In today’s environmentally-conscious society, companies need to make an effort to become more environmentally friendly. ISO 14001 – Environmental Management sets out the criteria for environmental management systems. It assists by mapping out a framework for companies to follow in order to set up an effective environmental management system. These standards are designed to fit any organisation, and therefore reassure company’s that their environmental impact is being measured and improved.
There are many benefits of becoming ISO 14001 certified. Here are just a handful of those benefits:
Reduces environmental impact
ISO 14001 serves as a reminder that it is everyone’s responsibility to protect our environment. These standards, therefore, ensure companies reduce their energy use, material use, pollution emitted, and their amount of waste. Thus the impact of the company on the environment is reduced.
Improves customer satisfaction
Over the past decade, society has become more aware and, therefore, more concerned with the state of the environment. Resultantly, there has been massive pushes from consumers pressuring companies to become more environmentally conscious. Implementing environmental management systems can lead to an improved public perception of the company as well as give them a competitive advantage. Thus, by adhering to the ISO 14001 requirements company’s can attract more consumers.
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Reduces energy and material costs
By complying with environmental management system standards, businesses are encouraged to find renewable energy sources and materials as well as commit to reducing in-house waste. With these changes, companies will see a reduction in energy costs, material costs, and waste management costs. These standard’s requirements also help to make production processes more efficient and cost-effective.
Ensures compliance with legislation
The ISO 14001 requirements, much like other ISO requirements, are aligned with legislation as regulations of countries around the globe. Therefore, by adhering to these requirements, businesses will reduce their potential to pay liability fees. Companies that operate in different countries, therefore, do not have to get multiple certifications as they can leverage their ISO 14001 conformance.
Improves company image
In the eyes of the customer, being green as a business is no longer an option; it is a requirement. Therefore, if a business is not meeting this expectation in some way, customers will likely avoid the company and go straight to the competition.
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