WHY GET CERTIFIED TO ISO STANDARDS?  

Certification to ISO standards or British standards demonstrates that your organisation works to international or national best practice, demonstrating your credibility and competence to stakeholders and customers. Certifications are legally obligated in some industries, while in other industries they are often included in tender requirements. The guidelines set forth by the standards are applicable to all types and sizes of organisations and aren’t restricted by industry, risk exposure or geographic reach.

ISO stands for International Organisation for Standardisation, whose standards address basic requirements that should be documented and followed rigorously within the scope of the company. These systems can be for quality, environment, safety, or any other aspects of a company. ISO has developed and published more than 23,528 International Standards. When a company implement these systems and applies for certification through an ISO certification body, it needs to clear a surveillance audit as well as a certification audit. The certification body audits the company’s system and for adherence for bare minimum requirements mentioned in ISO. On successful completion of an audit, the organisation is ISO certified by the certification body. This cycle is repeated every three years to ensure the effectiveness of the system, along with a surveillance audit every year.

At ABAC® we can provide you with training and certification for ISO 19600 Compliance Management System, ISO 31000 Risk Management (implementation), and ISO 37001 Anti-Bribery Management Systems (ABMS). 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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HOW CAN ISO CERTIFICATION AND TRAINING CAN HELP YOUR BUSINESS?

  1. Get government tenders: ISO certification is now required in a majority of government tenders.
  2. Build credibility internationally: ISO certification helps your organisation gain credibility to build an overseas business.
  3. Better customer satisfaction: ISO standards are designed to enable an organisation to serve their customers better, and hence increase customer satisfaction. ISO certification enhances customer satisfaction by meeting customer requirements.
  4. Improve product quality: Since product quality matches the international level, this can reduce the risk order rejections which can occur due to the flaw in the product.
  5. Improve business efficiency: ISO certification implementation enhances the functional efficiency of an organisation. ISO certification helps you develop SOPs and work Instructions for all your processes. ISO implementations help you manage your resources effectively, as you become able to use all your resources to their maximum extent.
  6. Improve marketability: ISO certification helps to improve the credibility of business with current and new clients, which leads to creating a niche market for your business.

ISO 37001:2016 ANTI-BRIBERY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

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 19600:2014 COMPLIANCE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

ISO 19600 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 19600:2014 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 19600 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 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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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 19600 as invaluable tools of 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, 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. 

Complete our FREE Highest Ethical Business Assessment (HEBA) & evaluate your current Corporate Compliance Program. Find out if your organisation’s compliance program is in the line with worldwide Compliance, Business Ethics, Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption Frameworks. Let ABAC® experts prepare a complimentary gap analysis of your compliance program to evaluate if it meets “adequate procedures” requirements under UK Bribery Act, DOJ’s Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs Guidance and Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.

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