The Institute for Collaborative Working (ICW) together with Warwick Business School and BSI hosted the UK launch of the new International Standard for Collaborative Business relationships at the SHARD, attended by over a 100 representatives from across the public and private sector where there to celebrate the publication of ISO 44001, which sets a new standard in collaborative working.
Lord David Evans, chairman of ICW, heralded the publication of the standard as a significant step forward for the institute who have been the thought leaders and driving force since the concept of a systemic approach to collaboration was first published as the CRAFT methodology in 2004 and went on to become BS 11000. He said: "Given the challenges ahead this initiative driven by the UK and supported by the international community highlights the potential to be gained through working in collaboration".
Les Pyle, ICW CEO, thanked the BSI and the members of the Institutes Executive Network for their support and contribution to the development of the standard. "The journey to international recognition began in 2004 when ICW identified the evolving role of collaborative business models, though our initial aim was and remains to promote the value of collaborative working. I would like to acknowledge the untiring efforts of David Hawkins, ICW Operations Director and Knowledge architect, who has been a forefront of this significant development".
The development of the standard was only possible through the commitment and support from the British Standards Institution (BSI) who saw in the work of ICW an innovative approach which focused on improving business performance.
As the architect of the concept and thought leader David Hawkins outlined how the process from BS 11000 to ISO 44001 had enable the international partners to draw on the UK experiences with BS 11000 and refine the standard including integration with the ISO high level structure. "By adopting the HLS we have brought collaborative working closer to our gaol of it being harmonised and integrated with other management systems ensuring it becomes more central to business thinking and application. It has been a long, interesting and challenging at times, for a non -standards person, but worthwhile journey which I hope will be beneficial to all".
BSI is the gateway to ISO and is a founding member. Work started on ISO 44001 three years ago with the first meeting held in London. The publication of the ISO just four weeks ago is the culmination of a journey that started with PAS 11000 which published in November 2006, then the move to a full British Standard in 2010 and now, a little over ten years later, the ISO. "Because of the maturity of the subject area in the UK, it was only natural that BSI should take on the Secretariat and this was expertly managed by BSI Secretary Mick Maghar, Chair Mark Sewell and Convenor of the Working Group - David Hawkins." - Richard Taylor, Standards Market Development Director, BSI.
Frank Lee, Product Certification Technical & Operational Delivery Director at BSI commented: "Since 2010 when BS 11000 was first published, enterprises and supply chains have become more complex and new market demands have come to the fore. The way that organisations do business - and in particular, the way that they collaborate has therefore also had to change.
"The new ISO 44001 scheme has been developed in consensus with individuals around the world including industry, academia, government and the ICW to ensure that it adds value and addresses the key issues around collaboration. It will help to ensure that organisations have best practice systems and processes in place for effective collaboration in modern business."
The SHARD launch event also provided the opportunity to publish the latest research of Warwick Business School commissioned by ICW: 'The Psychology of Collaboration'. It focuses on investigating the characteristics of a collaborative personality. Dr Mark Johnson, Dr Mehmet Chakkol and Dr Max Finne through in-depth interviews and analysis identified key traits of individuals which we anticipate will support organisations in their requirements to recruit, assign and develop individuals to work in collaborative arrangements.
As practical example of international collaboration by Tim Bullock, Director of Supply Chain NATS, one of the first companies to achieve certification to ISO 44001, together with their partners Leidos (UK/USA), Indra (Spain) and Harris (Europe/USA) outlined how BS 11000 and how ISO 44001 has underpinned their successful relationship over a number of years and will into the future.
"ISO44001 fully supports how NATS wants to work collaboratively with our partners. An ISO standard raises the profile of collaboration to new levels across the globe and elevates it to an essential business discipline. This is why NATS wanted to be one of the first to achieve certification because we believe in it and the value it adds to our business." - Adrian Miller NATS, Head of Supply Chain Collaborations
"Partnering and collaboration underpin what Babcock International Group does, so we are very pleased to see the launch of the new international standard. This is a significant event because Babcock partner with many international customers and organisations. The ICW has guided us in our partnering endeavours and their team has a fantastic depth of knowledge which ensures consistency of application. We look forward to working to the new standard and seeing the benefits being realised by all parties over the coming months and years."
"As SER, I am excited to champion the new ISO44001 standard for Collaborative Working throughout the business. At Skanska one of our core values is ‘Be Better – Together’ and we see this standard as a key tool to underpin our collaborative ambitions. As a leader I embrace the new requirements for SERs and really do believe we should be constantly striving to improve our working practices. This standard has the potential to effect genuine change throughout the industry. It will help address the productivity challenge we all face by developing our collaborative maturity across the whole value chain. All of us at Skanska are passionate about playing a leading role in driving this change."
Executive Vice President, Skanska
"Collaboration is at the heart of our business principles and underpins our strategic framework. We've been working with the Institute for Collaborative Working (ICW) for over ten years forming a relationship which has helped us transform the way we establish long term customer and supply chain partnerships for real advantage to all parties. Collaboration runs through our DNA; from attracting new talent into our business through to organisational delivery. Achieving certification to the new ISO 44001 standards re-affirms our position as a leader in building sustainable collaborative relationships."
Jeremy Campbell, EMCOR UK
"The evening achieved 3 things; It brought insight to the ISO 44001 journey and the significance of the new standard; it presented a stimulating perspective on collaboration and peoples’ inner desire to collaborate effectively; and it put thought leaders from around the globe together to network and consider the opportunities ahead. For Network Rail to be the first UK client certified to the new international standard is another significant step in our journey to making collaboration the norm and we will continue to work in concert with ICW, BSI and the other institutions to advance this cause."
Stephen Blakey, Network Rail’s Commercial Projects Director
"The launch of ISO44001 is a significant milestone in establishing collaborative management of relationships as a core competence for businesses, all due credit to the ICW for its perseverance in driving this through."
Tim Mowat, Leonardo, UK
"Working collaboratively with our customers and other key stakeholders to deliver effective and sustainable solutions is a strategic priority for Costain, so naturally we are very pleased to be among the first organisations to be certified to the new ISO 44001 standard. Going forward Costain look forward to continuing to work with both ICW and BSI in shaping the development and application of collaborative working practices in the delivery of technology-based engineering solutions in energy, water and transport."
Tony Blanch, Business Improvement Director, Costain