How Can ISO 14001 Benefit Your Organisation?

There has been a growing call for all organisations to take measures to become more environmentally friendly. This call isn’t just coming from the government and environmental groups; increasingly, consumers, employees and other stakeholders are demanding something be done.

Becoming more environmentally efficient will require you to review and optimise your organisation’s internal processes, which can be a confusing and laborious task if you’re not sure where to begin or how to ensure changes are successfully implemented and maintained.

ISO 14001 is an international environmental management system standard that, once achieved, demonstrates an organisation’s commitment towards the environment.

Enhancing the company’s image

This can be vital in strengthening the organisation’s image and reputation, satisfying the demands of its stakeholders to take these issues more seriously. The result could be to strengthen relationships with existing consumers and allow you to establish new relationships with prospective consumers, leading to increased profits and growth.

ISO 14001 could be what elevates your business above its competitors or help you to catch up with those which have already made environmental changes. In a business-to-business environment, many companies will have their own environmental policy, which requires them to use suppliers that are ISO certified.

Having an enhanced reputation could also help the organisation to maintain better relations with environmental groups or government bodies which are pushing for changes to be made as well as ensure you are up-to-date with industry regulations and requirements.

Industry requirements change frequently as new research or technology identifies opportunities and threats. By ensuring your processes are up-to-date, it could help you avoid being left behind and facing a massive cultural and financial impact further down the line.

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Wide ranging benefits

However, attaining the ISO 14001 standard will bring more benefits than simply improving your organisation’s reputation. By meeting the requirements of ISO 14001, you may also be identifying ways that the company can save money, such as through a more efficient use of energy and resources or by improving waste management.

Achieving ISO 14001

There are many different solutions for achieving ISO certification, but in most cases your business will be reviewed by a third party organisation, which will provide your business with the processes and solutions it needs in order to meet the requirements of the standard. Training may also be provided to help employees in maintaining the new management system.

Finally, a certification body – often one that is UKAS-accredited – will be brought in to undertake a full audit and ensure your business has met the requirements.

Written by James Hughes, a business and marketing expert from the UK.

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