The international environmental management standard ISO 14001 is a voluntary initiative aimed at improving company environmental performance. Companies looking to achieve ISO 14001 certification should:
ISO 14001 is the most popular environmental management standard. It is generally considered to be easier to achieve than EMAS. Recent changes to the EMAS regulations have better aligned the standards, ISO 14001 is also designed to be compatible with other standards, i.e. ISO 9001 (Quality), OHSAS 18001 (Health and Safety) and BS 7799 (Information Security).
- identify elements of the business which impact on the environment, and gain access to the relevant environmental legislation
- produce objectives for improvement and a management programme to achieve them, including regular reviews for continual improvement
The BSI cite the following as benefits of registration to ISO 14001:
- demonstration of legal and regulatory compliance
- demonstration to stakeholders of your commitment to the environment
- demonstration of an innovative and forward thinking approach
- increased access to new customers and business partners
- better management of environmental risks, now and in the future
- potential reduced public liability insurance costs
- cost savings
For further information on registration and consultancy help go to the BSI website.