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Where does ISO 14001 fit into your organization?

In this age where organizations are expected to be more environmentally aware than ever before, ISO 14001 is recognized as the primary business standard that provides guidance on how to control environmental impact for businesses the world over. With 319,234 ISO 14001 certificates  awarded during 2015 alone – a number …

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How can a startup benefit from ISO 14001?

For many startup companies, environmental concerns and standards like ISO 14001 are not a top priority, but rather something that can be looked at after the initial growing period of the company has ended, and things have settled down. In my experience, many organizations think that there is an inherent …

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Understanding the needs & expectations of interested parties in ISO 14001

In the beginning of the ISO 14001:2015 requirements for implementing an Environmental Management System (EMS) there is a critical step that takes place after you identify the context of your organization, but before you determine the scope of your EMS. This step is understanding the needs and expectations of the interested …

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Identifying and controlling environmental aspects in a virtual team

Virtual companies are a feature of everyday life in the 21st century, where people can buy products and services, and even store data with companies who partly or wholly exist online. Despite an organization existing online, the company’s activities can still mean that it has a significant environmental impact. Therefore, …

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Identifying environmental aspects in the engineering business according to ISO 14001

The traditional heavy engineering sector has been a vital part of most western economies for several generations, producing everything from nuts and bolts at one end of the spectrum to steel for building structures and shipbuilding at the other end. What most of these organizations historically share is a track …

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What is the ISO 14001 internal audit report, and how to create it?

If your organization has an EMS (Environmental Management System) certified against ISO 14001:2015, you will be aware of the importance of the internal audit function in ensuring that your EMS functions correctly. As we saw in the previous article: Internal audits in the EMS: 5 main steps, the structure of …

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Case study: How to implement ISO 14001 principles in a sales team

As environmental awareness is greater in modern society than at any time in the past, the focus is on all major organizations to reduce their impacts and carbon footprints, no matter what sector a company may operate in. Many sales organizations have a greater environmental impact than they realize, and …

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ISO 14001 case study: Waste management in a construction company

Waste management is a very important topic for any construction company, considering the vast amounts of waste present on every construction site. Besides being a great nuisance, the waste can be a source of hazards and financial expenses – not only because of potential fines, but also as a sign …

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Lifecycle perspective in ISO 14001:2015 – What does it mean?

One of the fundamental changes in the ISO 14001:2015 standard is the requirement for organizations to take a “lifecycle” perspective of the products it produces or manufactures, which is significantly more prescriptive than the ISO 14001:2004 standard that organizations were certified against immediately before. But, what does “lifecycle” really mean …

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Using ISO 14001 to manage and reduce waste in the electronics industry

Many organizations involved in the manufacture, assembly, or disassembly of equipment using electronic components will be aware of the advantages of having an ISO 14001-certified EMS (Environmental Management System). With waste in this industry – resources, energy, and components – being expensive, and sometimes hazardous, it makes sense to be …

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Ensuring that environmental objectives are aligned with the company’s strategic direction

One of the key leadership requirements of the ISO 14001:2015 standard is the top management’s responsibility for ensuring that environmental policies and objectives are aligned with the strategic direction of the organization. This sounds reasonably straightforward, but what underpins this requirement, what does it really mean, and what steps must …

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Application of the process approach in ISO 14001 implementation

Many organizations that are implementing an Environmental Management System (EMS) will be integrating their EMS with their current Quality Management System (QMS), and will have heard of the process approach, which is integral to those requirements. However, it might be less understood how the process approach is applicable to the …

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How much does ISO 14001 implementation cost?

“How much will the ISO 14001 implementation cost?” is usually one of the first questions that members of top management will ask when a proposal is made for ISO 14001 implementation, and naturally so. While there is no “ready reckoner” for costing implementation for your organization, there are several important …

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Creating an ISO 14001 internal audit plan

The internal audit is one of the most vital elements of an ISO 14001-certified EMS (Environmental Management System) in ensuring that processes are effective and being followed, and therefore delivering continual improvement. With so much importance placed on the internal audit process and so many details that need to be captured, it …

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