Achieve ISO 14001 Certification with our support
Improve environmental performance by achieving ISO 14001 certification. Using ISO 14001:2015 can provide assurance to company management and employees as well as external stakeholders that environmental impact is being measured and improved.
Proven Process to Achieve ISO 14001 Certification
DTC Consulting Ltd can support you through the ISO 14001 certification process. We use a proven process for ISO certification project planning and management. With our knowledge, we can save you months of time and effort following our proven methodical plan for working towards certification of your Health & Safety Management System.
In this first stage, I will work closely with your team to define your organisation’s needs and identify any potential weaknesses and areas for improvement in your current system (if applicable).
This stage will detail all activities, highlight responsible parties and plan key timelines needed for the implementation of an ISO management system.
Book Stage 1 Audit – This will provide your team with a target date for ISO certification. DTC Consulting Ltd can assist you when selecting an appropriate Certification Body which takes into account your needs and budget.
I will work to develop a Bespoke Management System based on:
- Objectives, scope and resources – What does your organisation hope to gain from certification, the proposed timeline for the project and what are the available resources.
- Systems, policies, procedures and processes – I will consider the current system and how compares to the standard. From here I will develop supporting documentation needed for the project.
- Teamwork – Identifying key staff and responsibilities to help you make changes.
- Maintain customer and supplier feedback – This is a great way to get input to shape your thinking and create an action plan for continual improvement in your organisation.
- Employee motivation – Regular communication and updates helps keep your staff involved and informed at all times throughout the ISO certification process.
- Staff training – This will be both awareness and potentially internal audit training for your staff. DTC Consulting can offer this service and provide support the internal audit programme.
This will be conducted by your chosen Certification Body- DTC Consulting will be able to support your team while the audit is being conducted. After the audit, a report will be issued, and I will work with you to plan the Stage 2 Audit at this point.
I will review the findings of the Stage 1 Audit and work with your team to implement the findings as required or appropriate.
This final stage will be conducted by the same Certification Body as Stage 1 – DTC Consulting will support your team while the audit is being conducted. After the Stage 2 Audit, the report will be issued and your certification received.
What an environmental management system?
ISO 14001 is an internationally agreed standard that sets out the requirements, details criteria and provides a framework a business can follow to set up an effective environmental management system.
An environmental management system (ems) helps organisations identify, manage, monitor and control their environmental issues in a holistic manner.
Like other ISO management systems, it uses a High-Level Structure. This means it can be integrated easily into any existing ISO management system.
It also includes the need for continual improvement of an organisation’s systems and approach to environmental concerns.
Is ISO 14001 applicable to my organisation?
ISO 14001 is suitable for organisations of all types and sizes, be they private, not-for-profit or governmental.
It requires that an organisation considers all environmental issues relevant to its operations, such as air pollution, water and sewage issues, waste management, soil contamination, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and resource use and efficiency.
Implementing ISO 14001 policies will enable you to demonstrate to customers and stakeholders that your business is committed to reducing its environmental impact.
What are the benefits for my business?
The benefits of showing conformance to the ISO 14001 standard are numerous:
- Cost savings in waste, recycling and consumption.
- Advantage over competitors when tendering for business. Management of environmental risks.
- What’s more, for some organisations, it helps to show how they meet regulatory or contractual requirements.
- A way of signalling to your buyers, customers, suppliers and other stakeholders that you have implemented the standard providing a competitive edge
- Demonstrate compliance with current and future statutory and regulatory requirements
- Increase leadership involvement and engagement of employees
- Improve company reputation and the confidence of stakeholders through strategic communication
- Achieve strategic business aims by incorporating environmental issues into business management
- Provide a competitive and financial advantage through improved efficiencies and reduced costs
- Encourage better environmental performance of suppliers by integrating them into the organisation’s business systems
How ISO14001 differs from other OH&S standards
Developed under the ISO system, with the input of experts from more than 70 countries, it provides an international framework that considers the interaction between an organisation and its business environment.
ISO 14001 integration to existing management systems
ISO 14001 shares a high-level structure (HLS), identical core text and terms and definitions with other recently revised ISO management system standards such as ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 45001:2015. This framework is designed to facilitate the integration of new management topics into an organisation’s established management systems. In addition, ISO 14001 was designed to follow ISO 45001 fairly closely, as it is recognised that many organisations combine their OH&S and environmental management functions internally. This will simplify the integration of ISO 14001, particularly for those who are familiar with ISO 45001.
Tips to get started
If you are considering implementing ISO 14001, here are a few tips to get you started:
- Define your objectives. What do you want to achieve with this standard?
- Get buy-in from senior management. It is essential that the leaders of your organization support the objectives of an effective environmental management system and are committed to the process.
- Get a good overview of existing processes and systems relevant to your environmental impact. This will allow you to more easily identify gaps.