ISO certification for Human Resource Management

There is no doubt that all the ISO standards have their own vital advantages as regards their individual realms. Within their respective scale of application in which they function, these ISO standards help every type of business whether large or small. Nevertheless, there are some universal benefits of having an ISO certification that can be experienced by all types of organizations not considering their scope, size or the scale of operation. These are mentioned below in full length-

It is quite noticeable that the organizations that obtain the ISO certification are generally well focused on the development of processes with due emphasis on Quality Management System. An ideal QMS evidently means that there is a very high rate of Quality Efficiency.

The International Organization for Standardization or the ISO as we know it, has now framed the first ever ISO standard for human resource management. The new ISO management system standard, that is the ISO 30414, was finally passed in November 2018. The newly defined benchmark is now officially titled as the “ISO 30414:2018 Human Resource Management — Guidelines for Internal and External Human Capital Reporting”.

It has been finally published by the International Organization for Standardization, very recently in December 2018. With that, we now have an ISO certification for Human Resource Management.

#1. How was the ISO certification for HR Management framed?

  • As we all know, the ISO is a worldwide federation of international standardization bodies that are also known as the ISO member bodies.
  • One of the prominent member bodies of the ISO is ANSI — the American National Standards Institute from the United States. The task of preparing global standards is generally carried out through profound ISO Technical Committees. And in this case, this effort was done by Technical Committee 260.
  • It was during 2011-12, when an effort was first made by the ANSI to draft a human capital reporting standard for the United States. Unfortunately, this early attempt made by ANSI failed to progress.
  • However, it was hoped that very soon an ANSI drafted standard would eventually lead to development of an ISO standard for HR Management.
  • Although the early effort made by ANSI was ultimately undermined, the ISO member bodies still came forward to tackle this issue. As a result, the ISO standard for HR Management was finalized November 22, 2018.

#2. Whether this new ISO standard is reliable enough?

A global ISO standard is a much noteworthy than merely having an ANSI standard. And now the ISO certification for HR Management as suggested by ANSI, has been finally published by ISO.

In this context, Jac Fitz-enz, who is considered to be the Grandfather of HR Analytics, has said about this new ISO certification:

“A moral system, an organization of research, specialized education and performance standards are the basis of a profession. The adoption of ISO standards supports human resources’ claim to be a profession. It’s been a long, difficult journey from the founding of the American Society for Personnel Administration by 28 far-sighted people in 1948, but now the goal is within reach.”

#3. Why do we need ISO certification for HR Management?

There are some frequently asked questions that most of the HR professionals put forward. Some of them are as below-

  • I’m working in a small firm, not for-profit organization or a government company; so, how can ISO certification for HR Management be relevant to me?
  • Can I just go without an ISO certification for HR Management?
  • Is this ISO standard able to avoid all threats/risks to my career or my employer’s career?
  • What are the different ways in which I and/or my employer can really benefit from this new ISO certification?

As to find solution to these concerns, let’s first discuss an additional point that will help us be more familiar with this standard.

#4. Why Has This ISO Standard been devised?

The primary source of value creation and value addition in most of the advanced economies or developed nations such as the United States is now considered to be the intangible assets such as goodwill, intellectual property and of course, the Human Resource, as compared to tangible assets that was considered earlier.

Though the tangible assets have a physical form and material value — such as plant & machinery, land & building and inventory, the intangible assets are nonphysical but have their own value, such as the patents, copyright, trademarks, goodwill. This also includes Human Resource.

As there was always a need of a separate global standard for the Human Resource management, the global accreditation bodies came together to define a new standard for  Human Resource management, which is the ISO 30414:2018.

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