New occupational health and safety standard: ISO 45001:2018 approved

The new occupational health and safety (OH&S) standard, ISO 45001, has been approved following an overwhelming final vote of 93% by the ISO member National Standard Bodies (NSBs).  According to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Director – Jose Alcorta – publication is anticipated in March 2018.

ISO 45001 is based on the same High Level Structure as the quality and environmental management system standards, ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, which will make the structure and common features familiar to organisations using those standards. ISO 45001 will replace OHSAS 18001, which has been widely adopted alongside a number of other national standards.

The International Accreditation Forum (IAF) has developed the migration requirements to help certified organisations, certification bodies, accreditation bodies and other interested parties to migrate to ISO 45001. There will be a three-year migration period from the date of publication of ISO 45001:2018.

For more information about ISO 45001:2018, including our planned training courses, please contact us.


Globalgroup: Appointed committee member for the new ISO 45001

We are delighted that Globalgroup have been invited onto the UK HS/1 committee for the development of the new international standard for Occupational Health and Safety: ISO 45001. Gary Jones, our Technical Director will join the UK committee to review and comment on modifications as the new standard passes through its drafting stages.
‘It is a great opportunity to be a committee member for the development of this brand-new management system standard for occupational health and safety. The standard is currently at DIS2 (Draft International Standard 2) and it is now being considered by the committee if it will move to FDIS (Final Draft International Standard). We are all hopeful to see a published ISO 45001 during the first quarter of 2018.’ Gary Jones, Technical Director, GGOCL.

FSSC 22000 version 4.1

July 2017 – FSSC 22000 launches version 4.1 of its international food safety and quality management system certification Scheme.
Following the release of the updated FSSC 22000 to version 4.0 in January 2017, subsequent developments such as the additional update of the GFSI benchmarking requirements to version 7.1, an evaluation against European Accreditation (EA) procedure EA 1/22 and feedback from the industry and CBs necessitated a secondary revision of the Scheme to FSSC 22000 version 4.1. The updated Scheme requirements were published in July 2017.

The FSSC Board of Stakeholders has determined that all certified sites shall be audited against version 4.1 starting from January 1, 2018.

ISO 37001 Anti-bribery Management System

ISO 37001:2016

Bribery has been one of the biggest deterrents in the success of any organisation. This destructive and intricate culture within companies contributes to a significant loss in terms of profit and revenues. It also impacts the organisations stability and highly affects the employees’ morale. International institutions have taken measures to combat bribery and corruption through laws and agreements but there should be participation in the organisations’ level to complement these measures and effectively eradicate the problem.

What is Anti-bribery Management System?

According to International Organization for Standardization, the Anti-bribery Management System is designed to instil an anti-bribery culture within an organisation and implement appropriate controls, which will in turn increase the chance of detecting bribery and reduce its incidence in the first place. ISO 37001 gives the requirements and guidance for establishing, implementing, maintaining and improving an anti-bribery management system. The system can be independent of, or integrated into and overall management system.

Where is it applicable?

ISO 37001:2016 can cover government institutions and entities, private sectors, non-profit organisations, state-owned enterprises, small to medium enterprises, non-governmental organisations and businesses from all industry types. The requirements are generic therefore it is applicable to any organisation regardless of type, size of manpower, nature of business, etc.

What are the benefits of ISO 37001?

ISO 37001 will help you improve your controls to combat bribery and corruption within your organisation. By implementing the Anti-bribery Management System, you will be able to identify risk assessment, effectively implement controls on finances and commercial decisions, and instil leadership amongst the personnel and staff. With ISO 37001, the occurrence of bribery and corruption is reduced and stakeholders, suppliers and subcontractors made aware of the good practice.

How can you get ISO 37001:2016 Certification?

ISO 37001 is designed to be integrated into the existing management system, or it can stand on its own depending on the organisation’s preference. It is based on the ISO High Level Structure for management system standards, so it can easily be integrated into other standards such as QMS, EMS or OHSAS.

Globalgroup can help you get certified. We can assess your implementation of measures that will help you reduce or eradicate the risk of bribery wherever it occurs in your processes and system. For more information, you can email us at and we will be happy to assist you.

Modern Slavery Symposium at House of Commons

With the advent of the Modern Slavery Act which was put into law during October 2015 there has been noticeable awareness and issues relating to slavery and ethical labour standard in businesses have become more relevant. In our earlier post in GlobalBLOG, we mentioned how significant is the MSA was to organisations particularly those under the construction industry in the UK whose sales turnover is at the level of £36 million and above. However, there is much more to this, considering the very core of why MSA was enacted into law.

During 2015 work started on the a standard for Ethical Labour (ELS) was launched by the Building Research Establishment (BRE). BRE is a world leading building science centre enabling the government and clients from the private sector to meet the challenges by means of delivering higher performing, quality, safer, more secure, and more sustainable product homes, buildings and communities. The ELS aims to provide a framework to organisations to ensure that the whole system and all its processes demonstrates conformity in relation to Modern Slavery Act. It also aims to improve their ethical labour sourcing practices in the whole supply chain. As Dr Shamir Ghumra, BRE said it is recognised that there is a need to strengthen some of that work (ELS) and since then the Modern Slavery Act has come out. It’s not just about how to comply with the act but looking at ethical labour issues as a whole.

Modern Slavery and Ethical Labour in Construction Leadership Symposium

On the 10th November 2016, a symposium about the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and its implications to the construction sector will be delivered by BRE at the House of Commons in London. The law brings a challenging impact and presents risk for organisations, and to all people in the sector as well, since everyone is involved in exerting collective effort to ensure that modern slavery, problems on forced labour or human trafficking and labour ethics is eradicated in the supply chain.

