ISO 14001 international standard sets out the requirements for an Environmental Management System (EMS). ISO 14001 can be integrated easily into any existing ISO management system. The purpose is to improve the environmental performance through different agreed approaches, like efficient resource usage and waste management. The final goal is to achieve approval of stakeholders and comply to legal requirements. Furthermore, we will detail the key benefits of 14001 EMS.
An environmental management system helps organizations identify, manage, monitor and control their environmental issues: such as air pollution, water and sewage issues, waste management, soil contamination, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and resource use and efficiency.
Being ISO 14001 certified ensures compliance with current and future statutory and regulatory requirements. It provides a framework for identifying, monitoring and complying with the various environmental requirements that apply to a company’s processes. ISO implementation will show that the company cares about the environment, and have a proven framework for identifying and complying with the various legal, regulatory and contractual requirements, thus boosting the image and credibility.
It will also increase leadership involvement and engagement of employees. Employees will become aware and active regarding all environmental issues, like waste management (especially when dealing with e-waste disposal) and providing feedback regarding environment adaptation.
The eco-friendly trend is becoming more widespread than ever. So neighbors, business partners, business competitors and, of course, the authorities, will want to know how you dispose of post-processing materials and waste. Being certified will also boost confidence and credibility.
This ISO can also provide benefits related to cost control. And all companies want to reduce costs, Implementing the standard will allow the company to identify, control, and reduce the number of environmental incidents that occur, which can cost the business a lot, through liability costs of fines, cleanup, and reparations. Also, implementing ways to conserve the energy and input materials required by company’s processes will also help the company reduce some costs.
ISO 14001 can help you gain competitive advantage in supply chain design. This is strongly related to the previous, cost control, point.
A successful compliance can help the company reduce costs for energy consumption, material storage. Also, costs related to emissions, discharges, waste handling, transport and disposal will be significantly lower. Insurance costs and the number of customer audits will also decrease.
Having a third-party certification of ISO 14001 is recommended to companies that want to be competitive and obey the laws.