What Are Environmental Management Systems?

ISO 14001 is a business system that is focused on delivering environmental change and preservation. All business’ have at least a small impact on the environment. Electricity is needed to power lighting and tools/machines needed to carry out the nature of your work, heating is required to keep employees warm and healthy in colder months, petrol is needed to fuel fleets of lorries and vans, it already sounds very costly on the environment… But what if we told you that an environmental management system would not only help you preserve the environment, but would gain your business a professional piece of certification?

The benefits are seemingly endless from an environment stand-point, as the company will be demonstrated on how to handle things like waste and fuel as well as mitigating other environment consuming activities.

Can ISO 14001 enhance my organisation’s representation?

The answer… Absolutely! Your organisation’s reputation will be positively affected if you are ISO 14001 certified. Other environmentally conscious companies may start to do business with you as your business now lines up nicely with their ethics, beliefs and politics. Above all else, ISO 14001 will enhance financial and operational benefits that can result from implementing environmentally sound alternatives that strengthen the organisations market position.

Will there be an audit?

Yes, but not to fear. An audit is just a scary word for an inspection of your management system and how it functions within your organisation and if there are any benefits to the way the operation is carried out. Auditors aren’t just there to pass or fail you on a certification, they are also there to help by leaving feedback on what can be improved, so even if you don’t successfully attain the certificates first time round, then you can always carry out the suggested improvements and retry. If you are based in Birmingham or Staffordshire and are looking to improve your environmental consciousness, then you can go to one of the regionalised pages to learn more: