ISO 9001 certification in the supply chain

ISO 9001 certification in the supply chain


ISO 9001 brings many benefits to the overall performance of your organization, it is an efficient tool for process improvement and supply chain management. Continuous improvement produces economic benefits for your organization if you know how to manage the relationship and audits with your suppliers.

3 main benefits of ISO 9001 certification in the supply chain:

Control of external services and suppliers: periodic reviews with the main suppliers to certify that they comply with the indicated criteria, delivery terms, quality and price. The use of specific indicators or inspections is recommended as part of the integral quality system.
Supplier audits: take control as a company of your external suppliers and work together to achieve improvements in production and prices, quality of products and services; as well as seek alignment with customer demand within the organizations along the chains to generate added value and achieve customer satisfaction.
Risks and opportunities: ISO 9001 takes into account all the problems and opportunities that may arise within your supply chain, such as cost reduction and the design of risk management systems to take preventive actions and to integrate the risk factor in all your organization’s decisions.

You must take into account that this standard focuses on processes, this implies documenting and implementing processes, resources, methods and controls that demonstrate compliance with the standard. You must start with the documentation of processes and their execution. Supply chains operate in inter-organizational processes that must be perfectly documented.

Your organization must recognize the threats and opportunities that affect the achievement of its objectives, must plan and take actions to address the risks, in this regard must decree which risks must be monitored, measured, analyzed and evaluated.


ISO 14001 is the standard focused on environmental management systems that establish practices that lead to a reduction in the environmental impact caused by companies in their production processes and product manufacturing. Its main objective is to reduce waste and increase profits through the use of the system’s key productivity indicators.

A classification of consumables and a measurement of the results of the production process must be performed, with this you can start your waste reduction process, being responsible for the entire life cycle of the product by managing the recycling that you are going to implement.

What does it mean to have the 3R’s?

Once your organization has implemented ISO 14001, you have the task of ensuring that your supply chain manages its waste correctly and efficiently. In order to understand this we need to know what these terms mean:

Reduction: is the reduction of the use of raw materials, energy, water and consumables to reduce waste consumption.

Reuse: is the extension of the life cycle of a product through similar or alternative uses of a material, once the function to which it was originally assigned has been properly executed.

Recycling: is the recovery of a resource already used to generate a new product, that is to say, to carry out a correct waste management that allows obtaining new products, this is an alternative to the previous reduction and reuse.


For your company to be certified in this standard, you must implement, document, maintain and improve your environmental management system taking into account the following:

Environmental policy: Document defined by top management, which consists of a written, precise and clear statement of the environmental intentions and principles that your organization has in accordance with the business, quality, safety and hygiene policies of the organization that guarantees compliance with legal environmental requirements.

Planning: You must have a planning process that contains environmental aspects, legal requirements, objectives, targets and programs.

Implementation and operation: this section limits the essential aspects to carry out a good environmental management such as resources, responsibilities, authorities and awareness.

Verification: It is the follow-up and measurement of your management system, by evaluating the environmental performance, this in order to identify and prevent possible problems.

All this so that all your employees can verify, check and even those who have the capacity to do so, correct the practices that are being carried out for the implementation of the system.

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