The benefits certification has for all businesses can be huge. It's achievement through certification, certainty with confirmation and recognition from regulation.
The standards your company achieve are often the quickest way a potential customer will identify your strengths and capabilities. It's how they'll make the ultimate decision whether to go ahead and use your goods or services.
The certification you display highlights the monitoring, assessment and improvement systems you have in place. It shows consumers that your business values the quality of its output. In a competitive industry, this is what can make the difference between success and failure.
Getting the message out there is part of the process. We advise our clients how best to maximise the visibility of their certification achievements, ensuring the market is fully aware of legitimate claims of capability and quality.
Some New Zealand businesses see audits for certification as 'necessary evils' or -'ticks of a box.' With an innovative perspective and the right application of processes and analysis they can provide so much more however - allowing a business to enhance and evolve their internal systems and everyday output.
For a start, increased awareness within the business is of huge benefit, with greater company-wide understanding of standards, management systems and improvement frameworks and techniques. Then there is the effective implementation of management systems and other assurance programmes.
With the enhanced capacity to audit and maintain internal management systems waste is also reduced. Also, processes are honed to reduce defects and disruption while enhancing desired outcomes. Finally, there is the ability to enact a system of continuous improvement - an approach that helps a business go beyond compliance to build a forward-thinking culture across all organisational systems and processes.
Taking your brand onto the world stage generally requires adherence to internationally recognised certification. Here, the standard you display can make a huge difference if its true a picture can paint a thousand words then a few letters and numbers can often paint millions.
As part of the Mutual Recognition Arrangements between Accreditation Bodies in these economies, the certificates we issue for quality and environmental management systems can be relied upon for international trade. This avoids any technical barriers to trade that would otherwise ultimately increase costs for exporters, importers and consumers.
ISO standards such as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 are recognised throughout this country and by at least 170* other countries. To date, over 1 million certificates have been issued worldwide and certifications continue to grow between 3% and 6% annually.
This means your business can quickly break through any potential language and cultural barriers making a clear statement of quality and capability.
(*ISO Survey 2013)
Increasingly New Zealand and Australian businesses are being required to establish management systems that ensure the safety of employees and public in the workplace is actively managed. New legislation in New Zealand combined with increasingly litigious interventions by regulatory entities and individuals is leading to all layers of the organisation needing to understand what they personally and collectively need to be doing to minimise work place injuries.
Having clear line of sight from the board of the organisation right through to Operational activities (including sub-contracted activities) in relation to risks, hazards, injuries and subsequent remedial activities is paramount in modern business. Increasingly organisations are turning to Telarc to review the end to end Health and Safety Governance of the business and to provide insight into areas for improvement, this then leads to recognition to either more actively manage an already deployed internationally recognised management system (ISO18001, AS/NZS4801) to upgrade from locally recognised system to one that is internationally recognised.
The end result is that the organisations are increasingly being recognised for making conscious effort right across the business to create an increasingly safe work environment.