TIDZ has introduced international ISO standards for the fight against corruption and quality of work
The Directorate for Technological Industrial Development Zones implemented the international Anti-Corruption Standard ISO 37001:2016, thus becoming one of the first state institutions with an integrated anti-corruption system. The introduction of this international standard enables the implementation of appropriate prevention and detection mechanisms, as well as specific anti-corruption measures. TIDZ also introduced the Quality Management System at work in accordance with the international ISO 9001:2015 standard which should improve the work of the Directorate in order to reduce costs and increase efficiency.
“With standardization, the goal is to introduce a policy of zero tolerance for bribery and corruption. This is an important element in attracting foreign investment of higher quality which is crucial in the new concept of TIDZ. Good governance in any organization involves demonstrating responsibility and establishing standards that will improve the functioning of the system and increase the quality of work and services. The certification was conducted on our initiative and is a step that I believe will contribute to increased trust in the institution. Integrity, transparency and the fight against corruption are our basic values on which the new concept is based,” said Jovan Despotovski, director of TIDZ.
The introduction of ISO standards for quality and anti-corruption defines the internal and external procedures for management, early recognition, review and improvement of the anti-bribery system as well as the quality system and improvement of processes within the Directorate. Both introduced standards include the employees and persons engaged in TIDZ, their responsibility and work as well as the application of the principles defined in the policies of the Directorate.
The ISO Anti-Corruption Standard provides guidance on the operation of a management system designed to assist the organization in preventing, detecting and responding to bribery and to comply with anti-bribery laws and voluntary commitments applicable to its activities. The ISO quality standard should, among other things, contribute to the rational use of time and resources, improving the quality of services, increased work capacity and productivity, as well as optimization of existing processes.
The standardization process has been going on for the past nine months. The company Kontrolcert, which implemented it, will annually check the implementation of the standards and will give appropriate recommendations for further improvement of the work of the TIDZ.