ISO 14001 Environmental Management System
What is ISO 14001 Environmental Management System?
ISO 14001 is an internationally recognised standard for Environmental Management. The purpose of the standard is to provide organisations with a framework and a set of guidelines that will protect the environment and respond to changing environmental conditions in balance with socioeconomic needs.
The implementation of an EMS can help a company contribute to a more sustainable world by protecting the environment, by preventing pollution and negative environmental impacts, reducing the potential effects of environmental circumstances on the organisation, by ensuring legal compliance and by adopting a life cycle perspective, whilst at the same time delivering financial and operational benefits.
The main elements that ISO 14001 focuses on:
- The customer experience and improving it to benefit the company
- Leadership of the organisation and the involvement of the team
- Improvement of company processes to reduce costs and minimise risks
- Refining management procedures to optimise opportunities and allow the business to grow
Being ISO 14001 certified gives companies a number of advantages over their competitors:
- Increased competitive advantage
- Better customer experience
- Increased productivity, reduced costs leading to improved net profits
- Ability to operate in new markets and acquire new customers
- Allows companies to grow and have the systems in place to efficiently manage the increased growth in business and maximise the return on investment.
ISO 14001:2015 NOW PUBLISHED
The International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) has revised the ISO 14001:2004 standard to ensure that the standard remains relevant in the business world we live in today.
The ISO committee updated the ISO14001 standard in order to keep the EMS requirements current and relevant for the world we live in today. ISO14001:2015 has been updated and designed to respond to new initiatives and environmental terminology and concepts.
The changes can be divided into two areas. First those related to the Annex SL introduction and second those specifically related to the revision of ISO 14001 standard which includes:
- Integration of EMS with the organisation’s business strategy
- Emphasis on environmental leadership Internal and external communication strategy requirements
- More focus on environmental performance and continual improvement
- Life-cycle thinking when carrying out the environmental aspects of the organisation
- Supply chain engagement
MANAGING YOUR TRANSITION TO ISO 14001-2015
Those businesses currently registered to ISO 14001:2004 have 3 years to make the transition. You can decide when to transition, but we recommend that you transition at the time of your three-year re-assessment audit. The deadline to move to ISO 14001:2015 Certification is by September 2018. This means that, after the end of September 2018, an ISO14001:2004 certificate will no longer be valid.
Transition arrangements for current CG Business Consulting Clients
We are offering a wide range of solutions to help you make the transition from ISO 14001:2004 and meet the 2015 requirements.
Our range of services includes gap analysis, training, including in-company management briefings and transition planning and facilitation workshops, and audits, all of which are designed to make your transition to the new standard(s) as seamless as possible.
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