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Environmental Management System

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ISO 14001:2015 – Environmental Management Systems

Published in September 2015, the ISO 14001:2015 Standard supersedes ISO 14001:2004.

It is part of the ISO 14001 Family of Standards.

Why has the Standard been updated and what are the changes?

The business world is continually changing and the Environmental Management Standard has been updated to better fit today’s needs. The environmental context for businesses is more challenging these days in meeting stakeholder expectations, along with the general expectation that modern organisations will become environmental stewards and perform accordingly in all areas of operation.

There’s been a shift towards more service-based businesses worldwide in recent years, and the terminology of the ISO 14001:2015 Standard has been adjusted to make it easier for these service-based organisations to interpret the true intent of the Standard.

A “risk-based thinking” approach has been introduced, to determine the requirements of the business and its management systems. This new approach has enabled a considerable reduction in the prescriptive requirements of the old Standard, which have been replaced by performance-based requirements, providing greater flexibility for the management systems to suit the needs of the individual organisation. There is now no mandatory requirement for documented procedures! The organisation determines its own requirements to effectively manage its own processes!

There’s more focus on continually identifying opportunities for improvement for future needs and expectations in enhancing the organisation’s environmental performance.

There’s a greater focus on management demonstrating leadership and commitment, and taking greater accountability for the effectiveness of the environmental management system, ensuring integration of the requirements within the business processes, and ensuring it achieves its intended outcomes.

A common framework for all Management System Standards has been introduced to provide greater consistency across all the ISO Management Standards.

The ISO 14001 Standard

The ISO 14001:2015 Standard is all about minimising any negative impacts on the environment (via adverse changes to air, water or land), complying with applicable environmental laws and regulations, and continually improving in these areas.

ISO 14001:2015 provides a framework for better management control with the goal of reducing environmental impact, and higher conformance with environmental legislative and regulatory requirements.

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What are the benefits of
the ISO 14001 Standard for your business?

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REDUCED COSTS

Via improved operational efficiency and waste reduction

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IMPROVED BUSINESS SUSTAINABILITY

With greater operational efficiency, improved internal controls and improved public perception

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GREATER COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE

Environmental Certification could be the point of difference that wins your next contract

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WIDER MARKET POTENTIAL

Environmental Certification could open up new markets that you didn’t previously quality to tender for

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PROMOTES INTERNATIONAL TRADE

When ISO 14001 Certification is achieved

ISO 14001:2015

STAKEHOLDER CONFIDENCE

Certification requirements demonstrate an innovative and forward-thinking approach to your customers, and that environmental legal and regulatory requirements are being met and continually monitored

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REDUCED BUSINESS RISK

with processes in place to identify, control and continually re-assess the effectiveness of the environmental risk controls in place, throughout the product or service life cycle

What types of businesses will benefit from Certification to the ISO 14001:2015 Standard?

Any business that wants to achieve environmentally sustainable success via improved resource efficiency, reduced waste and reduced costs will benefit from implementation of the ISO 14001:2015 Standard.

Businesses will also benefit from Certification to the ISO 14001 Standard where they need or want to demonstrate this commitment to stakeholders, or where they want to demonstrate this innovative and forward-thinking approach to their customers and their marketplace.

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How the ISO 14001 Environmental Certification Process Works

ISO Certification Experts is not an Accredited Certification Body. We do not conduct Third Party Audits to achieve ISO 14001 Certification to the requirements of the Environmental Management Standard. Our role is to assist you in ISO Certification Readiness and Business Process Improvement.

Your ISO Certification Audits will be conducted by a Certification Body Auditor.

All ISO Certifications run on a three-year certification cycle, usually with audits 12 months apart.

Once you achieve your ISO 14001 Environmental Management Certification, it is subject to satisfactory annual Surveillance Audits.

Year 1
Initial ISO Certification Audit

This is conducted in two separate Audit stages, up to 6 months apart:

  • Stage 1 (Readiness Review):
    A full review of your business processes and documented information to ensure all requirements of every clause of the ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management Systems Standard (relevant to your business) have been addressed.

  • Stage 2 (Certification Audit):
    An assessment conducted at your business premises (a sample of your offices and your project sites, as applicable) to ensure that you actually do what your processes and documented information say you do, and that it’s effective for your business operations.

Year 2
Surveillance Audit

This is conducted within 12 months of the Stage 2 Audit. It is shorter than the Stage 2 Audit and generally samples across approximately half of the business processes to verify that you’re continuing to:

  • monitor and measure your progress towards your environmental objectives and targets

  • control your identified environmental, general business and process risks

  • review and update your business planning

  • conduct effective internal audits

  • conduct management reviews that meet the requirements of the ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Standard

  • improve environmental management and the management system

Year 3
Surveillance Audit

This is conducted within 12 months of the Year 2 Surveillance Audit with the same Audit duration. The Auditor usually samples the other half of the business processes which weren’t sampled in Year 2, to verify that you’re continuing to:

  • monitor and measure your progress towards your environmental objectives and targets

  • control your identified environmental, general business and process risks

  • review and update your business planning

  • conduct effective internal audits

  • conduct management reviews that meet the requirements of the ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Standard

  • improve environmental management and the management system

Then the three-year certification cycle starts again with a Re-Certification Audit, followed by two annual Surveillance Audits.

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