An Environmental Management System (EMS) determines and continuously improves an organizations' environmental position and performance. It follows an outline (see below) and is managed like any other facet of a business; quality, safety, etc, and provides a framework for implementing improvements or to meet regulatory requirements. Ideally, it is built on an existing quality management system. (ISO 9001).
An EMS follows a Plan-Do-Check-Act Cycle, or PDCA.
Develop an environmental policy
Planning your EMS
Implementing it in your organization
Monitor the system
The model is continuous because an EMS is a process of continual improvement in which an organization is constantly reviewing and revising the system.
The majority of companies implement ISO 14001 because it makes sound business sense. Many certification clients tell us it has made a real difference to the bottom line.
What is ISO 14001:2015?
An effective environmental management system (EMS) certified to ISO 14001 isn’t just good for the environment. It’s good news for your business too.
ISO 14001 is the internationally recognised EMS standard which requires an organisation to effectively manage its environmental impacts through commitments to pollution prevention, legal compliance and continual improvement.
By better managing your company’s activities, you can demonstrate you operate in an environmentally responsible way, while also complying with relevant legislation and meeting your own environmental policy.
As the standard requires commitment to continual improvement of the EMS, this will help the drive for more efficient use of raw materials, energy, reduction of waste, etc., so helping to reduce costs.
Few businesses are immune to the growing pressure from customers, trading partners and regulators
for demonstration of improved environmental management.
ISO 14001 certification benefits
An EMS meeting the requirements of ISO 14001:2015 is a management tool enabling an organization of any size or type to:
Identify and control the environmental impact of its activities, products or services
Continually improve its environmental performance
Implement a systematic approach to setting environmental objectives, to achieving these and to demonstrating that they have been achieved
Ensure legal compliance (aided by ISO 14001 registration/certification)
Can integrate the requirements of this and other management standards into a single business system so reducing duplication and costs
Provide assurance to management that it is in control of the organizational processes and activities having an impact on the environment
Assure employees that they are working for an environmentally responsible organization.
In addition, you want to maintain your position in the market place because more and more customers and countries are becoming environmentally conscious and are beginning to require that suppliers and companies show proof of sound environmental commitment. The proof and commitment are reflected in the ISO 14001 certification of your Environmental Management System.
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