ISO 14001:2015

Environmental Management System

ISO 14001:2015

What is ISO 14001:2015?
ISO 14001 is an internationally agreed standard that sets out the requirements for an environmental management system. It helps organizations improve their environmental performance through more efficient use of resources and reduction of waste, gaining a competitive advantage and the trust of stakeholders.

What are the benefits of ISO 14001:2015?

There are many reasons why an organization should take a strategic approach to improving its environmental performance. Users of the standard have reported that ISO 14001 helps:
• Demonstrate compliance with current and future statutory and regulatory requirements
• Increase leadership involvement and engagement of employees
• Improve company reputation and the confidence of stakeholders through strategic communication
• Achieve strategic business aims by incorporating environmental issues into business management
• Provide a competitive and financial advantage through improved efficiencies and reduced costs
• Encourage better environmental performance of suppliers by integrating them into the organization’s business systems

What are the key improvements? ISO 14001:2015 now requires:
• Environmental management to be more prominent within the organization’s strategic direction
• A greater commitment from leadership
• The implementation of proactive initiatives to protect the environment from harm and degradation, such as sustainable resource use and climate change mitigation
• A focus on life-cycle thinking to ensure consideration of environmental aspects from development to end-of-life
• The addition of a stakeholder-focused communication strategy It also allows for easier integration into other management systems thanks to the same structure, terms and definitions.

Who should use the ISO 14001:2015 ?
ISO 14001 is suitable for organizations of all types and sizes, be they private, not-for-profit or government. The environmental management standard lasts for three years and is subject to mandatory audits to ensure that you are compliant. At the end of the three years, you will be required to complete a reassessment audit in order to receive the standard for an additional three years.

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