ISO 14001 belongs to the environmental management family of standards known as ISO 14000. This series has been developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO); with the 14001 standard described as being one of the most important. The ISO is located in Geneva, Switzerland. The ISO 14000 series is voluntary is not enforced by environmental laws. However, there are many benefits to being 14001 certified. ISO 14001 is used by 200,000+ organizations in 159 countries worldwide. The ISO 14001 is similar to ISO 9000, and, if a company already has the latter certification, then implementation of the ISO 14001 would not require very much more in terms of its implementation.
The ISO 14001 represents the core set of values used by organisations. Europe’s Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) enables companies to assess, manage and make improvements to their impact on the environment. ISO 14001 is an integral part of EMAS. ISO 14001 includes an environmental management system (EMS) which sets up requirements for how an organisation can reduce its waste, reduce its carbon footprint, improve its impact on the environment and be more economical. This management system pertains to how the product is produced, rather than the product itself. Basically, the standard assists companies with meeting their environmental and economic goals. It assures a company is committed to the environment by reducing harmful effects and continued evidence of doing so. The benefits of this certification to an organisation go beyond economics and being environmental responsible; it may influence tendering for new business.
Core benefits of implementing ISO 14001 Environmental Management System
- Savings in waste, recycling and consumption
- Will have a positive influence when tendering for business
- Management of environmental risks
- Shows commitment and responsibility to the environment
- Can reduce insurance costs
- Demonstrates compliance with environmental regulations
- Supply of services is increasingly conditional on proof of certification
ISO 14001 cycle