The University of Western Macedonia was certified under ISO 37001:2016, ISO 14001:2017 and ISO 26000:2010 according to the International Organization of Standardization (ISO) standards last week.
ISO 37001:2016 specifies requirements and provides guidance for establishing, implementing, maintaining, reviewing, and improving an anti-bribery management system. ISO 37001:2016 addresses the following in relation to the organization’s activities:
- bribery in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors.
- bribery by the organization.
- bribery by the organization’s personnel acting on the organization’s behalf or for its benefit.
- bribery by the organization’s business associates acting on the organization’s behalf or for its benefit.
- bribery of the organization.
- bribery of the organization’s personnel in relation to the organization’s activities.
- bribery of the organization’s business associates in relation to the organization’s activities.
- direct and indirect bribery (e.g., a bribe offered or accepted through or by a third party).
ISO 14001:2017 specifies the requirements for an environmental management system that an organization can use to enhance its environmental performance. It is intended for use by an organization seeking to manage its environmental responsibilities in a systematic manner that contributes to the environmental pillar of sustainability. Consistent with the organization’s environmental policy, the intended outcomes of an environmental management system include:
- enhancement of environmental performance.
- fulfilment of compliance obligations.
- achievement of environmental objectives.
ISO 26000:2010 is intended to:
- assist organizations in contributing to sustainable development.
- encourage them to go beyond legal compliance, recognizing that compliance with law is a fundamental duty of any organization and an essential part of their social responsibility.
- promote common understanding in the field of social responsibility.
- complement other instruments and initiatives for social responsibility, not to replace them.
It should be noted that UoWM has been already certified under ISO 9001:2015.
ISO 9001:2015 contains eight key principles of quality management which is not auditable but do form the fundamental characteristics of quality management:
- customer focus and customer satisfaction
- involvement of people
- process approach
- a systematic approach to management
- continual improvement
- factual approach to decision making
- mutually beneficial supplier relationship