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The business case for ISO14001:2015

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As the leading environmental management system, ISO14001 has proven its benefits for businesses of a variety of sizes. Now, with the release of the new 2015 standard (the first update in seven years), the competitive, legal and efficiency landscape is such that achieving certification is even more important.



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As business leaders weigh up if and when to transition to ISO14001:2015, here are the top three benefits of this EMS:

Your clients (increasingly) demand it

As more companies report on environmental issues to shareholders, to employees and in annual reports, they will increasingly require companies they work with to demonstrate the robustness of their environmental programs. In particular, companies who themselves are aiming for ISO14001:2015 certification will look to their supply chain to meet the requirements of the new system. For example, if you want to be on the Rolls Royce supply chain, you need to demonstrate your compliance with this system.

So if you (or your company’s top leadership) are still mulling the value of ISO14001:2015, here are a few questions to ask:

  • Are my customers thinking about their environmental performance?

  • Would I like to possibly be ‘bumped up’ the contractor approval score system through demonstrating the rigour of our company’s environmental and waste management systems?

  • How can I demonstrate to customers that we understand 14001 and can help them achieve their certification through our compliance?


You can manage legal risks

Can ISO14001:2015 certification eliminate all environmental risks? No. But it can help minimise risks and even reduce fines should an accident occur.

Environmental legislation is weird, wonderful and complex. One of the great aspects of going through the ISO14001:2015 process is that risks can be identified and processes put in place to avoid and mitigate accidents.

Judges handing out fines for environmental accidents look at the quality of risk management systems in place to determine the level of culpability. Companies with ISO14001:2015 will be able to show that they have documented and verified processes to identify and minimise risks.


You can find efficiencies

Unlike retrofitting all your light fixtures with energy efficient bulbs, calculating the exact payback of ISO14001:2015 is challenging. This is because 14001 can help identify opportunities to reduce waste (thereby reducing costs and improving efficiency), but ultimately cost reductions are determined by how well the system is integrated into the day-to-day processes of the company through effective manager training.

Companies just aiming for simple compliance will likely not experience the same benefits as a company who actively integrates ISO 14001 2015 into their business practices.


Are you ready to start your ISO14001:2015 journey? Start with training your internal auditors. EEF has a series of training courses at locations across the UK. They’re filling up, so sign up today. 


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