In view of global sensitization towards environmental protection and sustainable development, there has been growing interest and commitment to improve environmental management practices in different sphere of life.
The regulatory agencies and regulated bodies, including industry and other trade organizations, strive to minimize environmental degradation and ISO 14001 certification shows the compliance of environmental management. Customers, consumers and shareholders are increasingly demanding environmentally responsible products and services. They expect companies to comply with environmental standards and demonstrate their commitment to the environment in daily operations.
Clients want proof of this commitment, and it is an opportunity for companies to leverage their sincere environmental actions. ISO 14001 is an internationally accepted standard that sets out a framework of essential elements for putting an effective Environmental Management System (EMS) in place.
The standard is designed to address the delicate balance between maintaining profitability and reducing environmental impact. The ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems (EMS) certification enables organizations to demonstrate commitment to the environment.
The standard provides guidance on management of the
environmental aspects of business activities more effectively, while taking into consideration environmental
protection, pollution prevention and socioeconomic needs.
Furthermore, it assists organization to ensure compliance with environmental legislation and reduces the risk
of penalties and possible litigation. Demonstrating commitment to the environment can transform corporate
culture externally by opening up new business opportunities with environmentally aware customers or clients.
Internally, it can improve employee ethics and the workplace. ISO 14001 compliance can also provide
organization with a better use of energy and resources, and reduce costs over time.
Who is it relevant to?
We all make an impact on the environment, be it from releasing gases into the atmosphere as a result of
burning fossil fuels to heat offices and fuel cars, to the depletion of natural resources such as from water use
or paper consumption.
So, ISO 14001 is relevant to every organization, including:
Single site to large multinational companies
High risk companies to low risk service organizations
Manufacturing, process and the service industries; including local governments
All industry sectors including public and private sectors
Original equipment manufacturers and their suppliers
Certification to ISO 14001 allows us to:
Demonstrate a commitment to achieving legal and regulatory compliance to regulators and government
Demonstrate environmental commitment to stakeholders
Demonstrate an innovative and forward thinking approach to customers and employees
Increase access to new customers and business partners
Better manage environmental risks, now and in the future
Potentially reduce or eliminate public liability insurance costs
Reduce operational costs through reduced energy consumption and use of natural resources
Reduce fines and clean-up costs
Enhance business reputation.