GENEVA, SWITZERLAND-SGS, an inspection, verification, testing and certification company, has released the Six Sigma Standard, which is comprised of 65 objectively verifiable Six Sigma program indicators. Conforming to requirements of the standard drives organizations to develop and maintain a Six Sigma program that is effective, sustainable and transparent.

The service, which incorporates independent program audits, serves both new and experienced Six Sigma programs, often called deployments. For new deployments, the Six Sigma Standard serves as a detailed roadmap for building a sustainable program. Organizations with existing Six Sigma programs use the standard to benchmark their programs against universal guidelines detailed in the document. In both cases, independent third party auditing results in detailed scoring and benchmarking against other deployments in the database. Programs that achieve a high benchmarking score qualify for Six Sigma Program Certification.

“We’re very excited about this offering,” says Jake Allen, head of business process improvement services in SGS Systems and Services Certification Division. “When deployed correctly, Six Sigma delivers unparalleled financial benefit. The hard part is getting clients to realize that there is more to Six Sigma than simply training Green Belts and Black Belts. Adopting and conforming to this standard ensures that organizations of any size, in any industry, can achieve big returns on their investment in Six Sigma.”