ISO 14001 is the second most popular standard in the UK and across the globe.
Few issues have come to the fore quite as much as environmental protection in recent years. UK consumers have a new-found interest in businesses’ green credentials thanks in no small part to the “war on plastic” spearheaded by Sir David Attenborough.
According to PwC, almost two-thirds of people they surveyed cited sustainability issues as the most pressing problem facing the world.
Additionally, 80% of respondents admitted to being worried about climate change. No matter what industry your organisation operates in, this widespread concern is resulting in greater scrutiny of industrial environmental standards.
Make an impact while reducing yours
ISO 14001 (occasionally referred to as ISO14001), covering environmental management and monitoring, is the second-most popular standard across the globe after ISO 9001 (quality management system). It’s available to any size of organisation. It’s all about reducing impact on the world around us while maximising the positive effects of your own operations.
ISO 14001 helps businesses across all sectors make their day-to-day activities more sustainable. This covers procurement, storage, distribution, product development and production, manufacturing, marketing and more.
In turn, proven environmental credentials breed many positives, including increased brand advocacy, reputation, employee engagement and, ultimately, sales. According to the British Standards Institute, achieving ISO 14001 certification has led to 60% of companies measuring increased trust from their customer base.
Watch your business turn over a new leaf
So, if you want to prove you’re serious about reducing your impacts on the environment, while protecting the world for future generations, speak to a Qualitator about ISO 14001.
We can help you develop the dual registers that you will need to gain this ISO certification:
- The first is a legal register detailing the environmental legislation that specifically affects your business – demonstrating you are aware of what you must do to comply – and linking to how your procedures ensure this is carried out.
- The second notes the potential environmental impacts of your activities and how you are addressing these through adaptations in your operating procedures – including the aforementioned climate change.
Both registers shape and show your organisation’s policies and objectives in relation to sustainable practices, now and in the future. They can be your North Star in determining how much you need to adapt and improve. ISO 14001 is therefore crucial to garner continued trust from your stakeholders, and a huge contributor to business growth.