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The confidence factor

Protecting a company’s reputation is the most important and difficult task facing senior management teams and boards of directors today. The reason? Its good name is a major source of competitive advantage.

In the latest ISOfocus magazine (November/December 2014), you'll learn about how it only takes one slip to cause irreparable damage to a company’s image. It also showcases how ISO standards for anti-bribery and online reputation have the potential to generate greater leverage and boost company confidence.

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