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Frequently Asked Questions

Why should my organisation consider ISO 44001?

How do I get started?

What is it likely to cost to implement ISO 44001?

How long will it take to reach certification?

Who will undertake the assessment?

What do we mean by the term partnering?

How do you start to develop a collaborative approach?

What are the most important considerations?

Why are relationships important in business?

What benefits can one get from collaborative working?

How do you measure effective relationships?

If collaboration is about working well together why do I need a dispute resolution procedure?

How important is the behaviour of individuals?

Is partnering collaboration always a good idea?

Do I need executive support for collaborative working?

Everyone talks about the importance of trust but how do you get that in a contract?

How do I protect intellectual property?

Can collaboration help with outsourcing contracts?

Is collaboration just about working without conflict?

What is the downside to collaborative working?

How do I know if my partner is competitive?

What sort of savings can I expect from a collaborative relationship?

What sort of structure is needed to manage a collaborative arrangement?

How do I know if my organisation is suitable to collaborate with others?

Is there a risk in collaboration?

How do customers react to collaborative arrangements?

Why do I need a relationship management framework?

Can collaboration help develop CSR programmes?

How long should I allow for a collaborative arrangement to mature?

How do I know I am getting value for money?

The benefits of collaboration will be organisation specific based on the business objectives and much of this can be realised without going down the certification route. The value of certification is that introduces a level of rigor to ensure internal processes are maintain and followed proving greater sustainability in relationships. A first step might be to focus on ISO 44000 Principles for Successful Collaborative Working. Understanding these 12 principles and their applicability within your organisation will help in assessing the value and impact of moving to a more systemic approach.

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