The revised version of ISO 14001, the first international environmental management system standard, was published late last year (2015). As it is quite new, it has left many professionals wondering about the benefits of the changes.
ISO 14001: 2015 was written under the new high-level structure “HLS – High Level Structure,” and will be easier to integrate with other management systems, helping organizations to be more efficient and save time.
The new standard continues to help organizations stay up to date with changes in environmental management, but it also helps to reduce waste, save energy, and protect company reputations with investors, customers and the general public.
Some benefits of the new revision of the standard are:
Quality and Continuous Improvement for Your Business
The revised standard will ensure that Environmental Management is fully integrated and aligned with your company’s business strategies.
Greater involvement of management team leaders will ensure that the entire organization is motivated to achieve the goals and objectives of the company.
Introduction of Risk Management and Opportunities
Strengthen the use of Management Systems as a governance tool and help identify business opportunities that contribute to improvements.
An Integrated Approach
With the new framework, applicable to all new ISO management systems, it will be much simpler to implement integrated management systems.