Management systems help companies to reliably and efficiently manage complex strategic tasks such as sustainability management or innovation management. Since companies usually pursue multiple strategic objectives, several management systems are often in use. There are overlaps between all these management systems.
An example: A company operates an energy management system according to ISO 50001 and a quality management system in parallel. Both management systems provide for the principle of process optimization through continuous improvement. The aim is to make business processes as efficient as possible. This includes, for example, ensuring that machines are operated as energy-efficiently as possible. Measures in the quality management system and the energy management system therefore often overlap.
Different management systems are therefore combined in an integrated management system. The advantages are described in the next section. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) supports this. It has developed a so-called “High Level Structure”, i.e. a fundamentally similar structure for all management systems. This facilitates the development and implementation of integrated management systems.