ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems (EMS)

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What is an Environmental Management System (ISO 14001 standard)

An Environmental management system abbreviated as EMS, provides organisations with a means to identify, assess, manage, monitor and control their environmental impacts in a “holistic manner”.

Environmental sustainability is an enormous challenge for organisations of today. The legal structures have become complex and onerous. Organisations can operate efficiently only when they proactively manage the environmental impacts with their business processes.

ISO 14001 standard provides an excellent framework for assisting organisations to manage environmental risks and to become environmentally friendly by developing and implementing an Environmental Management Systems.

This ISO standard is suitable for organisations of all types and sizes. With this EMS in place, your business grows without hurting the environment in any way.

Achieving accredited certification to ISO 14001 standard certainly delivers commercial value to an organisation, including reduced greenhouse gas emissions and streamlined waste management, as well as providing a better handle on business risk and competitive advantage. Choosing the right partner for certification is critical for the project success. Thousands of ISO 14001 certificates have been issued worldwide- just to prove organisations are widely embracing the environmental management systems.

Key elements of ISO 14001:

  • Assessment of environmental impact
  • Identification of legal requirements
  • Planning
  • Implementation
  • Monitoring and taking corrective and preventive actions

 

With the ISO 14001 you can:

  • Decrease the environmental impact of business activities
  • Utilise resources in an effective manner
  • Reduce waste, thereby improving productivity
  • Build a better brand image
  • Increase profits through an improvement in efficiency
  • Save money by decreasing waste, increasing recycling, and efficiently consuming resources
  • Achieve compliance, which will help you expand your business

Is the ISO 14001 right for you business?

The ISO 14001 is a standard which can be implemented by businesses belonging to any sector. The system is compatible with other international standards and can easily be integrated with your existing business practices. If your business has clients who value green processes, your business will benefit with an environmental management system.  Read about the key benefits of achieving ISO 14001 certification!

Become sustainable, prove that your business is fulfilling its responsibilities, and enjoy a competitive edge by getting certified in ISO 14001 Environmental Management System (EMS)

ISO 14001 was revised in 2015!

Why has the standard been revised?

ISO standards are reviewed every five years and revised if needed. This helps ensure they remain useful tools for the marketplace. The challenges faced by business and organizations today are very different from a few decades ago and ISO 14001 has been updated to take this new environment into account.

For example, increased globalization has changed the way we do business and organizations often operate more complex supply chains than they did in the past. In addition, there are increased expectations from customers and other interested parties and, with more access to information, today’s wider society has a stronger voice than ever before.

What are the keys changes to the ISO 14001?

For any organisation using or thinking of using the ISO 14001 2015 standard, the primary question that exists is what are the changes involved.

  • Leadership: The revised ISO 14001 standard now requires top management to demonstrate its commitment to environmental management systems and empower environmental managers adequately.
  • Lifecycle Approach: The revised ISO standard requires businesses to consider the entire life cycle of the product or service. Life cycle stages include acquisition of raw materials, design, production, transportation/delivery, use, end-of life treatment and final disposal.
  • Strengthened Compliance: The clause on evaluation of compliance has been strengthened is to specify exactly how compliance is evaluated and recorded.
  • Protection of the Environment: Protection of the environment remains a key ethos of ISO 14001, as does the duty of the organisation to commit to proactive initiatives to safeguard the environment from harm and degradation.

How do the changes benefit your organisation?

Some of the major benefits of the changes to the ISO 14001 standard include the following:

  • Corporate Image and Credibility: Where contracts or tenders require an ISO 14001 certification, then this is an obvious benefit. Increasingly consumers are concerned about the environmental practices of the company that produce the products they use. One way to assure these people that you are committed to managing the environmental impacts and can demonstrate with a Sustainable Certification™ compliance certificate.
  • Improvement in Cost Control: The revised ISO 14001 can help with cost control. The first way this happens is by using the system to identify, control and reduce the number of environmental incidents that occur, which costs the company through liability costs of fines, clean-up and compensations.
  • Faster process improvements: Through these systematic processes, you enhance your public image and reduce your costs. Continuing to do this will help find better solutions to reduce your environmental impact. When people are involved in a culture that utilizes them to work toward common goals of improvement. Consequently, they are more engaged overall.
  • Reduction in Employee Turnover: Given a choice between working for a company that shows care and concern for the environment and one that does not, most people would prefer environmentally friendly companies. Engaged employees will stay longer.

I am currently using ISO 14001:2004. What should I do?

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