ISO 14001 is an internationally agreed standard that sets out the requirements for an Environmental Management System (ENV). It helps organizations improve their environmental performance as a business, through more efficient use of global resources and reduction of waste, all while gaining a competitive advantage and the trust of business stakeholders.
An Environmental Management System (ENV), helps organizations identify, manage, monitor and control their environmental issues. Other ISO standards that look at different types of management systems, such as ISO 9001 for Quality Management Systems (QMS) and ISO 45001 for Health and Safety Systems (H&S), are comparable in nature but require more in-depth procedures and processes. ISO 14001 can be integrated easily into any existing ISO management system, and is usually bundled in with H&S to make a Health, Safety and Environmental Management System (HSE) which can be certified to both ISO 14001 and ISO 45001.
Users of the ISO 14001 Environmental System standards can help your business receive benefits in the form of:
Demonstration of business compliance with past, current and future statutory and regulatory requirements,
Become better prepared for the changing world regulations and carbon taxes that will inevitably be implemented over the next decade,
Show a proactive and positive approach towards the environment creating a positive feeling from all business touch points, while also increasing effectiveness of some marketing campaigns,
Increase leadership involvement and engagement of managers and employees of the company,
Achieve strategic business objectives by incorporating environmental issues into business management and Quality Management Systems,
Provide a competitive and financial advantage through improved inefficiencies and reduced costs of the procedures that are put in place,
Encourage better environmental performance of suppliers by integrating them into the organization’s business systems and audit procedures.
ISO 14001 can create benefit in organizations of all types and sizes, including but not limited too, public, private, not-for-profit and governmental organizations. Accredited certification to ISO 14001 is not yet a requirement for many organizations; however, it is becoming more and more important to global companies when looking to pre-qualify potential contractors. Simply having an environmental system and policy allows a company to standout among the competition.
Taking a stance on all environmental issues relevant to operations, such as air pollution, water and sewage issues, waste management, geo-technical & soil contamination, climate change mitigation, and non-renewable resource use is something that the world is going to have to work together on. It starts with businesses doing there part to protect resources while still being able to operate profitable and sustainable.
Like all ISO management system standards, ISO 14001 includes the need for continual improvement of an companies systems and approach to environmental concerns, anchored by a businesses quality management conformance, management review and audit procedures.