ISO 9000 principles

Principle 1 Customer focus

Organizations depend on their customers and therefore should understand current and future customer needs, should meet customer requirements and strive to exceed customer expectations.

Key benefits:

  1. Increased revenue and market share obtained through flexible and fast responses to market opportunities.
  2. Increased effectiveness in the use of the organization’s resources to enhance customer satisfaction.
  3. Improved customer loyalty leading to repeat business.

Principle 2 Leadership

Leaders establish unity of purpose and direction of the organization. They should create and maintain the internal environment in which people can become fully involved in achieving the organization’s objectives.

Key benefits:

  1. People will understand and be motivated towards the organization’s goals and objectives.
  2. Activities are evaluated, aligned and implemented in a unified way.
  3. Miscommunication between levels of an organization will be minimized.

Principle 3 Involvement of people

People at all levels are the essence of an organization and their full involvement enables their abilities to be used for the organization’s benefit.

Key benefits:

  1. Motivated, committed and involved people within the organization.
  2. Innovation and creativity in furthering the organization’s objectives.
  3. People being accountable for their own performance.
  4. People eager to participate in and contribute to continual improvement.

Principle 4 Process approach

A desired result is achieved more efficiently when activities and related resources are managed as a process.

Key benefits:

  1. Lower costs and shorter cycle times through effective use of resources.
  2. Improved, consistent and predictable results.
  3. Focused and prioritized improvement opportunities.

Principle 5 System approach to management

Identifying, understanding and managing interrelated processes as a system contributes to the organization’s effectiveness and efficiency in achieving its objectives.

Key benefits:

  1. Integration and alignment of the processes that will best achieve the desired results.
  2. Ability to focus effort on the key processes.
  3. Providing confidence to interested parties as to the consistency, effectiveness and efficiency of the organization.

Principle 6 Continual improvement

Continual improvement of the organization’s overall performance should be a permanent objective of the organization.

Key benefits:

  1. Performance advantage through improved organizational capabilities.
  2. Alignment of improvement activities at all levels to an organization’s strategic intent.
  3. Flexibility to react quickly to opportunities.

Principle 7 Factual approach to decision making

Effective decisions are based on the analysis of data and information.

Key benefits:

  1. Informed decisions.
  2. An increased ability to demonstrate the effectiveness of past decisions through reference to factual records.
  3. Increased ability to review, challenge and change opinions and decisions.

Principle 8 Mutually beneficial supplier relationships

An organization and its suppliers are interdependent and a mutually beneficial relationship enhances the ability of both to create value.

Key benefits:

  1. Increased ability to create value for both parties.
  2. Flexibility and speed of joint responses to changing market or customer needs and expectations.
  3. Optimization of costs and resources.

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