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ISO 14001: Environmental Management Standard (EMS)
ISO 14001 is part of a family of standards related to environmental management that exists to help organizations:
- Minimize how operations (processes etc.) negatively affect the environment (i.e. cause adverse changes to air, water, or land);
- Comply with applicable laws, regulations, and other environmentally oriented requirements; and
- Establish a process for continual improvement.
The purpose of this standard is to help organizations protect the environment, prevent pollution and improve their environmental performance.
The standard maps out a framework the organization can follow to set up an effective Environmental Management System (EMS). It can be used by any organization that wants to improve resource efficiency, reduce waste and drive down costs. Using ISO 14001 provides assurance to company management and employees as well as external stakeholders that environmental impact is being measured and improved.
Key Benefits of ISO 14001
ISO 14001 can be integrated with other management functions to assist organizations in meeting their environmental and economic goals. In addition to improvements in performance, organizations can reap a number of economic benefits including:
- Higher conformance with legislative and regulatory requirements, which minimize the risk of regulatory and environmental liability fines
- Improvement in efficiency
- Minimization of environmental impact through a reduction in waste and consumption of resources
- Reduction in operating costs
- Improved public perception
There has been a push over the last decade by consumers, for companies to adopt better internal controls, making the incorporation of ISO 14001 a smart approach for the long-term viability of businesses. This can provide them with a competitive advantage against companies that do not adopt the standard, which in turn, can have a positive impact on a company’s asset value. The use of ISO 14001 can demonstrate an innovative and forward thinking approach to customers and prospective employees. This improvement to public perception places the company in a better position to operate in the international marketplace, increasing access to new customers and business partners.
Mackin Consultancy can work with you to implement the ISO 14001standard into your organization and carry out internal audits to ensure the system complies with its requirements. Contact us today to get further information regarding the benefits that this ISO standard can bring to your organization.
Health & Safety
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