(Image: SAI logo & the '5 ticks' StandardsMark™)
These days you can't help but notice SAI Global's '5 ticks' StandardsMark™ everywhere: for instance try opening up a Law Society Journal on a Sydney bus and, voila, there they are in the editorial housekeeping section & window respectively!
They're all-seeing; they're omnipresent; & they're utilised by the following industries:
$$ Quality Industry
$$ Environment Industry
$$ Health & Safety Industry
$$ Food Safety Industry
$$ Market & Social Research Industry
$$ Information Security Industry
$$ Medical Device Industry
$$ Legal Best Practice Industry
The above programs represent just a small portion of SAI Global's scope - in fact the '5 ticks' StandardsMark™ has become our global atmosphere!
SAI Global & Standards Australia shared timeline
(information sourced from their detailed websites)
1. In 1922 the Australian Commonwealth Engineering Standards Association was founded and in 1929 changed its name to the Standards Association of Australia (SAA). The year 1988 saw a further name change for SAA to Standards Australia which now signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Federal Government to acknowledge government recognition of Standards Australia as the peak non-government standards development organisation.
2. In 1990 and 1991 Standards Australia established Quality Assurance Services Pty Ltd (QAS) to manage their rapidly expanding certification activities, and acquired the industrial Design Council of Australia and the Australian Design Awards, respectively.
3. By 1999, Standards Australia had changed its association status and had become incorporated as an Australian public company limited by guarantee, Standards Australia International Ltd (SAI Limited); and by 2001 SAI Limited’s subsidiary QAS had acquired KPMG’s certification businesses in Australia and New Zealand.
4. In 2002, not only did SAI Limited acquire part of the former Australian Quality Council (AQC) including the Australian Business Excellence Awards, but it re branded its certification business from QAS to SAI Global, finally listing on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) on December 17 2003 under ASX code SAI.
5. Over the next eight years, SAI Global continued on a commercial trajectory of global acquisition and expansion, including the acquisition of the Anstat Group in Australia.
SAI Global today
6. According to their website today, SAI Global is a company which ‘provides organizations around the world with information services and solutions for managing risk, achieving compliance and driving business improvement’. In addition to auditing, certifying and registering products, systems or supply chains through ‘independent assessment to reduce risk and enhance service and product quality’, they ‘provide legal, compliance and risk management professionals with a broad range of technology enabled programs and consulting services that facilitate good governance and awareness of compliance, ethics and policy issues.’
7. Through their promoted ‘aggregated access services to Standards, Handbooks, legislative and property publications from hundreds of publishers’, they advertise their ability to ‘reference and manage critical business information’, as well as provision of the ‘training that business professionals around the world need to improve their individual performance and help their organizations succeed’.
8. According to their 2006 submission to the Productivity Commission, SAI Global is a leader in the use of web-based technologies for the production, distribution and licensing of intellectual property. Its Publishing Services division delivers national and international Standards, legislation, technical and regulatory up-date and news services. These products are delivered in hard copy and via on-line subscription and other web-based services. Through a publishing licensing agreement with Standards Australia, it holds the rights to distribute Australian Standards, and other Standards developed by international standardization bodies. SAI Global, through its subsidiary Anstat, also has the rights to publish Victorian Government legislation and the Australian New Zealand Food Standards Code.
SAI Limited today
9. SAI Limited’s website is conducted under the nomenclature “Standards Australia” and throughout its website ‘timeline’ makes references to itself as “Standards Australia.”
10. Standards Australia represents as an independent, not-for-profit organisation, recognised by the Australian Government as the peak non-government Standards body in Australia, and one that develops the internationally aligned Australian Standards that deliver net benefits to Australia.
11. Standards Australia is the Principal Sponsor of the Australian International Design Awards.
One & the same...& everywhere...& claustrophobic...& big money for some!
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