ISO 14001:2004 is an internationally recognized environmental management system standard set by the International Standards Organization, regarding what an organization does to minimize harmful effects on the environment caused by its activities and achieving continual improvement of its environmental performance. ISO 14001:2004 outlines several key requirements in its environmental management system. The five major elements are:
- Environmental Policy
- Implementation and Operations
- Checking and Corrective Action
- Management Review
ISO 14001:2004 provides guidance on how to manage the environmental aspects of business activities more effectively, while taking into consideration environmental protection, pollution prevention and socio-economic needs.
Proof of commitment
The ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management Systems (EMS) certification enables a company to demonstrate its commitment to the environment, as well as continuously improve its corporate image and integrate the realities of a changing world. Customers, consumers and shareholders are increasingly demanding environmentally responsible products like Evos® and Weevos®. They expect companies to comply with environmental standards and demonstrate their commitment to the environment in all day-to-day operations. Clients increasingly want proof of this commitment, and ISO 14001:2004 is an opportunity for companies to leverage their sincere environmental beliefs.
The benefits of ISO 14001:2004
The international recognition of the Environmental Management Systems standard, ISO 14001:2004, is a real boost to any company’s reputation. What’s more, it assists companies to ensure compliance with environmental legislation and reduces the risk of penalties and possible litigation. Demonstrating a real commitment to the environment can transform a corporate culture externally by opening up new business opportunities with environmentally aware customers or clients, while internally it can improve employee ethics and the workplace. Compliance with ISO 14001:2004 can also provide companies with a better use of energy and resources, and reduce costs over time.
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