In business, setting and adhering to international standards, then advertising certification, can bolster a company’s reputation, reliability and results. Management Standards published by the International Standards Organization (ISO) are the most commonly adopted standards. If a company boasts ISO 14001 certification, the company is stating that it manages very carefully to minimize its impact on the environment. Specifically, this voluntary compliance and external certification affirms a company’s adherence to the criteria of an environmental management system, that strives to improve resource efficiency, reduce costs and waste as well as reduce the risk of pollution.
The ISO 14000 standard uses a number of the disciplines originally developed as part of ISO 9001 Quality Management standard. ISO 14001 provides a template for assessing the legal and other environmentally related requirements and then identifying and managing the environmental impacts of the Organisations operations. ISO 14001 does not address products or services provision directly but the environmental footprints the processes leave. The standard provides a management outline on setting up, implementing and improving of an environmental management system.
Some people believe that ISO 14001 applies only to the waste management industry or significant polluters. This belief is incorrect, for ISO 14001 outlines standards for all businesses, whether private or public. Its standards can be implemented at any level of operation, administration or management.
Meeting the requirements for ISO 14001 certification (sometimes called accreditation) is not easy. The ISO 14000 standard requirements compose a key component to the European Union’s Eco-Management and Audit System or EMAS. The EMAS’s requirements for structure and material are exceptionally rigid, especially relating to performance, improvement, compliance and reporting.
When a company proudly displays an ISO 14001 certification, rest assured the company cares about the ecology, the planet and its inhabitants, and it is working diligently to reduce or eliminate negative effects on water, air and land of its operations.