ISO 14001 is the second most popular standard in the UK and across the globe.
Its focus is on minimising the adverse impact of a business on the environment whilst maximising any positive effects wherever possible.
Achieving and maintaining ISO 14001 demonstrates that you are aware of, and monitor, the effects of your own activities on the environment and are actively seeking to reduce any negative impacts.
In practice, you’ll need to create two registers:
- A legal register detailing the environmental legislation that affects your organisation. This is necessary for you to show that you know what legislation to follow and what you need to do to comply.
- A second register relating to the environmental impact of your own activities and how you are addressing any negative impacts. It’s important to note that the scope of this includes global issues such as climate change and the hole in the ozone layer.
These two registers form the basis of your environmental strategy and feed into your management review process.
When ISO 14001 is implemented as it should be, these registers help define how your organisation shapes policies and objectives now and in the future.
As every business will have an impact on the environment, ISO 14001 can be applied across all organisations regardless of size and market sector.