Environmental management systems
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.