ISO14001 was updated in 2015. ISO14001:2015 is the International Standard for an Environmental Management System and it is designed to help organizations develop a continual improvement approach to enhance business’ environmental performance. Already certified ISO14001 businesses have three years from publication date of September 15, 2015 to complete the transition to the new standard. Many organizations choose to transition early so that they can show increased value within their market and demonstrate a commitment to best practice to clients, community, and shareholders.
What is ISO14001:2015?
ISO14001:2015 provides a systematic approach for controlling your business’ activities which have an impact on the environment through the development of an Environmental Management System (EMS). This EMS ensures your organization examines and thoroughly understands the environmental impacts your organization’s products from each stage of product “lifecycle”. “Lifecycle” requires the consideration of all the stages of the product from design to end of life/disposal and the determination of the impacts each stage could have on the environment.
The Benefits of ISO14001:2015
An EMS will give your business the tools to ensure it will achieve legal compliance with the ISO14001:2015. The certification is your demonstration to others that your business understands and manages its environmental impact; thereby enhancing your image to prospective clients, end users, and investors. This new standard requires an examination of your relationships or “interested parties”, which for a lot of companies could include subcontractors, neighbors, general public... This, again, helps create a better image for your company among your customers as well as in your community.
ISO14001:2015 requires a leadership commitment. Your business’ top management must be involved in leading the effort to reduce environmental footprint and evaluate risks. This is new in the 2015 version of ISO14001 and the intent is to demonstrate a company’s management is committed to pollution prevention.
Demonstrated cost savings can result in operational efficiencies created through an EMS. Setting objectives and targets allow the organization to determine how they would like to reduce their impact on the environment. Often the reduction of natural resources or increased use of recyclable materials can translate to cost savings. Implementation of ISO14001:2015 is the opportunity to continually improve your environmental system, reach legal compliance, improve your organization’s image, state your commitment to pollution prevention and achieve cost savings.
Planning to obtain ISO14001:2015 for your business? Alta can help. We provide support in preparation for the rigorous certification process so you are fully prepared. Contact us at (800) 777-0605 or email Cecile Felsher at Cecile.Felsher@altaenviron.com.