The International Standards Organization is made up of 165 contributing national standards organizations. ISO allows its members to share information in order to develop standards for a wide range of industries to promote consistency while still allowing you to address changing technologies, innovations, and market demands. They maintain central governance over its membership to ensure your quality processes are sustained by high standards and a strong code of ethics.
ISO has established a 2016 – 2020 strategy that continues its proven processes but with an emphasis on extending and cementing its standards so that they can be applied to business economies throughout the world. Growing your future with ISO standards means embracing a comprehensive system in support of global initiatives. The 2016 – 2020 Strategic Plan is regarded as a living document subject to change, but will nonetheless guide the ISO’s decisions in six key areas.
1. Develop High-Quality Standards
It’s broad membership will enable ISO to define and meet the requirements of a range of markets and cultures. These standards must meet the needs of industrial leaders, regulations, consumer protection, and other parties related to your concerns. They will promote better project management, communication, and technical and procedural efficiency. You must have the confidence that you can improve quality consistency by following ISO guidelines.
2. Engage Stakeholders and Partners
Engaging all stakeholders is necessary to reinforce the relevance and credibility of the ISO. You should be empowered to see that your local public and industry authorities are an integral part of the ISO framework. This includes recognition of your priorities and challenges as well as multilingual translations to ensure cooperation. Under-represented interests as well as experts in academic circles and emerging innovators must be included. The Strategy also involves embracing younger generations entering their respective fields.
3. People and Organizational Development
ISO’s most valuable resource is its range of member organizations. A priority over the 2016 – 2020 period is developing the capabilities of your local standards bodies both in terms of individual abilities and organizational improvement. This means providing more opportunities for economic growth, education, and work programs to provide you more international opportunities. Much of this is already covered through the ISO Action Plan for Developing Countries.
4. Use of Technology
Constant technical change means implementing new practices into your industry or sector. This includes new understanding of how information is shared and how intellectual property is protected across geographic borders. The ISO Strategy includes providing better member access to both the ISO community and third-party services to provide you with the latest technical solutions. It’s essential that members develop flexible but robust solutions for integrating industry needs with ISO digital content.
The value in sharing ISO information should be recognized by leaders in both the private and public sectors, as well as the public. Members organizations are encouraged to represent ISO in their respective nations and become the means of collecting information and disseminating insights and changes. This includes delivering high-quality and easy-to-interpret publication of materials across all media to enable your compliance with ISO standards. Members will be called upon to take part in ISO events and develop better relationships with their governments, the populace, and your company. The goal is providing effective channels of communication among strategic ISO partners.
6. Universal ISO Standards
All of the above elements are required to make ISO internationally relevant and trusted to improve collaboration everywhere. This requires building a coherent collection of guidelines that can be used effectively to provide clear benefits to you and your customers. Members will be enabled to connect with their markets to deliver and support ISO content. This will increase the value of ISO standards as tools for providing you improved performance while meeting the expectations of your consumers. Part of this objective is providing standards for assessment to ensure both you and competitors conform to ISO standards in development and application.
Within the ISO, metrics are established to gauge the progress of implementing practices in accordance with the 2016 – 2020 Strategy. Understanding and embracing ISO standards will enable more reliability of quality processes and greater customer confidence in your organization.