ISO 44001

Collaborative Business Relationships

ISO 44001 is the recognised standard for collaborative business relationships, providing you with the tools you need to develop robust and effective partnerships within or between organisations.

What is ISO 44001?

ISO 44001 provides a framework for you to implement a Collaborative Business Relationship Management System that can help you develop effective joint ventures, particularly with supply chain partners. applicable to private and public organisations, from small businesses to multinational corporations, and it can be applied on several levels:

  • Single application – An individual project, internal division or team
  • Individual relationship – A specific client, supplier, joint venture or business partner
  • Multiple relationships – Joint ventures, networks, consortia, partners or the whole supply chain
  • Full application – This would span across the company and apply to all identified relationships

ISO 44001 provides you with the resources you need to access new services, improve contract opportunities and support your growth strategy.

The Benefits of ISO 44001

Here are some benefits of using the ISO 44001 framework: 

  1. Improved efficiency - through mutually beneficial collaboration with business partners
  2. Better decision making - through clearly defined roles and responsibilities
  3. Cost savings - through more efficient sharing of skills, costs, risks, and resources
  4. Enhanced reputation - through certification
  5. Increased productivity - by training staff more effectively and creating better business relationships.

Gaining ISO 44001 certification will clearly demonstrate to business partners and other interested parties that you are committed to transparency and good governance. Your organisation will also see competitive benefits when you combine resources to win new business opportunities.

Clear communication can also help you improve efficiency and drive business growth. That is why the ISO 44001 requirements include refining your decision-making process to enable you to share skills, knowledge and resources more efficiently.

How much does ISO 44001 cost?

The cost of certification depends on several factors. These include your sector, annual turnover, and number of employees. We will also need to know if you require industry specific accreditation (such as ASCB or UKAS).

To find out how affordable ISO 44001 certification could be for your business, why not complete our online Fee Calculator – receiving your bespoke quote direct to your inbox.


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The Requirements of ISO 44001

The ISO 44001 standard uses a structure of ten clauses called Annex SL which, roughly grouped together, cover four key areas:

  1. Collaborative working - the processes your business must follow to facilitate collaborative working such as setting achievable and measurable objectives, identifying risks and performing market analysis
  2. Management Responsibility - the areas your management team need to focus on, be involved with and be accountable for
  3. Resource Management - how resources such as people, infrastructure and facilities must be assigned to ensure the best possible performance
  4. Measurement, Analysis and Improvement - how you can determine if your Management System is working as expected, facilitating the continual improvement of your system

Frequently Asked Questions

What is ISO 44001:2017?

How long will it take to get certified to ISO 44001?

What is BS 11000-1:2010?

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How can QMS help your Business?

The QMS process gets your business certified for success:


Our nationwide team of consultants and auditors has provided certifications to clients ranging from SMEs to blue chip organisations across a broad spectrum of verticals and industries.


Our processes add value at every stage, without taking up unwarranted management time. We commit to providing you with the best possible value for money – including a price promise from the outset, along with the ability to stagger payments at no extra cost.


We remove the red tape and paperwork for you, making the process as smooth and uncomplicated as possible, and ensuring you get the framework that works for you.

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How businesses have benefited from ISO 44001?

Client Testimonials of QMS and the ISO Certification Process

    Great and helpful service as always!

    Delightful visit from one of the QMS Consultants - really helpful and enthusiastic. Keen to support the business with its quality endeavours so we're super happy.
    Jack Wise . The Raphael Hospital

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    [The] QMS Consultant provided excellent service and took time to ensure I understood everything. She was passionate about the subject, the service provided and represented QMS in a very professional manner. I would recommend [her] and QMS to anyone.
    Damon Noble, HSEQ Manager. Ecotec Services Ltd

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ISO 44001 Certification Process

Our expert consultants ensure the route to ISO 44001 certification is as straightforward as possible for you, taking as little as 45 days to complete. This includes helping you make any necessary improvements to existing business processes and writing the Documented Management System for you.



Once you have achieved certification the certification cycle will commence. This is made up of surveillance and re-certification audits, one of which must take place each year, around the anniversary of your certification. These visits confirm your continued compliance with the Standard and verify the validity of your certification.

Your all-in-one Management System Solution

QMS Connect delivers all the tools you need to achieve and maintain ISO compliance.

With simple navigation, real-time reporting and the ability to modify and update content on the go, QMS Connect keeps you in control. Accessible online via your computer, tablet or smartphone 24 hours a day, QMS Connect helps you manage your ISO Management System in real-time.

QMS Connect helps engage your teams, so that you can capture data that will drive business decisions – increasing repeat business, reducing customer complaints and ultimately saving you both time and money.

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ISO 44001 Resources

    Guide to ISO certification

    Why you should choose QMS to assist your business with ISO certification

    General downloads

    Standard Overview: ISO 44001

    Overview of the ISO 44001 Collaborative Business Relationship Management System Standard

    Understanding the Basics of ISO 44001

    ISO 44001 downloads

    QMS International Company Profile

    Find out about QMS, our achievements and some of our clients

    General downloads

Latest ISO 44001 news

At QMS we are constantly updating our approach and process to meet the latest changes in how ISO 44001 and Management Systems in general work.

    Risky business: why an out-of-date management system is a risk

    Don’t let your standards slip with an out of date management system – upgrading is easier than you think.


    How do you manage your management review?

    Make your next management review one to remember with these top tips on how to keep them engaging.


    Context of the Organisation Explained

    An in-depth look at Clause 4 of the Annex SL structured ISO Standards, Context of the Organisation.



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