ISO standards cover many different fields, such as:
The ISO 9001:2008 standard – establishes the criteria for quality management systems. Any organization – large or small – can utilize this standard, regardless of what it does. In fact, over 1 million companies and organizations implement this standard in over 170 countries around the world.
The ISO 14001:2004 standard – covers environmental management, and provides tools for the daily management of the organization’s activities in a way that takes environmental protection into account, such as using appropriate raw materials, recycling waste, and more.
The ISO 27001:2005 standard – covers information security. Provides tools to comprehensively examine and review every factor connected to information security, including loss of information, infiltrations and unauthorized use of the system, viruses, data restoration, backups, etc. The standard makes it possible to identify weak points in one’s business and correct what requires improvement.
The ISO 50001:2011 standard – covers energy management. Contains policies for efficient energy utilization so as to reduce costs, improve quality and protect the environment.
There is even the ISO 26000:2010 standard containing guidelines for social responsibility that make it possibly to reinforce democracy and conduct a sane social dialog.
In summary, international standards actually provide a uniform platform through which organizations and firms can conduct their mutual business.
Vast information about the different ISO standards can be found on the international ISO website at http://www.iso.org.