Webster Dictionary defines Panacea as a cure for all illnesses. In other words it is one medicine for all ailments.
In industry Circles ISO may be treated as a panacea for all management problems irrespective of what is being managed, be it production or services
Obvious but a question not asked by many is that how can standardization be a solution to all problems. This is because what is being standardized is not a process or a product. ISO aims to standardize a complete system. This standardization encompasses all aspects of management starting from context of the organization and Commitment of the leadership to performance evaluation and continual improvement.
ISO has a reach which is all pervasive and is almost omnipresent. Even a partial look at the range of available standards verifies the veracity of the statement.
ISO 9001 Quality Management
ISO 14001 Environment management
ISO 13485 Medical Devices Management
ISO 15189 Medical laboratories
ISO 15378 Primary Packaging Materials for Medical supplies
ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety Management
ISO 50001 Energy Management
ISO 55001 Asset Management
ISO 10993 Biological Evaluations of Medical Devices
ISO 27001 Information Security Management
ISO 12417 Photographic Equipment
ISO 20760 Water Re- Use in Urban Areas
ISO has over 1600 standards for the food production sector designed to create confidence in food products, improve agricultural methods and promote sustainable and ethical purchasing. They also cover a number of other areas including nutritional and safety testing, quality, packaging, and traceability
- “When [women’s] lives are improved, the benefits reverberate across society,” says Loew. She cited the ways in which inequality pays compound interest, “women and girls bear the greatest burden of energy poverty – gathering fuel for an average of 18 hours per week”, with a knock-on effect of lower school attendance than their male counterparts.” ( Source: https://www.iso.org/news/) Just by adding better burning burners and alternate fuel the burden on women can be reduced and economy can show improvements in many developing countries
ISO now works for Gender equality
Gender equality is a key component of social responsibility, and the empowerment of women and their equality in society is underlined in ISO 26000, Guidance on social responsibility. (https://www.iso.org/files/live/sites/isoorg/files/store/en/PUB100429.pdf)
ISO is now working on Standards for receiving education
The list seems endless
Why is ISO so important?
ISO is a global alliance drawn from approximately 140 countries
ISO establishes and publishes standards that help make it possible to have common understanding in international trade for goods and services.
ISO is a gateway to all domestic and international markets
Standards are available for almost all activities in an Industry
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