ISO International Standards help businesses of any size and sector reduce costs, increase productivity and access new markets.
For small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs), standards can help to:
- Build customer confidence that your products are safe and reliable
- Meet regulation requirements, at a lower cost
- Reduce costs across all aspects of your business
- Gain market access across the world
Standards make market access easier, in particular for SMEs. They can enhance brand recognition and give customers the guarantee that the technology is tested and reliable.
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Top tips for SMEs
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ISO 50001 for SMEs
Whatever size your business is, being less wasteful makes good sense.
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ISO 14046 for SMEs
How much water do you use?
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ISO 20121 for SMEs
Got a big event coming up?
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Publications for SMEs
Discover our publications aimed specifically at SMEs.
Getting involved in standards development
ISO International Standards are developed with the help of a wide range of stakeholders - not just big business. Active involvement helps you shape the rules that define your sector. Don't leave it all up to your competitors.
ISO Standards and SMEs in the real world
Not taking part [in standardization] would have cost me my company and my livelihood… What does it cost me if others define rules that are out of line with my needs but which I have to comply with because they are laid down in a standard ? It is best to join in right at the start.
Scuba Schools Dive Training is an SME based in Austria.
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Standards specific to SMEs
- Environmental management systemsGuidelines for a flexible approach to phased implementation