Updated ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems released

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More than 300,000 organizations globally use the environmental management standard and have achieved ISO 14001 certification.

The ISO 14001 standard outlines how to put an effective environmental management system in place. It is designed to help businesses remain commercially successful without overlooking environmental responsibilities.

ISO 14001:2015 responds to the latest trends, such as an increasing recognition by companies of the need to factor in both external and internal elements that influence their impact, including climate volatility.

“The revisions to ISO 14001 highlight the vital role that senior management can play to ensure that their companies have a clear strategic approach to the environment and maximize the opportunities for their business.”

Nigel Marsh, global head of environment at Rolls-Royce

ISO says the updated standard will better support businesses as they manage growing environmental risks and take advantage of business opportunities. It will require companies to:

• Put in place measures to proactively respond to growing environmental risks
• Ensure top management are accountable for environmental performance improvement
• Place greater emphasis on managing environmental impacts across the value chain.

With these changes, the revised ISO 14001 standard will become more integrated into core business processes, with an extra focus being placed on leadership and top management and communicational performance.

Key changes to ISO 14001 include: -

• A high-level structure (HLS) featuring terms, definitions, headings and text common to all management system standards - allowing for easier integration when implementing multiple management systems
• Greater commitment from senior management
• More effective communication, driven through a communications strategy
• A refocus on the risks the organisation faces as well as the opportunities these risks present
• New strategic thinking on the context of the organisation, helping them understand their setting and environmental impacts and also the impact that the environment has on them. · Life-cycle thinking, considering each stage of a product or service, from development to end-of-life.

Nigel Marsh, global head of environment at SafeContractor client Rolls-Royce, says the revised standard will help ensure businesses acknowledge the environment and sustainability are among the top issues facing organizations. “The revisions to ISO 14001 highlight the vital role that senior management can play to ensure that their companies have a clear strategic approach to the environment and maximize the opportunities for their business.”

With clients increasingly looking at the impact of their supply chain on their environmental management goals it is more important than ever to be able to demonstrate your environmental management credentials.

Coinciding with the publication of the new ISO 14001, SafeContractor has launched SafeContractorplus which includes a self-certification questionnaire that allows contractors to demonstrate their environmental management abilities to clients. For further information click the image above or click this link.

Post date: 02 Oct 2015

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