ISO 14001

ISO 14001 is a globally accepted standard developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for the implementation of an environmental management system (EMS). ISO 14001 standard provides the framework for businesses to demonstrate their commitment to environmental responsibility. It prescribes controls for those activities that have an effect on the environment. ISO 14001 does not concretely specify acceptable levels of environmental performance. ISO 14001 is the world’s first generic, internationally recognized standard for environmental management. Any organization able to implement and improve an EMS may seek ISO 14001 certification. The ISO 14001 standard is based on the Plan-Check-Do-Review-Improve cycle.

Organizations must first define their own environmental policies and adhere to the stated policies. In addition, it must comply with environmental laws and regulations for its industry and region, as well as demonstrate compliance. Some of the benefits of implementing ISO 14001 include:

  • Identification of cost savings with greater emphasis on resource, waste and energy management
  • Developing the corporate image and credibility
  • Quantification, monitoring and controlling the impact of operations on the environment, now and in the future
  • Ensuring legislative awareness and compliance
  • Improving environmental performance of supply chain
  • Protecting the company, assets, shareholders and directors
  • Potentially decreasing public liability insurance costs for your organisation

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