What is ISO 14001?
Taking care of the environment and preventing your organisation from causing a negative impact on the environment are two of the biggest challenges businesses face today. ISO14001 is the international standard for environmental management systems (EMS) and the most widely used environmental management system in the world, with over 12,000 certificates held in the UK and Ireland and over 340,000 certificates held globally. ISO 14001 is the principal management system standard that specifies the requirements for the formulation and maintenance of an environmental management system. This helps to control your environmental aspects, reduce impacts, and ensure legal compliance.
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Why should it be considered?
ISO14001 helps organisations to become more eco-friendly and puts in place a system of continual improvement. One of the most noticeable needs for implementing ISO 14001 which we have seen from our clients is the fact that it is becoming a prerequisite in tender selection criteria. Some contracts will require your organisation to demonstrate an adherence to environmental standards and with ISO14001 this can often pre-qualify you for this part of the tender process.
ISO14001 certification also ensures that a business meets public expectations when it comes to the environment and can act as assurance to both actual and potential customers and stakeholders that it takes environmental issues seriously. The Global Sustainability Study 2021 has shown that one third of consumers are willing to pay more for sustainable products and services. (https://sustainabilitymag.com/diversity-and-inclusion-dandi/simon-kucher-and-partners-study-shows-green-light-change).
This provides a real and tangible incentive for any company to improve their image and marketability by implementing an environmental management system. As doing so provides a globally recognised method of demonstrating to your actual and potential customers that your company is committed to reducing its environmental impact and will satisfy ESG requirements, specifically the Environmental part of the criteria.
What impact will it have?
Gives a competitive advantage
With the number of businesses achieving ISO 14001 certification rising by around 10% year on year, there is a real chance that the competition already has certification in place.
Reduces waste and costs
ISO14001 aims to reduce the amount of waste that your organisation may be producing, whether this is the unnecessary running of machinery or excess raw materials being wasted. Naturally, this increase in efficiency will also lead to cost reductions.
One of the most significant benefits of the standard is the benefit of process standardisation. This will mean an analysis of the business and identification of the best and most efficient way of doing things. These standardised processes will then be implemented the processes and their application monitored therefore reducing the likelihood of costly errors and wastage.
How can Quadra help?
With over three decades of experience, Quadra have developed a tried and tested approach to implementing ISO systems, which has been applied with a wide range of clients in many countries.
When implementing ISO 14001, the process is simple.
Gap Analysis: Quadra will measure your organisations current systems and controls against the ISO 14001 requirements.
Action Plan: Planning will then take place for the key steps and milestones in the ISO 14001 implementation and certification process.
Implementation Support: Quadra will provide your organisation with support to help build evidence of compliance with ISO 14001.
Preparation for External Audit: We can also assist with preparation for external audit by conducting internal audits and management reviews. As well as attending the certification audit.
We Can Help to Add Value to Your Organisation
Our simple no-nonsense approach is focused on delivering value and adding benefit.
Highly Experienced Consultants
Our consultants are both highly skilled and experienced in their field.
Proven Track Record
Quadra has a proven track developed over 30 years in both national and international markets.
Making ISO Work For You
Our approach ensures that you don't have to reinvent your organisation.
Our clients are our most important assets and our aim is to become your trusted partner of choice.
We have developed a strong reputation in all industry sectors and with a varied client base. From small, local, indigenous companies to large multinationals.
Big Enough to Cope, Small Enough to Care
Our aim is to provide our clients with a solution which addresses their need. Our aim will always be to deliver a solution that works.
We have over 30 years’ experience assisting businesses in the provisions of ISO Standards, Compliance and Training.
Ensuring our customers are satisfied is our number one commitment.
With over 3000 projects completed to date on a local, national and international basis we have developed an approach which is focused on delivering a solution which will add value.
Need ISO Training?
Quadra can offer both awareness and internal auditor training for the ISO 14001 standard. This training is available through public training events, in-house training and online training throughout Northern Ireland and Ireland. For more information on in-house training, contact us.
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With over 30 years’ experience and having assisted over 3000 organisations to achieve ISO certification, there is no provider better placed to assist your organisation on its journey to implement ISO 14001.
Our tried and tested approach will enable your organisation to achieve certification to the environmental management standard in a realistic timescale with minimal disruption and cost while adding maximum value.
If you feel implementing an environmental management system to your organisation will bring benefit to your business, contact us.