ISO 14001 Environment

ISO 14001 Environment

The international standard that specifies a process for controlling and improving an organization’s environmental performance Overview 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

The international standard that specifies a process for controlling and improving an organization’s environmental performance

Overview

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 is in ISO 14001:

  • General requirements
  • Environmental policy
  • Planning implementation and operation
  • Checking and corrective action
  • Management review

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 program
to achieve them, with regular reviews for continual improvement.

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 neighbors.

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

Benefits

Certifying your company’s environmental management system to ISO 14001 means that a third party 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
  • Enhance your reputation

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.

If you want to take the implementation and certification of an EMS slowly, the BS 8555 STEMS scheme allows you to phase the management system in and assess how you’re performing at each step on the path. Once completed, it still results in achieving ISO 14001 certification.

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