ISO 14001 is part of the ISO 14000 series of voluntary standards and guidelines on systems created by the International Organisation for Standardization or ISO. These standards and guidelines are authored to make sure that all operational processes are consistent, efficient and effective, in line with the organisation’s objectives of protecting and preserving the environment.
ISO 14001 provides a framework for environmental management best practice to aid organisations to prevent pollution, minimize environmental footprint, conform to environmental legislation and develop their business in a sustainable manner. Applicable to all sectors of industry, ISO 14001 helps organisations review their supply chain to mitigate against environmental risk and ensure sustainability.
This standard is appropriate for any organisation that desires to improve its environmental performance, notwithstanding competitive edge. It is for the organisation that recognizes the responsibility of addressing environmental problems. ISO 14001 is perfect for the organisation that does not realize savings in time, money and other resources because of the insufficiency or absence of programs for managing environmental affairs. It is ideal for the organisation that wants to achieve sustained compliance in applicable environmental regulations, as well as in achieving ISO 14001 certification. The organization that does not have environmental policies needs ISO 14001.
- Quantifying, monitoring & controlling impact of operations on the environment
- Ensuring legislative awareness & compliance
- Improving environmental performance of supply chain
- Identifying cost savings with greater emphasis on resource, waste & energy management
- Involving people in minimizing negative impacts
- Protecting the company, assets, shareholders & directors
- Improving corporate image & credibility among stakeholders, regulators, customers, prospective clients and the public