ISO accreditation in the UK means that a third party has verified that a company meets the required standards of a product and or service. The benefits of being accredited with ISO 14001 and ISO 9001 is that it creates accountability for the business.
Consumers and those who are affiliated with the company are therefore more confident in a business with such a certification. For the UK specifically it is valued as they are in one of the top 10 countries who possess the highest number of certifications.
An ISO 14001 accreditation provides a business with a certification for environmental standards. That means that a company is given 'green
credentials' which means that they are trusted in the ways of being environmentally friendly. The assigned business would be selling products or giving services which meet the standards that are considered to be not harmful to the environment.
A company with such an ISO accreditation must adhere to the requirements in order to stay certified.
For a ISO 9001 accreditation, the quality of the product and or service must be met. This allows for the company to be qualified for tenders. Having such a certification allows for quality control and also sets a standard for other companies to follow. A company without an ISO accreditation would not be what is considered a trusted source.
This is why it is in a major purchasers best interest to become ISO accredited.
The certifications in ISO accreditation is a requirement for all major purchasers. However even smaller companies should adhere to such standards. The UK specifically has definitely paved the road for setting standards in accountability, sustainability, and requirements. As the trend grows, more initiatives to follow the standards will be applied.