The standards are made up of “documents that provide requirements, specifications, guidelines or characteristics that can be used consistently to ensure that materials, products, processes and services are fit for their purpose”. Each standard stands for a different good, service, or process. It is up to the company to decide which standard best fits the needs of the company.
There are currently more than 20,000 published standards. Two examples are the ISO 9000 family of standards that deal with the quality of products and services and the ISO 14001 family, which helps companies and organizations manage their environmental responsibilities, among others.
If you are looking to bid and win tenders, for example, being ISO certified will significantly impact your ability to be adopted as a supplier, especially for work in the Public Sector. Moreover, certification adds credibility to your business, thus increasing customer satisfaction and confidence in your brand. Other benefits include cost savings and greater market share.