Focus
  • Leadership
  • Involvement of People
  • Process Approach
  • System Approach to Management
  • Continual Improvement
  • Factual Approach to Decision Making
  • Mutually Beneficial Supplier Relationships

Now, wouldn’t it save a lot of time, money and stress if organisations were to make it easier for us all to buy from them through the adoption of the internationally recognised ISO Standards? Possibly going as far as adopting a system of colour coding, helping us all too instantly recognise a quality business from the others?

For information and a starter pack for your ISO Standard please contact IMSM today and start your journey with the ISO specialists.

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