What Is ISO?
ISO (International Organisation for Standardization) is an independent, non-governmental organisation representing the National Standard Institutes of over 150 countries. They develop and publish international standards in response to the needs of the international market and global expert opinions.
ISO ensures products and services are of a high quality and showcases the credibility of businesses to consumers. Therefore, some business contracts and insurance agreements may also require evidence of certification.
Environmental Management & Sustainability
One key area that is gaining more and more attention is environmental management and sustainability. As the ramifications of industrialization and the technological revolution are realised, companies and individuals around the world are looking for cleaner and more sustainable ways of doing things.
Getting ISO certified to showcase sustainability and environmental awareness can make your business more attractive. From a consumer perspective, a business that has an effective environmental management system may be a more attractive choice than a business that does not.
ISO 14001: Environmental Management Systems
ISO 14001 sets out the requirements for an environmental management system. Having an effective environmental management system in place can allow businesses to identify, monitor, control and manage the environmental issues relevant to their operation.
The key benefits of compliance with the requirements of ISO 14001 are:
- Ensured compliance with current and future statutory requirements;
- Enhanced business and brand reputation; and,
- Improved efficiencies, reduced costs and improved performance through effective use of resources and optimised waste reduction.
Not only does implementing an effective environmental management system benefit your business, it also contributes to a much needed shift in the way that business operations impact our planet.
ISO 14007: Environmental Management – Guidelines For Determining Environmental Costs & Benefits
ISO 14007 provides guidelines for an organisation to calculate and communicate the costs and benefits associated with their environmental management. It tells a business how to perform a cost-benefit analysis of their environmental options and truly highlights the value of sustainability.
ISO 14008: Monetary Valuation Of Environmental Impacts And Related Environmental Aspects
ISO 14008 complements ISO 14001 and ISO 14007. It outlines methods for valuing an organisation’s environmental aspects and impacts, highlighting the essential information that feeds into the cost-benefit analysis of the organisation’s different environmental options.
Environmental Management In Business
Environmental management is being aware of the impact that your business has on the environment. Examples of effective environmental management in business are things like:
- Reducing your energy consumption and emissions;
- Using water more efficiently; and,
- Managing waste better/waste reduction.
As well as having a positive impact on the environment, environmental management practices will have a positive impact on the overall operation of a business.
Some of the key benefits associated with making your business more sustainable are:
- Saving Money: by reducing spend on raw materials, energy, water and waste management, as well as reusing and recycling;
- Improved Reputation: a business that cares about their impact on the environment is likely to be more attractive to consumers;
- Health and Safety: workplace health and safety can be improved by reducing the use of industrial chemicals and by minimising waste; and,
- Compliance: evidence and showcase that your business meets environmental protection regulations.
Optimise Your Environmental Management Systems
QSM Group’s experienced consultants are qualified and ready to assist your business in achieving ISO compliance and certification. Contact us today to see how we can help your business optimise its environmental management and sustainability.