ISO 14001 Certification

What is ISO 14001?

 

ISO 14001 is an Environmental Management System (EMS) standard. More a set of tools than a set of regulations, the ISO 14001 standard allows companies to manage their environmental responsibilities within the plan-do-check-act approach that is familiar to ISO compliance.

ISO 14001:2015 is the most recent revision to the standard. This standard exists to minimize your company’s negative environmental impact while increasing positive impact.  It sets the framework and criteria for an effective EMS, and it can be used by companies of any size in any industry. An ISO 14001 certification shows your customers that you care about your impact on the world around you. Download our free guide to learn more:

Why Is ISO 14001 Important?

ISO 14001 delivers a blueprint for creating and overseeing your environmental management system, setting a foundation of essential principles.

ISO 14001 improves brand perception, encourages ecological awareness and reduces costs and waste. As an internationally recognized standard, ISO 14001 can bring these benefits to any business in any place.

In some industries, ISO 14001 is a qualification requirement for certain RFPs and other business opportunities. But in any business, ISO 14001 can help balance economic and environmental concerns to show customers you care.

Consulting Support for ISO 14001

 

Core makes ISO 14001 as simple and effective as possible. Whether onsite or online, our consultants handle the complicated parts of ISO 14001 so that you can focus on your business. We’ll help you understand how it all applies to your specific organization. Implemented properly, ISO 14001 gives you a continual return on investment—not just for you, but for the environment around you.

Some companies do not require official certification but merely compliance with the requirements. We can help you achieve ISO 14001 whether you’re pursuing certification or compliance.

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ISO 14001 Five Key Focus Areas

ISO 14001 can help any company in any industry protect the environment, prevent pollution, and improve environmental performance. There are five key focus areas in the ISO 14001:2015 standard:

Environmental Performance

Organizations Reputation and Stakeholder Relationships

Environmental Management

Organizational Efficiency

Environmental Awareness

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Environmental Performance

Organizations Reputation and Stakeholder Relationships

Environmental Management

Organizational Efficiency

Environmental Awareness

In some industries, ISO 14001 is a qualification requirement for certain RFPs and other business opportunities. But in any business, ISO 14001 can help balance economic and environmental concerns to show customers you care.

What is an Environmental Management System?

You don’t need to sacrifice business growth to help the environment. A good EMS helps you reduce negative environment impact while still meeting your business goals. Every company is unique, with its own processes and practices. ISO 14001 takes that into account, helping you build an EMS that fits your business.

Your EMS lays out processes and objectives to drive your business toward continual improvement. If you follow it consistently, you’ll see that improvement.

With ISO 14001, you have an internationally-recognized model for building an EMS with proven results.

Why Should You Implement ISO 14001?

An ISO 14001 EMS can bring many advantages to your organization, including:

 

  • Improved credibility: Demonstrate your commitment to greener practices and boost your reputation among business leaders and consumers alike.
  • Controlled costs: Reduce expenses by managing energy and material resources for a healthier bottom line.
  • Driven improvement: Evaluate results regularly and identify areas of improvement on an ongoing basis for lasting impact

How Can You Become ISO 14001 Certified?

ISO 14001 certification starts with understanding the requirements and applying them to your business. You’ll assess every environment-related aspect of your company, determining your  impact and assessing your practices.  This gap analysis will help you form your improvement strategy.

After that, you will develop an improvement plan. This requires commitment from top leadership and communication to your employees. This initiative must flow from the top down, with leaders encouraging employees to participate and engage.

As you act upon your plan, you’ll see positive environmental impact.

Related Standards

While many companies pursue ISO 14001 as a stand-alone certification, some companies will combine ISO 14001 and ISO 9001 into an Integrated Management System. We offer both and can help you implement multiple standards into a single system.

ISO 9001

Quality Management Systems

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Electronics Recycling Management System

ISO 45001

OH&S Management Systems

ISO 9001

R2

ISO 45001

For more information on the ISO 14001:2015 standard, please visit our articles page.

For more information about ISO certification for the ISO 14001 standard, please call our consulting office at 866-354-0300 or contact us online.

How Core Can Help

ISO 14001 might seem challenging, especially to small businesses where employees wear many hats. Core Business Solutions specializes in helping small and micro businesses achieve certification. We’re a business with a story like yours, and we’ve been helping American small businesses for over 20 years. Our unique consulting approach gives you a competitive edge through four simple steps:

  • Plan: Your dedicated CORE consultant will help you identify processes and define the scope of your project.
  • Implement: An industry-expert consultant will guide you as you put your strategy into action.
  • Review: We’ll walk you through the internal audit process to prepare for your official certification audit. We’ll also help you identify and resolve any issues discovered.
  • Certify: Your CORE specialist will help you secure a registrar and pave the way for certification success.

We also offer training for employees and executives, as well as ongoing compliance management tools to help you stay certified.

For more information about ISO certification for the ISO 14001 standard, please call our consulting office at 866-354-0300 or contact us online.

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