About ISO 14001
ISO 14001 is an internationally accepted standard that sets out how you can put in place an effective Environmental Management System (EMS). The standard is designed to help organizations (a) minimize how their operations (processes etc.) negatively affect the environment (i.e. cause adverse changes to air, water, or land); (b) comply with applicable laws, regulations, and other environmentally oriented requirements, and (c) continually improve on the above.
How do we set out to bring together the needs of a modern hi-tech society with the existing resources of the planet? This, in essence, is the goal of all the stakeholders in managing the environment in relation to an organisation.
Arriving at the current environmental standard has taken many forces both national and international, including legislation put in place by successive governments, environmental disasters such as the Exxon Valdez, an increase in the numbers of green pressure groups, and the rise in awareness of a whole gamut of society, who look at the well-being of a business not only in terms of its share performance, but also in terms of its environmental image.
Evolution of an Environmental Standard
ISO 14001 has evolved from previous environmental standards, the first of which was developed by the British Standards Institute (BSI) and produced in 1992. The International Standards Organisation (ISO) later set up a new technical committee to develop international standards in environmental management.
It set out to develop a generic standard that would be applicable to both manufacturing and service industries, large and small businesses and not get tangled up in the different legal requirements and their implementation across the world.
ISO9001-consultant is fully committed to assisting businesses to implement ISO 14001:2004.
Benefits of ISO 14001:2004 Certification
It can help organisations:
- to conserve material and energy inputs
- to gain or retain market share because of a green corporate image
- to attract more ethical investment
- to reduce insurance risks
- to reduce waste outputs
- to improve supply chain relationships
- to increase employee pride and motivation
- to reduce prosecution risks
- to reduce costs
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