An Environmental Management System (EMS) can bring a host of benefits to your business.
What is ISO 14001?
ISO 14001 is the internationally recognised standard for an environmental management system (EMS) which is designed to help control your environmental aspects, reduce impacts and ensure legal compliance. The standard is based upon a consistent cycle of plan-do-check-review methods. Implementing an EMS enables you to demonstrate that you are a responsible operator, committed to reducing your environmental impact.
- Ensure legislative awareness and compliance
The standard provides a framework to help you understand the various legal, regulatory and contractual requirements of your organisation and what you need to do to comply with them. WRM conduct a regular review of legal and compliance obligations. Any changes to regulations are factored into the management system to ensure that our customers are prepared for future changes.
ISO 14001 is designed to become part of business operations and integrates well with other certification systems, such as ISO 9001, PAS 100/110 and permit management systems.
- Improve environmental performance
Identifying, managing and monitoring the environmental aspects is a vital part of the certification and may help to reduce the environmental impact through resource efficiency and the reduction of waste management costs. Furthermore, production processes become more efficient and cost-effective, facilitated by the target setting and review process.
- Eliminate risk
There are huge risks surrounding breaches in legislation, pollution incidents and accidents. Fines are now unlimited for breaking environmental laws and serious incidents could even lead to criminal conviction. A well-maintained EMS can support effective operations and diminish the risk of accidents occurring as well as well as the associated bad publicity.
- Competitive advantage and improved stakeholder confidence
The environmental reputation of businesses big or small, is becoming of increasing concern to customers, local residents and wider stakeholders of the business. As part of the EMS, stakeholder needs and expectations are identified and managed accordingly, through targeted action and communication procedures. In turn, this improves stakeholder confidence and the reputational image of the company. Additionally, maintaining an accredited ISO 14001: 2015 is often a procurement requirement and may give you a competitive advantage to enable business development.
- Employee engagement
When employees are involved in working towards common goals of improvement, they are more focussed and engaged in other aspects of a company. A group effort led by senior management is much likely to have a positive effect across the company.
WRM have a successful record of helping customers to achieve certification to ISO 14001:2015 and also ISO 9001:2015 standards. We provide a bespoke approach and efficient methodology to ensure the management system integrates into your existing business operations and achieves the requirements of standard. Following certification, we facilitate a regular and systematic review to identify any areas of non-compliance, potential risks which may have been missed as well as any areas of opportunity and operational improvement.