Certified management systems: the three key trends of 2020

Every autumn, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) provides an estimation of the number of valid certificates around the world for each country and for each sector, by counting the organizations that have rolled out a management system based on one of the 12 major international standards covered by the survey. By 31 December 2020, the topic of occupational health and safety (ISO 45001) had amassed the most stunning set of figures compared to the previous year, and it was the same story in France. The survey also identified two other emerging trends.

ISO 45001 clearly steals the limelight in the ISO Survey 2020, an annual survey of the number of companies that have implemented and certified their management systemISO 45001 certification endorses management systems that satisfy the requirements of ISO 45001 on occupational health and safety (OH&S), as proudly showcased by some 190,429 companies around the world as of 31 December 2020. That figure is five times higher than just one year earlier. The same trend has also been reported in France with 1,385 valid certificates as of 31 December 2020 compared to 524 the previous year. This triple increase also applies to the number of sites covered by a certificate (one certificate may cover several sites for the same company), i.e. 5,034 late 2020 vs. 1,523 late 2019.