What are the benefits of ISO 14001 Environmental Management?
- Better environmental management reduces waste and energy use
- Improve efficiency to cut the cost of running your business
- Demonstrate compliance to expand your business opportunities
- Meet legal obligations to win greater stakeholder and customer trust
- Prepare for the changing business landscape confidently
ISO 14001 can help you realize considerable environmental, economic and social benefits by providing a framework for managing your organization in a sustainable way, whatever your size, sector or geographical location, especially when combined with independent certification via LRQA.
Under pressure to reduce your bottom line?
ISO 14001 can help to combat rising operating costs and provide cost savings through the reduction of waste and increased efficiency. The standard requires that you identify areas of environmental impact within your organization and then put controls in place to minimize these impacts. Additionally ISO 14001 gives you the potential to reduce insurance costs, as proving that you are environmentally responsible deems you to be less of an insurance risk.
Meet supply chain demands to manage your environmental impact
The growth of the green supply chain over the past decade has been extraordinary. A combination of both increased awareness and legislation means that minimizing your environmental impact has become an integral element in organizational decision making. ISO 14001 requires certified companies to continually improve their performance, and part of this is to influence their supply chains to do the same. For example suppliers are asked for confirmation that they meet certain environmental standards, and are also frequently being asked to themselves gain certification to ISO 14001.
Additionally ISO 14001 is increasingly becoming a pre-requisite for tendering for contracts. Opening the door to more lucrative business deals offers a huge advantage over competitors and winning larger contracts should mean larger profits.
Protect the environment and your reputation
With concern over the environment being a mainstay of today’s culture, organizations who don’t pay attention to their environmental impact run the risk of ruining their reputation and losing their markets. ISO 14001 can reduce this risk of losing customers and investors through damaged reputation from poor environmental performance. Also being able to demonstrate environmental commitment to stakeholders, through this internationally recognized standard, offers your organization a competitive advantage and can increase your access to new customers and business partners.
Does legislation demand compliance with ISO 14001?
ISO 14001 has been developed to ensure that when organizations implement the environmental management system they have considered the legislation that applies to their operations. Implementing ISO 14001 demonstrates that you have procedures in place to comply with a range of legal and regulatory requirements. This reduces the risk of environmental breaches and subsequent costs, fines or prosecution. It also helps you to keep abreast of new legislation in adequate time to address appropriate issues and ensure compliance.
Gain a competitive edge to grow your business
Being recognized as an environmentally friendly organization demonstrates environmental commitment to new and existing customers. ISO 14001 can differentiate you from your competitors and in turn increase your access to new customers, winning their confidence, new contracts and increasing your organization’s results. Promoting environmental credentials to your existing client base will also help you retain them in an ever increasingly competitive market.