Ocean Footprint – ISO9001
Ocean Footprint is certified as an ISO9001:2015 company through Lloyds Register quality assurance, an organisation that is well respected in the maritime sector. The ISO 9000 family addresses various aspects of quality management and contains some of the International Organization for Standardization’s (ISO) best-known standards. The standards provide guidance and tools for companies and organizations who want to ensure that their products and services consistently meet customer’s requirements and that quality is consistently improved.
ISO 9001:2015 sets out the criteria for a quality management system and is the only standard in the family that can be certified to. It can be used by any organization, large or small, regardless of its field of activity. In fact, there are over one million companies and organizations in over 170 countries certified to ISO 9001
This standard is based on a number of quality management principles including a strong customer focus, the motivation and implication of top management, the process approach and continual improvement. Using ISO 9001:2015 helps ensure that customers get consistent, good quality products and services, which in turn brings many business benefits
Designed for organisations of any size and in any sector, ISO 9001:2015 certification enables us to demonstrate that we are committed to meeting customer and stakeholder needs and expectations through quality and continual improvement
New business opportunities
In many cases, independent third-party certification to ISO 9001 is a requirement to trade and through our globally recognised brand, certification from LR provides a competitive advantage. Where certification is not a contractual obligation, it provides credibility to develop secure business relationships within our supply chain
By following the best practice principles found in ISO 9001, certification helps develop a more robust approach to risk management and a greater understanding of the internal and external context of our organisation, which will contribute to our business effectiveness and performance
ISO 9001 follows Annex SL, the High-Level Structure used by all new and revised ISO standards, which makes it far simpler for management system controls to be integrated into a single ‘business management system’, helping reduce duplication in cost and effort
Why did we use Lloyds?
LR was the first certification body to gain accreditation from the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS), which means we were confident they had the experience, expertise and professionalism to carry out our assessment. Also being in the maritime sector it is added assurance that we have or accreditation from an organisation steeped in the marine sector. Ocean Footprint deals on a regular basis on vessels certified by Lloyds and provides equipment certified to Lloyds standards
Their assessors are industry specialists who are matched with our business needs to ensure we add value through an effective and robust audit of our system and by making the appropriate recommendations to improve our management system and business at the same time. We have already had savings from our systems that easily exceed the costs of setting up our ISO 9001
Our business helps LR to help others
The profits LR generate fund the Lloyd’s Register Foundation, a charity which supports science and engineering-related research, education and public engagement around everything they do. All of this helps them stand by the purpose that drives us every single day: Working together for a safer world