ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management
Are you aware of your business’ impact on the environment? Do you value sustainability and strive to protect the planet? Perhaps you are looking to reduce expensive waste management costs or meet legal obligations.
No matter what you’re looking for, IMSM can talk you through how an ISO 14001 environmental management system (EMS) could bring not just financial benefits for your organisation, but also ecological and health-orientated advantages.
What is ISO 14001?
Part of the ISO 14000 family of international standards which provide guidelines for organisations looking to manage their environmental impact, ISO 14001 is the accreditation that helps you design and implement an EMS. The framework is designed to measure and improve the way organisations use and dispose of natural resources as well as reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.
The standard is generic, meaning it is applicable to organisations of any size and in any industry. From a big factory hoping to reduce their waste to a small office that’s looking to cut down on gas and electricity use, the standard is suitable for all. An ISO 14001 certification shows an organisational commitment to the environment and a more efficient, conscious use of the Earth’s resources.
What are the benefits of ISO 14001?
- Legal compliance
Becoming ISO 14001 certified allows you to understand your compliance obligations in relation to the latest environmental legislation and other requirements by providing a systematic approach to meeting current and identifying future regulations. By keeping abreast of your legal duties, you reduce the risk of prosecution and bad press that can come with environmental breaches.
- Improved consumer reputation
As the climate situation worsens, more and more businesses are making the switch to sustainable practices in line with consumer trends. Getting ISO 14001 certified impresses existing customers and clients as it demonstrates your active commitment to corporate and social responsibility.
- Competitive advantages
Not only will you provide assurance to your established consumer base, but you can access global business opportunities in a growing market. Your new credentials will set you apart from your competitors – or you could fall behind if they are certified, and you’re not.
- Waste reduction
Are machines running unnecessarily? Are there certain processes that produce a lot of plastic waste? By streamlining your environmental processes, ISO 14001 identifies and mitigates waste by highlighting more suitable renewable energy sources and energy-saving processes that result in a more sustainable, efficient organisation. Use less and save more.
- Long-term money saving
Naturally, better efficiency leads to reduced costs in the running of your business. Some financial benefits include less tax, lower energy and insurance bills and a reduction in operating costs.
- Culture of continual improvement
Incorporating the ISO 14001 framework into your organisation is not a one-off exercise: regular reviews keep an environmental consciousness in the forefront of everything you do.
How can ISO specialists help your business?
Getting started with ISO 14001 certification can seem like a daunting process, which is why many businesses choose to use the help of an ISO consultant. We support and guide your business through certification. Our experienced consultants take the lead on auditing your business and help you use the results to improve your environmental management system. If necessary, there is also plenty of room for training.
Simple: we make it simple. We have been helping businesses achieve ISO certification since 1995 and have over 150 consultants operating around the world. With 15,000+ clients that have trusted us to implement ISOs, we are the experts and will do the heavy lifting, saving your company precious time. With a transparent fixed fee and flexible approach, we work with your business to make the process of gaining ISO 14001 as straightforward and beneficial as possible.
We strive to make ISO certification as straightforward as possible with our:
- World-class gap analysis
- Experienced and diverse lead auditors
- Flexible terms and contract
- Fixed fee
- Full implementation
- EFQM ‘Recognised for Excellence’ 5 Star Status
“IMSM had been instrumental in gaining our two standards – so they were the natural choice for helping us become ISO 14001 certified. They were helpful throughout the whole process. Not only were they easy to work with, they were flexible too and always willing to fit around our schedule.”
– Clive S.
Steps to getting ISO 14001 certification
The process of getting ISO 14001 certified with IMSM is a trouble-free step-by-step approach.
- Initial consultation
We help you outline your goals, focusing on what your business wants to achieve and how it defies success, particularly in relation to your clients’ requirements and any legality around environmental policy. Together, you and our ISO consultants will agree reasonable outcomes and delivery dates.
- Producing your organisation’s ISO 14001 documentation
Next, the IMSM consultant will audit your existing procedures and help you document the new systems that will help deliver success – both existing and how you will improve these. This documentation sets out how your business should operate going forward so that it can deliver ISO 14001.
- Training you to adopt the ISO 14001 framework
While the documentation is important moving forward, it is even more important that it is put to practical use. We work with the senior management team to ensure the framework is embedded throughout your organisation.We can also develop and deliver tailored training for staff to ensure understanding and implementation of ISO 14001 is watertight. This will create consistency across your organisation, transforming your business from day one so it is improving efficiency through environmentally-sound tactics.
- Submission to a third party external auditor
Before you can be awarded the ISO 14001 certification, your organisation is submitted to the third party certifying body that IMSM believes is most suitable for your company. This audit is an objective view on whether your business is conforming to ISO 14001. As we will have provided excellent support and guidance to your business every step of the way, you can be assured that the outcome will be successful.
- ISO 14001 awarded
Once confirmed that you are ISO 14001 compliant, your organisation will be presented with your certificate. This international certification will be recognised by current, potential and future clients as a mark of environmental awareness.
Take a look at our case studies to find out how IMSM has helped implement environmental management systems from real-life examples or request a call back for more information about how we can help you.
How do I get ISO 14001 certified?
Most businesses start with getting certified in ISO 9001; the international certification for quality management. An existing quality management system (QMS) means you have the building blocks in place for implementing an EMS.
What are the ISO 14001 requirements?
The requirements for ISO 14001 are divided into 10 sections based on the Plan Do Check Act management method. In a nutshell, clauses 1-6 are involved in the Plan stage, 7-8 in the Do stage, 9 in Check and 10 in Act. A closer look into the process can be found here.
How much does it cost to get ISO certified?
The cost of getting ISO 14001 certified varies from organisation to organisation, but it is priced using three major factors: the size of your business, your industry and the complexity of your processes. For a more detailed breakdown, head over to our blog.
What is the difference between ISO 14000 and 14001?
The ISO 14000 family of standards relate to an organisation’s environmental impact. ISO 14001 is a management standard you can certify to in order to implement an EMS into your company’s operational framework. If you’re looking for the difference between ISO 14001 and ISO 45001, we’ve explained it here.
Who needs ISO 14001 certification?
Any business looking to reduce their environmental impact and improve their internal efficiencies would benefit from ISO 14001, no matter your size, complexity or industry.
Is ISO 14001 mandatory?
ISO 14001, though recognised as key in many industries and business dealings, is not mandatory or a legal requirement. However, certification helps companies adhere to their country’s respective laws and environmental regulations.
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