ISO is an independent, non-governmental international organization with a membership of 161 national standards bodies. Through its members, it brings together experts to share knowledge and develop voluntary consensus-based, market relevant international standards that support innovation and provide solutions to global challenges. ISO has published 22,206 International Standards and related documents, covering almost every industry, from technology and food safety, to agriculture and healthcare.
In order to ensure quality, safety and efficiency, these standards give worldclass specifications for products, services and systems and are instrumental in facilitating international trade. As a result, Decowraps is certified with both the ISO 90001 and ISO 14001.
ISO 9001 is a standard based on the number of quality management principles. These principles include a strong customer focus, the motivation and implication of top management, the process approach and finally, continual improvement. At Decowraps, using ISO 9001 helps ensure that our customers get consistent, quality products and services.
On the other hand, ISO 14001:2015 specifies the requirements for an environmental management system that an organization can use to enhance its environmental performance and manage their conservational responsibilities. This certification is used in a systematic manner which contributes to the environmental pillar of sustainability.
ISO 14001:2015 helps an organization achieve the intended outcomes of its environmental management system, which provide value for the environment, the organization itself and interested parties. Consistent with the organization's conservational policy, the intended outcomes of an environmental management system include enhancement of environmental performance, fulfillment of compliance obligations and achievement of environmental objectives.
Decowraps produces its sleeves and various other packaging products in factories located in Colombia as well as China. As a part of our procedures for process improvement, Decowraps uses the Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit, commonly known as SMETA.
SMETA is an audit procedure which compiles a list of good practices in ethical audit techniques. This procedure uses the ETI code and local law as its measurement tools.
SMETA audits are conducted against four auditing pillars: health & safety, labor standards, environment and business ethics. At Decowraps, a SMETA audit was conducted, and as a result, the SMETA Best Practice Guidance Version 5 December 2015 was applied. The scope of workers included all types at the site, including direct employees, agency workers, workers employed by service providers, and workers provided by other contractors.
5S is a system for organizing spaces so work can be performed efficiently, effectively and safely. This system focuses on putting everything where it belongs and keeping the workplace clean. This in turn makes it easier for people to do their jobs without wasting time or risking injury.
This system began as part of the Toyota Production System (TPS), the manufacturing method introduced by leaders at the Toyota Motor Company in the early and mid-20th century. This system, often referred to as Lean Manufacturing, aims to increase the value of products or services for customers. This is often accomplished by finding and eliminating waste from production processes.
Lean manufacturing involves the use of many tools such 5S, kaizem, Kanban, jidoka, heijunka and poka-yoke. 5S is considered a foundational part of the Toyota Production System because until the workplace is in a clean and organized state, achieving consistently good results is difficult. A messy, cluttered space can lead to mistakes, delays in production, and even accidents, all of which interrupt operations and negatively impact a company. By having a systematically organized facility, a company increases the likelihood that production will occur exactly as it should.
Each S represents one part of a five-step process that can improve the overall function of a business.
The term 5S comes from five Japanese words:
In English, these words are often translated to: