Discover how to demonstrate Corporate Compliance Programme with Integrated Management Systems (IMS). Merging ISO 37001 Anti-Bribery Management Systems, ISO 37002 Whistleblower Management, ISO 37301 Compliance Management Systems and the new ISO 37000 Governance of Organisations all in one.

WHAT IS AN INTEGRATED MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS (IMS)?

Integrated Management Systems (IMS) merges your ISO management processes into one convenient system, reducing hassle, cutting waste and refining compliance. With pre-defined processes and procedures, it gives businesses like yours a helping hand in achieving best practices for quality, environmental impact, occupational health and safety, and many more.

You can easily coordinate multiple business operations with just one system to oversee, saving time and unnecessary work. This will positively impact your efficiency by boosting output through fewer processes and maximising the use of your internal resources. By conducting just one audit and one management review, you can save time and money, and senior staff can move on to other essential tasks. In other words, it’s a time-saver as well as a money-maker.

At ABAC®, we can provide you with training and certification for ISO 37002 Whistleblower Management System, ISO 37000 Governance of Organisations, ISO 37001 Anti-Bribery Management Systems (ABMS), ISO 37301 Compliance Management System and ISO 31000 Risk Management – Guidelines. ABAC® works with clients of all industries, sizes and organisation types to develop robust programs using the latest techniques and best practices that help foster an ethical business culture.

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WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF AN IMS?

Management systems with common points, tasks and processes can be combined and managed as one for streamlined efficiency. But what boost can this give your business?

  • Performance: Push your business with improved management processes. With streamlined procedures and continual improvement, your business can benefit from better quality, improved health and safety and increased productivity.
  • Streamlined management: Take advantage of aligned objectives and processes and tackle them at the same time for streamlined efficiency.
  • Faster Implementation: With just one system, you can develop and implement new management systems in far less time, allowing you to start reaping the rewards of greater efficiency more quickly.
  • Co-operation and coordination: Coordinate your efforts towards continual improvement and use your multiple Standards to support your company’s growth.
  • Cost-effective solution: Shared tasks and processes mean the cost of implementing and maintaining your system could have a positive effect on your costs. By conducting just one audit and one management review, you can save both time and money.
  • Consistency: Integrating your systems strips away complexity. With aligned systems and shared processes, you can make your procedures more logical and coherent. It will make common business goals stand out and give your business clearer, more defined objectives for success.
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WILL AN INTEGRATED MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS SUIT MY BUSINESS?

An Integrated Management Systems can be a perfect fit for many businesses wanting greater efficiency. But some may prefer to keep their ISO management separate.

Before you go ahead, it’s worth bearing the following in mind:

  • Structure: If individual Standards are currently handled by different managers, you may need to reorganise them so that they work together more closely. You may even prefer to put one person in charge of the whole integrated platform.
  • Consistency: An integrated system means that all of your Standards are viewed as a single unit due to their crossovers. If an auditor flags up areas for improvement (non-conformances) for just one Standard, this will affect the whole integrated product. Consistency across the Standards is key.
  • Audits: In order to assess the compliance and relevance of your system, an external audit may require more preparation and time.
  • Implementation: If you’re new to ISOs and want to achieve multiple Standards in one go, you will need to implement good business practices in several areas at once. But if you have the resources and staff to see it through, it can be a great way to achieve a hole-in-one. And of course, if you already have one Standard, you are well on your way to achieving another.
  • Responsibility: Depending on your business’ structure, you may discover some clashes for the responsibility of a quality management system and an environmental system.
  • Documentation: To ensure that every aspect of your integrated system is mapped out and maintained, the documentation to support it can become more detailed and intricate
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WHICH ISO CAN BE COMBINED?

A common framework, known as the Annex SL, means that several ISOs now share their 10 clauses with other Standards that fall into this group. As a result, they work well together in an integrated system and changes and improvements are easier to adopt and understand throughout your business.

Our ISO options combine popularity with flexibility to give businesses a streamlined route to multiple ISOs. Simply choose the best fit for your business and your business goals.

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ISO 37001:2016 ANTI-BRIBERY MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS

ISO has developed a standard – ISO 37001:2016 ABMS – to help organisations promote an ethical business culture. “Designed to help your organisation implement an anti-bribery management system (ABMS), and/or enhance the controls you currently have. It helps to reduce the risk of bribery [and corruption] occurring and can demonstrate to your stakeholders that you have put in place internationally recognised good-practice anti-bribery [and anti-corruption] controls”.

This new standard mirrors numerous steps contained in the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (DOJ and SEC) and Good Practice Guidance on Internal Controls, Ethics and Compliance (OECD), Anti-Corruption Ethics and Compliance Handbook for Business (OECD), UK Bribery Act 2010 and the British Ministry of Justice’s Adequate Procedures document. ISO 37001 ABMS Standard is flexible and can be adapted to manage many types of bribery in addition to suiting any type of business locally or worldwide.

ISO 37001 certifies that your organisation has implemented reasonable and proportionate measures to prevent bribery. These measures involve top-level leadership, training, bribery risk assessment, due diligence adequacy, financial and commercial controls, reporting, audit, and investigation.

Make a step to protect your organisation from bribery and corruption risks – apply for the ISO 37001 certification today.

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ISO 37301:2021 COMPLIANCE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS

ISO 37301 sets out the expectations and responsibilities for those in the governing body (i.e. board of directors) and top management (i.e. C-suite roles) of an organisation. The standard makes it clear that both groups bear the primary responsibility for compliance management.

