What is ISO 14001 and How Can it Help My Business?

ISO 14001: Environmental Management Systems

ISO stands for the International Organisation for Standardisation, and they are a non-governmental, independent body that publishes the standards. ISO certification exists to ensure good health and safety, eco-friendly practices, and more. Standards give customers and other stakeholders confidence as in order to obtain certification, organisations are audited by a third-party external assessor.

ISO 14001 is the internationally recognised standard for Environmental Management and specifies requirements for an Environmental Management System. It is used by businesses globally to improve their environmental performance and demonstrate their commitment to the environment. The standard can apply to any business, regardless of its size, sector, or activities.

What Are the Benefits?

There are many benefits of being certified to ISO 14001. Some of the main ones include:

  • Legal compliance with environmental legislation and regulations
  • Win new business and retain existing customers
  • Reduce waste and improve your environmental performance
  • Qualify for tenders and contracts
  • Gain a competitive advantage
  • Reduced costs of running your business

ISO 14001 Case Study

Candy Management Consultants assisted Total Clean with their ISO 14001 Management System. Total Clean is a family-run cleaning business in Manchester with a deeply held commitment to delivering excellent client satisfaction.

One of our expert consultants reviewed their existing ISO 14001 management system and worked with Total Clean to offer improvement opportunities prior to their external assessment.  

Having a bespoke ISO 14001 management system not only benefits Total Clean by helping operations run smoothly, but it also enables them to tender for large contracts.

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Whilst ISO 14001 is applicable to any industry, there are some industries that are more certified than others. Some of the top industries certified to ISO 14001 are:

  • Chemicals, chemical products, and fibres
  • Rubber and plastic products
  • Basic metal and fabricated metal products
  • Machinery and equipment
  • Electrical and optical equipment
  • Construction
  • Information technology
  • Engineering services

Become ISO certified

If you want to reduce waste in your company and become more eco-friendly, then ISO 14001 is a must.

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