ISO 14001: The benefits for customers

Most organizations that certify their EMS (Environmental Management System) to ISO 14001:2015 will be reasonably well informed on the benefits this will bring. These benefits include things such as reduced costs, improved environmental performance and an improved reputation. Sometimes, however, it is easy to forget that there are defined and …

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Questions to successfully perform ISO 14001 top management audit

Anyone who has had to audit the top management team as part of an environmental audit will know that it can be both challenging and daunting. If your EMS (Environmental Management System) is certified to ISO 14001:2015, you will know that internal audit is a critical component to measure and …

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How ISO 14001 implementation helps reduce energy consumption

ISO 14001:2015 is the world’s leading environmental standard and, for the many organizations who are certified, its impact on EMS (environmental management system) performance is significant. There are some basic benefits that ISO 14001:2015 certification can bring, such as major savings on utility bills such as electricity, water or natural …

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How ISO 14001 can make your wine business sustainable

According to Wine America, the National Association of American Wineries, the wine industry was reported to be worth $220 billion to the US economy alone in 2017. As with any sector of this size and level of activity, there will be a subsequent environmental footprint and risk of environmental impact …

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How a food business can benefit from ISO 14001

The global food industry is a collective of complex and diverse businesses, both large and small, that work together to feed the population of this planet. Even if your food business is at the smaller end of that scale – think sandwich or coffee shop, or small supplier to these …

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How can ISO 14001 help your company’s facilities management?

Facilities Management (FM) is a business sector that will be worth one trillion US dollars by 2025, according to International Organization for Standardization. It can be described as a discipline that is “concerned with the management, operation and maintenance of an organization’s facilities.” Since every business, no matter what size, …

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How ISO 14001 can improve recycling performance

If you are familiar with ISO 14001:2015, then you will know that when the requirements of the standard are implemented correctly in an Environmental Management System (EMS), then the risk of environmental impact and the amount of wastage are reduced. One place ISO 14001:2015 differs from ISO 14001:2004, however, is …

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How can ISO 14001 help improve a company’s total quality management?

While ISO 14001 is widely recognized as the business sector’s foremost standard to allow organizations to manage environmental performance, there are also additional benefits that organizations should accrue from adapting the standard and its practices. In a previous article, How to integrate ISO 14001 and 9001, we looked at the ease …

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How can ISO 14001 implementation contribute to sustainability?

ISO 14001 is widely recognized as the primary ISO standard to help organizations run an effective EMS (Environmental Management System), and thereby limit the business’s environmental impact. Planning, reviewing, and improving a company’s activities through an effective EMS can certainly mitigate environmental impacts. Terry A’Hearn, head of the Scottish Environmental …

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5 Tips to Build a Positive Environmental Culture in a Company

Any organization which has an ISO 14001:2015 EMS (Environmental Management System) can testify that successfully establishing and maintaining that system can be significantly easier if the organization can develop a culture of environmental awareness and good practice. Traditionally, changing culture in a business can be a long and difficult task …

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How detailed should the EMS policy be?

The ISO 14001:2015 standard is significantly different from the 14001:2004 standard in many ways, and the requirements of the environmental policy is one of these differences. Despite the environmental policy being one of the mandatory requirements of the EMS (Environmental Management System), clause 5.2 of the standard does leave some …

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How to Allocate Roles and Responsibilities According to ISO 14001

Any organization that has an EMS (Environmental Management System) certified to ISO 14001:2015 should be aware of the importance of allocation of employee roles and responsibilities to achieve the planned results of the system. The guidance provided by the ISO 14001:2015 standard itself is quite brief, and it is therefore possible …

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How various personal certificates can help your EMS

If your organization has an EMS (Environmental Management System) that is or will be certified according to ISO 14001, you may be aware of the amount of work required to maintain compliance with legislation and good environmental performance. It therefore stands to reason that your organization should seek to gain …

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Ensuring employee buy-in when implementing your ISO 14001-based EMS

Establishing and developing an EMS (Environmental Management System) that will eventually become certified to ISO 14001:2015 can be a daunting task, but it can be made considerably easier when you can depend on the buy-in and commitment of the workforce involved. Having the commitment and backing of an informed, knowledgeable, …

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