ISO 14000 is a series of international standards that deal with various environmental topics. The first of this series, ISO 14001, specifies the requirements for an Environmental Management System (EMS) which is the part of an organization’s overall management system used to manage its environmental responsibilities. An ISO 14001 consultant provides organizations with a systematic methodology to understand strategic implications of environmental management, address adverse effects on the environment or the organization, satisfy compliance obligations, and leverage opportunities for improvement.
Environmental issues are at the forefront of corporate priorities today. Environmental regulations are getting stricter, and so is the law enforcement. Customers and shareholders have increased focus on an organization’s environmental aspects such as emissions, waste-handling, natural resource utilization, and energy-efficiency, including its initiatives toward sustainable development. These issues present risks and opportunities to both the local/regional environmental conditions and to the organization achieving its objectives.
Having an EMS is important for aligning environmental priorities with business priorities, ensuring that processes for preventing and mitigating environmental impacts are effectively implemented throughout the organization, and driving continual improvement. Environmentally credible companies have a competitive edge in national and international markets. A certified Environmental Management System demonstrates that your business is taking active steps to fulfill your environmental responsibilities.
Getting key processes and challenges under control requires that you are able to identify strengths, weaknesses, and improvement opportunities. QSG will assess how well your Environmental Management System supports the areas of greatest risk to you, in addition to measuring compliance against elected standards.