Kore leads way with integrated ISO certificates
Kore, based in Kilnaleck, Co. Cavan, is the first company in Ireland to obtain integrated ISO certification for both the ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 standards from the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI). ISO 9001 is one of the most widely used management tools worldwide, while ISO 14001 is the standard for environmental management. Both standards are internationally recognised.
Kore design, manufacture and deliver practical insulation solutions around a suite of high quality expanded polystyrene (EPS) for both the Irish and UK markets. Established in 1997, the company employs 30 people at its 25,000 square foot state-ofthe- art facility in Cavan.
Kore managing director Noel Brady said: “Being the first company to transition to the new ISO 9001 & 14001: 2015 standards, has provided a number of key benefits to Kore, […] showing that we are innovative and a leader in our industry, demonstrating that we have taken a proactive approach to quality and environmental management, an even better customer experience for our customers and an increase in stakeholder and customer trust, and demonstrating that we are committed to integrating the most up to date business practices in our company, along with quality and value into the processes and services that we offer.”
The revisions to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 were released in September 2015 and include greater involvement by senior management, a new structure, a risk-based focus, revised documentation requirements and a variety of other changes needed to meet standard conformance. “It is estimated that up to 3,000 companies in Ireland will be implementing changes to their management systems in order to comply with the new standard before the end of 2018,” says Caroline Geoghegan of CG Business Consulting.
At the presentation of the certificates, Fergal O’Byrne, head of business excellence at NSAI, said, “Last September, the ISO [International Organisation for Standardisation] published the ISO revisions to ensure that the standards remains relevant in the business world we live in today. Business has changed radically and the ISO standard had to change with it.”