As one of the very first few stakeholders that engaged and supported the development of the Ethical Labour Standard, Globalgroup is proud to be the major sponsor of this big event that is partnership with Sustain Worldwide . The symposium at the House of Commons is the sector’s forum to discuss and debate the law’s requirements, implications, challenges, risks, responses and opportunities.

Some of the speakers and key presenters on various topics include Dr Shamir Ghumra of BRE (Ethical Labour Standard: The Verification of Continuous Improvement), David Camp of Stronger Together (The Need to Map Your Labour Supply Chain and Apply Due Diligence), Neil Wilkins of Institute for Human Rights and Business (Migrant Workers and Responsible Recruitment), and Mark Heath of GLA (The Emerging Trends of Labour Exploitation in the UK.
For a better understanding of MSA’s impact to organisations, you can watch the video below. This short animation from BRE website was funded by Responsible Solutions and BRE with the intention of raising awareness to the construction industry knowing that modern slavery has the potential to exist in any project.

We at Globalgroup have been consistent in ensuring that ethical standard is being practised in all of our business transaction and services, hence we did not think twice in sponsoring this major event. As a matter of fact, we have been building our own Code of Conduct audit that will help organisation meet the criteria of the standard even before the MSA was enacted into law in 2015. For more information on our CoC services, you may send us an email at

Modern Slavery Act 2015

There are some organisations within the UK who believe that the Modern Slavery Act 2015 does not apply to them because within their own operations they are not involved in human trafficking and forced labour. However, the Modern Slavery Act 2015 does not just apply to organisations “own” personnel, it also applies to those within the organisations supply chain.

The Modern Slavery Act 2015 aims to “prevent” all forms of labour exploitation and increase transparency of labour practices throughout supply chains. Current figures show that almost 19 million victims are exploited by private individuals or enterprises and approximately 14.2 million are victims of forced labour exploitation in economic activities. It is estimated that forced labour generates some US$150 billion in illegal profits per year. The areas most affected are:

  • Domestic Workers
  • Agricultural Workers
  • Construction Workers
  • Workers within Manufacturing
  • Workers within the Entertainment Industry

Migrant workers and indigenous people are particularly vulnerable to forced labour. According to the International Labour Organisation ILO), almost 36 million people worldwide or 0.5% of the world’s population live in modern slavery. According to NHS, slavery and human trafficking remains high on the agenda for government and businesses a year after the Modern Slavery Act was introduced.

The Modern Slavery Act 2015 applies to any type of  organisation or industry in the UK whose annualised sales turnover is at the level of £36,000,000 and above.

Globalgroup can assist organisations in meeting the requirements of the Modern Slavery Act as we have developed an on-line platform which can be used by organisations who have been captured by the Modern Slavery Act due to the annualised sales turnover in monitoring suppliers through review of reports and the follow-up of any issues raised during audits. For the audits themselves we have developed our own Code of Conduct (CoC) which is based on the fundamentals of Human Rights and synchronises with the on-line platform to ensure that reports and any issues raised during audits are reported in a controlled and efficient manner.

The on-line platform can also be used in conjunction with Organisations own Codes of Conduct as well as the one designed by Globalgroup.

The most important aspect about the Globalgroup on-line platform unlike other schemes is that is it free of charge to use by any organisation that has signed up with Globalgroup for conducting supply chain audits. There are also no “Membership” fees.

The benefits of engaging Globalgroup to assist with compliance to the Modern Slavery Act 2015 are:

  • Globalgroup has over 500 competent auditors within the field of auditing of Social Accountability Management Systems.
  • Application and Web Based Reporting to ensure consistency and efficiency.
  • All globalgroup auditors assigned will have attended and passed a Social Accountability (SAI) accredited 5 Day Basic and 3 Day Advanced Training Course as well as an advanced course on Risk management, structured on ISO 31000.
  • All globalgroup auditors are witnessed in the field initially and on an on-going basis.

For more details about how Globalgroup can assist organisations in meeting the requirements of the Modern Slavery Act please call our Edinburgh office on 0131 535 1071 and ask for Alan Cherry or send an email to us.

ISO 50001 UKAS Accreditation

ISO 50001 UKAS Accreditation for Globalgroup has now been achieved. Globalgroup is the 3rd International Certification Body in the world to achieve UKAS Accreditation.

Globalgroup were an active member of the ISO 50001 UKAS Accreditation Pilot Scheme when it was launched at the beginning of 2013.

Since the issue of ISO 50001 in late 2011 there was been no accreditation available under UKAS until very recently, therefore, Globalgroup are proud to announce this accreditation and to be the third Certification Body in the world to achieve this accolade.

Initially during the Pilot Scheme the only document UKAS required all on the Pilot Scheme to use was ISO 17021,  however, Globalgroup went the extra mile and designed the management system on just not on ISO 17021standard but the draft of ISO 50003. The general requirements and competence requirements go more in depth, in particular into the areas of auditor competence requirements.

Currently Globalgroup has UKAS issued Accredited certificates in the United Kingdom and there are a number of assessments taking place in other countries as well as expansion into the following countries: Australia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand United Arab Emirates and United States of America.

Within Globalgroup’s ISO 50001 UKAS Accreditation there are no limitations and the ISO 50001 UKAS Accreditation reads as follows:

  • Industry (Light to Medium)
  • Industry (Heavy)
  • Buildings (Standard Energy Use)
  • Buildings (Complex Energy Use)
  • Transport
  • Mining & Energy Use

Globalgroup are also able to run public training courses for ISO 50001 on top of ISO 50001 UKAS Accreditation audits from all international offices.

For more information please click on this link