What is ISO
By getting your business audited externally, by a third party, and getting your organization an ISO Certification in India, you are proving the company’s commitment to increasing the credibility and customer confidence in the brand/service or product. And additionally, making a business statement to your employees, senior management and associates that you wish to operate to a set framework in order to achieve the company’s goals. ISO 14001 is the standard specifying the model of an Environmental Management System, under ISO.
What is ISO 14001 series
ISO 14001 is the international standard that specifies requirements for an effective Environmental Management System (EMS).
It is a voluntary standard that the concerns can integrate with other management systems that are more in demand, such as ISO 9001, ISO 18001, ISO 20000-1, ISO 22000, ISO 27001, ISO 31000, ISO 50001, ISO/TS16949:2009, etc.
EMS is that part of the management system that manages environmental sides, fulfill compliance duties, and address deviations & risks.
It contains only those requirements that can be objectively audited and addresses the fundamental aspects of a company’s operations.
An EMS is a systematic model to administer the immediate and future environmental impacts of the products, services, and processes of an organization.
By getting ISO Certification under its 14001 series, for EMS of your organization, all the associates concerned would know that your business concern meets international standards of environment, as per the industry.
Key elements to consider before Implementing an EMS
Once you have decided that your business should be sustainable ecologically, in the long run, and you would apply ISO 14001 to your business. Examining the below points, step-wise, is recommended:
|Environmental policy||First and foremost comes the purpose of pursuing a planned structure for EMS. And then outlining the significance of performing well on this front.|
|Planning||An in-depth analysis of the impact of following this EMS on the operations of the business.|
|Applying and Operating||The actual operations of processes to accomplish environmental goals|
|Scrutinizing||actual effects of the implementation and whether they are able to achieve the goals.|
|Implementing Rectification||in case the objectives are not being met, what corrective actions need to be taken|
|Managerial Review||The concerned department assesses the performance, suitability, of the EMS by the organization’s top management to ensure its continuing suitability, its strengths, and weaknesses.|
|Constant improvement||An EMS can effectively control the environmental impact only if it is regularly updated.|
Why ISO 14001 certification makes sense for your business
Whether your business concern is small or large, whether you are looking to take your business global or local, whether you are planning to compete for tenders (national or international) or not, whether it is or is not a pre-requisite with your current or potential customers, implementing an environmental management system would make for a wise decision.
Likewise, when you are gunning for an increase in the market share, and are filing for ISO 9001, OHSAS 18001, ISO 20000, ISO 27001 etc. It would be judicious and futuristic to take ISO Certification for 14001 as well.
Benefits of Implementation of an EMS certified under ISO 14001
With proper implementation of an EMS, the processes are implemented in such a way to reduce any kind of wastage. Enhance productive use of all inputs, including raw materials, energy, and labor. Moreover, pollution is reduced, which in turn means improved productivity and more efficient use of resources.
So, even if your customer, at this point in time, doesn’t make this a condition. It would be wise on your part, if you tell them you are certified under this module, as well. Along with other, more in demand, ISO certificates, that your customers may already be demanding. Not to mention, ISO 14001 shares processes that are similar to other ISO statutes, so need lesser implementation efforts.
Financial Benefits derived from an effective EMS under ISO 14001:
Direct benefits include
|– Safer workplace conditions imply a reduction in unwanted incidents, that, in turn, implies a reduction in Liability Costs|
|– More cost-effective and efficient processing, substitution, recycling and disposal of by-products and waste|
|– Minimizes hazardous and non-hazardous waste|
|– Lower energy consumption|
|– A cut in material & its storage costs with optimum processing|
|– Reduced emissions|
|– Competitive marketing tools to demonstrate to customers that the company is committed to “Green” standards|
|– Profits from marketing “green” products|
|– Process cost savings by reduction of material, transport, storage & other processes|
|– Safer & Improved products, as a result of process improvements|
|– A cut in the costs of electricity, gas, space, and water- with emphasis on conservation of natural resources|
|– With an improvement in environmental controls, the company would be able to obtain insurance at more reasonable rates|
|– Lesser customer returns and audits|
|– Reduced environmental liability|
|– Lesser enforcement fines|
|– Consistent & better tracking and review methods mean better operative cost control, a company can stay in control of its processes and procedure|
|– Facilitate permits and authorizations|
|– Potential to reduce taxes|
|– Actively reduces environmental risks and prevents incidents to both employees and the local environment|
|– Efficiency, discipline and operational integration with other ISO Modules|
|– Easier to obtain operating permits and authorizations|
|– One International Standard to conform to, instead of costs of conforming to various National standards|
|– Improved access to capital|
Intangible benefits of ISO 14001 certification include:
|– Proof of social responsibility|
|– Help reduce pollution and wastage|
|– Employee Motivation with less hazardous operations|
|– Improved employee morale of your environmentally conscious employees. By engaging your employees in a group effort to reduce carbon footprint, they get more focused and involved, increasing productivity|
|– Increase environmental awareness amongst the entire workforce|
|– Best practice management controls the green-house effect of your business activities|
|– Improve industry-government relations|
|– Possible marketing advantage with the recognition that comes with being among those businesses that care enough to reduce their environmental footprint|
|– Conformity to international standards|
|– Enhance your company image and improve your green credentials within the community such as regulators, associates, and the local community|
|– Attracts customers who are actively interested in the environmental performance of the company, they are buying from|
|– By showing care and concern for the environment around it you demonstrate that your company is a pro-active and aware organization that is serious about its social responsibility|
|– Meets potential national and international government purchasing requirements|
|– Improves Global competitiveness|
|– Satisfying investor/shareholder criteria|
|– Getting accurate data from the management system, you are able to make more informed decisions and bring improvement|
Even if you have implemented ISO 14001 for your concern, but without proper ISO Certification, you will still lose out on the profits. We, at Finbucket, can help you in getting ISO Certification in Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai & all other Indian cities. You can also e-mail us at email@example.com.
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