Government Grants are available to businesses to inplement Management Standard certifications, especially for ISO 9001 and ISO 14001. Government Grants have been substantial. CHARTER4 can provide you with help on funding and for implementing your project.
The Certification Bodies are independent organisations assessed and registered by Government set-up Accreditation Bodies. The international standards together form a self checking system to ensure that standards are globally uniform. We explain more fully how the certification bodies fit into the ISO landscape.
The Environmental Management Standard (ISO 14001) was updated in 2015. The changes included a move to ensure that the Standard aligns better with other Standards. The new approach is more about Leadership and the context of the organisation. So, it goes beyond the inward looking aspects of the business and its goals. The Environmental Management Standard is about considering the wider scope of the environmental impact of your business.
In a modern social and business context, managing the environmental impact of an organisation makes sense. Environmental issues can have a big cost for most organisations, more so the bigger the business. As a result, the modern business needs to manage its impact, public perception that goes with it and normal business processes. Particularly, those that impact the environment. The ISO 14001 Standard puts all this in context and suggests a way forward.