Good corporate governance begins at the top, with a strong leadership desire to demonstrate a commitment to compliance by providing resources, management and oversight of the compliance management system. It requires providing a clear and documented compliance policy that states their commitment to compliance and to continual improvement. In addition to senior management groups, guidance is provided as to the roles of middle- and lower-level management in supporting compliance in their general day-to-day activities – all employees are required to play their part.

The challenge comes in interpreting and complying with the many various laws, standards, codes and rules which companies face at a local, regional, and national level. Because of these challenges, you must develop a robust internal system to safeguard your organisation. The guidelines set forth in the internationally accepted ISO 37301:2021 Compliance Management Systems represent the first step in developing a framework that protects the organisation from falling victim.

The first step in demonstrating your and/or your organisation’s commitment to implementing an effective compliance management system is to commit to ISO 37301 certification. At ABAC®, our program is designed to assist in developing processes and systems that help your organisation to effectively manage compliance risks and foster a system-wide culture of business integrity.

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ISO 37000:2021 GOVERNANCE OF ORGANISATIONS

ISO 37000 – the first-ever international benchmark for good Governance. ISO 37000:2021 Governance of organisations — Guidance provides organisations and their governing bodies the tools they need to govern well, enabling them to perform effectively while behaving ethically and responsibly. ISO 37000:2021 makes it possible to meet your business and financial goals and still behave ethically and responsibly.

In the eyes of your stakeholders, business success has become much more advanced than just production efficiency, making a profit, and keeping investors happy. To truly succeed, today’s business organisations must satisfy a broader base of stakeholders, placing more burden on the business to meet a growing list of ethical, social and environmental responsibilities.

ISO 37000:2021, “Governance of Organisations – Guidance,” strives to help businesses handle that increasing burden by providing guidelines and guidance on best practices related to good Governance, which can help position the organisation as highly ethical and gain credibility, integrity and a competitive edge in the marketplace. ABAC®, powered by CRI Group,  is designed to assist in developing processes and systems that help your organisation effectively manage compliance risks and foster a system-wide culture of business integrity. Comply with confidence with ISO 37000!

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ISO 31000:2018 RISK MANAGEMENT

ISO 31000:2018 Risk Management provides principles, framework and a process for managing risk. Public, private and community enterprises can all benefit from ISO 31000:2018 because it covers most business activities, including research, planning, management and communications. Implementing ISO 31000:2018 can help organisations increase the likelihood of achieving objectives, improve the identification of opportunities and threats and effectively allocate and use resources for risk treatment.

All types and sizes of organisations face internal and external factors that directly impact whether an organisation can achieve their objectives or not. ISO 31000 serves as a guide for the design, implementation and maintenance of risk management, ISO 31000:2018 describes a systematic and logical process, during which organisations manage risk by identifying it, analysing it, and then make a determination as to mitigating the risk treatment in a way that is consistent with their risk appetite. An organisation can implement risk management across the entire company, and it can do so at any time. It can also tailor these controls to specific areas and activities in the business.

The integration of the ISO 31000 framework within an organisation ensures the consistency and the effectiveness of management across all its areas such as IT, HR, compliance, quality, health and safety, business continuity, etc.

Prove yours and/or your organisation’s commitment to implementing effective risk management with ISO 31000:2018.

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HOW MUCH DOES AN INTEGRATED MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS COST?

The pricing of our Integrated Management Systems depends on the combination of Standards you choose, and other factors related to your business.

ABAC® programs can be tailored in accordance with your organisation’s requirements. Get in touch with us to discuss your needs or get a bespoke free quote.

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WHY ABAC® CERTIFICATION?

  • We are a UKAS and EIAC accredited certification body (ISO 37001 ABMS)
  • No hidden fees such as expenses or management fees
  • Friendly, experienced auditors who work efficiently to minimise downtime & write reports in plain language
  • More than 30 years of experience with offices worldwide
  • Save time and money with our multi-standard auditors

ABAC® programs can be tailored in accordance with your organisation’s requirements. Get in touch with us to discuss your needs or get a free quote below.

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EXPAND YOUR THIRD-PARTY RISK MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES

Consider ISO 37001, ISO 31000 and ISO 37301 as invaluable tools for your Third-Party Risk Management Strategy. Combined with due diligence, background screening, business intelligence and compliance solutions, ISO standard certifications and training can lift your overall risk management process and help your business mitigate risks from third-party affiliations, protecting your organisation from liability, brand damage and harm to the business.

Provided with CRI Group, a global leader in risk management, due diligence and background screening solutions, the 3PRM™ program is flexible and responsive to the various risk domains that are most important to your business. With a network of trained professionals positioned across five continents, CRI Group’s 3PRM™ services utilise one of the largest multi-national fraud investigation teams the industry has to offer.

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ISO 31000 AND ISO 37001 TRAINING

At ABAC®, we understand how important anti-bribery, anti-corruption, risk and compliance training is for your career and your company. A company’s own employees are its best protection against the fraud risks. Statistics show that most corruption is detected internally. Give your employees the tools they need to prevent bribery and mitigate related risks. Achieving ISO 37001 or ISO 31000 training is a proactive way of demonstrating your organisation’s commitment to ethical sustainability and global risk management. Your employees will be able to recognise the forms of risks, bribery and corruption, and report it.

Learn more about our anti-bribery, anti-corruption and risk management training offerings below.

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Prove that your business is ethical. 

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