ISO 14001 is an internationally accepted standard that sets out how you can go about putting in place an effective Environmental Management System (EMS). The standard is designed to address the delicate balance between maintaining profitability and reducing environmental impact; with the commitment of your entire organization, it can enable you to achieve both objectives.
What’s in ISO 14001?
- Planning implementation and operation.
- Checking and corrective action.
This means you can identify aspects of your business that impact on the environment and understand those environmental laws that are relevant to your situation. The next step is to produce objectives for improvement and a management programme to achieve them, with regular reviews for continual improvement. We can then periodically assess the system and, if compliant, register your company or site to ISO 14001.
Who is it relevant to?
Environmental impact is becoming an increasingly important issue across the globe, with pressure to minimize that impact coming from a number of sources: local and national governments, regulators, trade associations, customers, employees and shareholders. Social pressures are also building up from the growing array of interested parties, such as consumer, environmental and minority non-governmental organizations (NGOs), academia and neighbours.
So ISO 14001 is relevant to every organization, including:
- Single site to large multi-national companies.
- High risk companies to low risk service organizations.
- Manufacturing, process and the service industries; including local governments.
- All industry sectors including public and private sectors.
- Original equipment manufacturers and their suppliers.
Certifying your company’s environmental management system to ISO 14001 means that a consulting body, such as Quick ISO, has assessed that it meets the requirements set out in the standard.
Certification to ISO 14001 allows you to:
- Demonstrate a commitment to achieving legal and regulatory compliance to regulators and government.
- Demonstrate your environmental commitment to stakeholders.
- Demonstrate an innovative and forward thinking approach to customers and prospective employees.
- Increase your access to new customers and business partners.
- Better manage your environmental risks, now and in the future.
- Potentially reduce public liability insurance costs.
For particular industries, pressure is now being exerted by many large organizations, such as original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) who expect their suppliers to adopt environmentally-friendly practices and may mandate ISO 14001 certification as a licence to operate.