Is your business ready to seize the opportunities that 2018 presents?
Irrespective of your business goals, there will be two key internationally set priorities for the coming year: reducing emissions and heightening information security. 2018 is the year when the Paris Climate Agreement and GDPR will ripple down to impact on every single organisation – including yours! Working towards ISO Standard certification will support and endorse your efforts in these core areas.
In December 2017, two years after the Paris Agreement, politicians, business leaders, scientists, universities and environmental campaigners were invited to Paris for the One Planet Summit. President Macron made it clear that whilst the level of CO2 emissions is accelerating at reduced levels, the actions taken to date were insufficient to meet the agreed targets for 2020.
The event promoted the need for every country to:
- Take Tangible and Collective Action
- Support One Another
Environmental management isn’t a political agenda: every individual and company has a role to play in mitigating climate change. So far, 237 leading companies including AXA, Virgin, Sodexo, L’Oréal Allianz, Unilever and Michelin have formally committed to reducing their environmental footprint, by signing the Business Climate Pledge.
Banks, insurance companies and other crucial players are also shifting focus to favour companies that are addressing clean energy, effective waste management and the circular economy.
With increasing pressure from stakeholders and customers, a growing number of businesses are expected to prioritise sustainability in 2018. This isn’t simply to protect the planet; there can be far reaching benefits for the organisation too – and that is why this is an opportunity for all organisations, large and small, to benefit from these changes.ISO 14001 Environmental Management
ISO 14001 Environmental Management identifies good working practices, as well as areas for improvement. It enables manageable change to be implemented within daily operations. In many cases, it is possible to boost your environmental credentials whilst increasing efficiency and reducing costs.
Achieving ISO 14001 certification clearly communicates that your company is taking an ethical stance. This could be the factor that gives your business the competitive edge. It’s time to see the opportunities that an environmental approach can bring, manage the risks in your business and make a positive contribution.
Everyone wants to protect their hard earned finances and personal information. When data gets in the wrong hands, the consequences can be disastrous and costly. Companies of all sizes have a responsibility to minimise the risk of employee and customer information being accessed, as well as keeping valuable business documents secure.
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is in place to ensure that all companies comply. In summary, the key points are that every business should:
- Only collect data that serves a justified purpose
- Explain why the data is needed and how it will be used
- Seek approval from the individual to have and hold that data
- Store necessary data securely
- Delete data when it is no longer required – and be able to prove this has been done
Demonstrating your compliance with GDPR will become a top priority from 25th May 2018, as large fines will be imposed on any company found to be in breach of the requirements. Please be aware that SMEs and even sole traders aren’t exempt from GDPR. Also, note that there will be no “slow start” – the legislation comes into full force on the 25th May so you need to be as ready as possible before that date.
ISO 27001 Information Security
Achieving ISO 27001 Information Security certification helps you to ensure that you have robust security in place. It also highlights vulnerabilities, where additional training, updates or processes need to be applied. You can then put measures in place where they will be most beneficial.
ISO 27001 sends a very clear message to your customers, stakeholders and other relevant parties, that your company has their interests at heart. It shows that you manage risks and it builds trust.
The costs, disruption and damage caused by a breach are considerably greater than the effort and cost involved in investing in information security. This alone is a reason to make data protection a priority for 2018.
If your company understand the importance of addressing these issues in the coming year, Qualitation can support your efforts. We are experts in ISO Standards and this is proven by our track record; 100% of our clients have achieved ISO certification on the first attempt.
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