What is ISO14001?
ISO14001 is most easily understood as a “book of best environmental practice” for a company or an organisation. Its objective is to provide a proven framework that helps you reduce the environmental impact your company’s operations have on the environment.
Like its sister quality standard, underlying the framework is a process of creative destruction; the objective of which is to ensure the organisation reduces its environmental impact over time.
The ISO14001 standard provides a framework that asks a company to:
- Identify the impact of the organisation’s activities on the environment;
- Ensure the organisation conforms to current environmental regulations and legislation; and
- Commit to a process of continual environmental improvement.
What are the benefits of ISO14001?
There have been many studies into the benefits of ISO14001. One study by Aspects International Ltd confirmed that organisations implementing ISO 14001 had:
- Improved market share – 80%
- Improved financial performance – 60%
- Improved legal compliance – 81%
- Improved product benefits – 60%
- Improved customer satisfaction – 78%
- Achieved pay back in 1 year – 60%
Statius specialises in implementing and maintaining management systems to a variety of standards. The most common being ISO14001 however, there are others; The Eco Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) being one.
There are two ways to build a management system:
- The easy way for the assessor to assess. This approach would use the standards structure, the standards terms terminology, but is often alienating to your staff
- The easy way for the company to get value from the system. This approach, our approach, seeks to understand your business and your processes and connect them to your existing objectives and key performance indicators. A create a cross reference is then created linking your system back to the clauses of the standard to make it easy for the assessor.
Which would you prefer?