The ISO 14001:2004 Standard is a framework for Environmental Management that the International Organization for Standardization has published in 1996 and revised in November 2004.
The ISO 14001: 2004 Standard sets out the requirements for an Environmental Management System (EMS) which can be employed by an organization to measure and document their environmental footprints.
The ISO 14001 Standard is based on the principle of continual improvement of an organization’s Environmental Performance. The standard utilizes the business concept of ‘Plan – Do – Check – Act’. It consists of a set of requirements that a company has to address and implement in its business activities to continually improve environmental commitments.
The ISO 14001:2004 Standard is applicable to any business that wishes to establish, implement, maintain and improve an environmental management system and conform to its stated environmental policy.
The adverse environmental impact of business activities is increasing at a very fast pace. To reduce carbon footprints and go green, businesses must voluntarily opt in for the ISO 14001:2015 Standard. It helps in incorporating environmental management along with the regular business activities. It enhances the environmental responsibility of the organization and helps protect nature.
The ISO 14001:2015 Standard lists down of few requirements that will help in optimizing the use of raw materials and reducing cost. The continuous improvement in a business process compliant to the ISO 14001:2015 will result in business sustainability with a green footprint.
The ISO 14001:2015 Standard helps in reducing the effort required to manage the legal compliance of business activity that affects the environment. It helps in improving the management of your environmental risks.
The Environmental Management System requirements can be integrated with other management standards to build a single business system. Thus, avoiding duplication efforts and cost of process improvements while implementing any other ISO Standards.
Also, the environmental responsibility will be continually applied to the regular business operations by complying to the standard.
The ISO 14001:2015 Standard is a voluntary certification any organization could comply to. The social responsibility and concern about environmental practices of the companies will be highly appreciated by customers and clients.
It provides an assurance as the brand is environmentally friendly. It helps in building community relations and a social responsibility. It helps reduce risks related to any loss of reputation due to non-compliance with environmental policies.
The ISO 14001:2015 Standard is based on the management process of ‘Plan-Do-Check-Act’ and is in sync with other ISO Standard. Hence it enables seamless integration with the ISO 9001:2015 (Quality Management Systems), ISO 45001 (Occupational Health & Safety) and other management based Standards.
Key Changes to ISO 14001:2015 Standard from ISO 14001:2004 Standard:
The key changes related to the ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management System Certification are:
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We assure that you will be seeing tangible benefits in the long run from the ISO 14001:2015 Certification processes and allied activities. (if implemented the right way and continually improve the business processes as per the ISO 14001:2015 Standard requirements).
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