Third-part logistics providers are trying their best to overcome their competitors and to demonstrate their expertise to current and potential clients.
When it comes to logistics sites, it is decisive to respond to high standards in terms of quality, safety and environment. There are numerous certifications, standards and norms that help to implement the right procedures and to control them and thus to stand out from competitors.
Let’s look more in detail at the international certifications that are used as benchmark in logistics.
- ISO 9001: 2015 Quality Management
This international standard provides a framework to build a quality management system through the entire organization that will lead to continuous improvement and customer satisfaction. This system can be used not only in logistics, but in any organization regardless its field of activity.
The purpose of this certification is to show your customers that your company is able to provide good quality services and that this quality is consistently improved.
Some B2B customers, as public companies or governments, may even request this certification and sign a contract only with certified suppliers.
- OHSAS 18001: 2007 Occupational Health and Safety Management Certification
This standard helps identify, control and decrease possible risks associated with health and safety issues within the workplace and it insures that the company follows a consistent safety policy. It goes without saying, that for a working environment with a high level of potential risks, as logistics sites, it is essential to reduce accident numbers and to prevent workplace hazards.
Thus, this certification provides a number of internationally recognized safety norms for site’s employees and visitors. As a result, a certified 3PL provider ensures his employee’s well-being and subsequently improves their motivation and productivity, for the profit of the 3PL’s customers.
- ISO 14001: 2015 Environmental management
ISO 14001 describes some guidelines to put an Environmental Management System (EMS) in place.
A certified 3PL partner can provide a more efficient use of resources and the reduction of waste to its customers. For example, reducing carbon footprint in supply chains can be attained in different ways:
– By using fuel-efficient vehicles and thus reducing environmental impact,
– By achieving energy efficiency in warehouses and distribution centers and thus minimizing costs.
Nowadays companies are expecting their suppliers to be committed to sustainability, as it improves the company’s reputation and results in financial advantage. It is especially true for the Fast Moving Consumer Goods industry, as a questionable supplier can affect a company’s image drastically.
Thereupon, these three certifications have practically become a must for logistics operators. But there is a number of certifications that can become a differentiating factor while choosing this or that logistics provider, for example in automotive sector or healthcare industry. Let’s have a look at these field-specific certifications.
- ISO/TS 16949: 2009, Quality Management Systems for Automotive Industry
It is the only worldwide known certification for automotive-related products. Together with ISO 9001:2015, it describes the quality management system requirements for supply chain in the automotive industry.
- ISO 22000: 2005 Food safety management
It defines the industrial-specific requirements, necessary for a food safety risk management system and it can be closely incorporated with the quality management system of ISO 9001. At GEODIS, we achieved to obtain this certification mostly thanks to our fast and interactive communication system within and outside of the warehouse.
Medical devices industry
- ISO 13485: 2016, Medical Devices – Quality Management Systems – Requirements for Regulatory Purposes
ISO 13485 is another sector-specific quality certification, for Medical devices industry. As they come in close contact with individuals, the requirements for this certification are really high, no matter if we talk about minor support or lifesaving devices.
It is clear that improving quality in supply chain is a priority task. That’s why logistic providers rely on international certifications to help them ensure the proper treatment of different types of products.
In this field, GEODIS has been engaged for years in implementing its Quality, Safety and Environment policy in its warehouses, groupage centers and offices in different countries. In 2017 we have confirmed our sites’ certifications for another three years, after an external audit of 22 sites. Thus, we managed to obtain 6 international standards: ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, ISO 22000, ISO TS 16949, ISO 13485:
- 101 sites that are ISO 9001 certified (within Contract Logistics Line of Business),
- 40 sites that are ISO 14001 certified,
- 36 sites that are OHSAS 18001certified.
And some field-specific standards obtained at a customer’s request:
- 6 French sites were certified ISO TS 16949,
- 3 sites, both in France and in Netherlands, were certified ISO 22000,
- 1 Dutch site was certified ISO 13485.
Find out more about the global number of GEODIS sites certifications (all Lines of Business, 2016) here
You can also discover the GEODIS Corporate Social Responsibility Report here