ISO International Standards help businesses of any size and sector reduce costs, increase productivity and access new markets.

For small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs), standards can help to:

  • Build customer confidence that your products are safe and reliable
  • Meet regulation requirements, at a lower cost
  • Reduce costs across all aspects of your business
  • Gain market access across the world

Learn how ISO standards help SMEs

Standards make market access easier, in particular for SMEs. They can enhance brand recognition and give customers the guarantee that the technology is tested and reliable.

Jens Albens CEO, Nanotron Technologies Ltd, Germany

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The small-business advantage
We look at how SMEs promote diversification of economic activities, support sustainable development and stimulate innovation.

Top tips for SMEs

Check out our fun infographics that help SMEs get started with standards.

Infographics ISO 50001 benefits for SMEs
ISO 50001 for SMEs

Whatever size your business is, being less wasteful makes good sense.
Discover our 8 top tips for saving energy that are good for your pocket.

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Infographics ISO 50001 benefits for SMEs
ISO 14046 for SMEs

How much water do you use?
Check out our top tips for measuring your water footprint

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Infographics: ISO 20121 for SMEs
ISO 20121 for SMEs

Got a big event coming up?
Check out our top tips for sustainable event management

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Publications for SMEs

Discover our publications aimed specifically at SMEs. 

A handbook for SMEs wishing to implement a quality management system based on ISO 9001:2015.
Managers of small businesses in 10 countries from around the world say how ISO standards contribute to their success.
ISO developed this strategy because we anticipate that market demand for service standards will steadily increase and we want to make sure that ISO, and its members, have the tools and knowledge necessary to respond to this demand and to the challenges and opportunities it brings.

Getting involved in standards development

ISO International Standards are developed with the help of a wide range of stakeholders - not just big business. Active involvement helps you shape the rules that define your sector. Don't leave it all up to your competitors.

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ISO Standards and SMEs in the real world

Not taking part [in standardization] would have cost me my company and my livelihood… What does it cost me if others define rules that are out of line with my needs but which I have to comply with because they are laid down in a standard ? It is best to join in right at the start.

Martin Denison, Managing Director of Scuba Schools GMBH

Scuba Schools Dive Training is an SME based in Austria.

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Standards specific to SMEs

  • ISO 14005:2019
    Environmental management systems — Guidelines for a flexible approach to phased implementation