Nowadays, every organisation, and every individual, needs to be taking responsibility for their impact on the environment. Because the truth is, whether you're running a mine or music shop, your business is having an effect, and leaving its mark.
The more effective solution is to implement an ISO 14001 Environmental Management System - and by that, I mean effective not only for the environment, but also for the organisation. It is proven that an ISO 14001 Environmental Management System will reduce your carbon footprint, reduce your waste, reduce resource use, minimise the risk of pollution and reduce costs.
Not only that, but with Environmental Management System certification in place, your organisation will also enjoy a better reputation, happier customers and staff, and increased business.
The reason is this: customers want to see organisations taking responsibility and they will reward you. Many consumers say they would pay more for a product produced in an ethical and environmentally responsible way.
ISO 14001 - revised in 2015 - is a globally recognised environmental management standard, based on the Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle, that requires organisations to identify their impact on the environment, and put in place procedures to minimise that impact.
Integrated Management System
ISO 14001 works perfectly well as a standalone Standard, or can be part of an Integrated Management System, perhaps with workplace safety management.
There are many benefits to achieving environmental management system certification, such as reduced waste and use of raw materials, reduced costs, reduced liability, improved environmental performance, improved reputation, increased customer numbers and profit, and more.
The ideal environmental management system - or EMS - is one that has been tailor-made to reflect the systems you already have in place, your products, and your goals. Whatever anyone tells you, there is no one-size-fits-all approach!
For anyone looking to go down this path, I would suggest talking to Queensland's leading EMS experts, Standard Consulting in Brisbane.