What is ISO 14001?

ISO 14001 is a globally recognised standard that sets the framework for environmental management systems (EMS). Designed to assist organisations in addressing and managing their environmental responsibilities, ISO 14001 provides a systematic approach to identifying, monitoring, and reducing the environmental impact of their operations.

This standard empowers businesses to establish effective environmental policies, set objectives, and implement strategies for sustainable practices. By adopting ISO 14001, organisations not only demonstrate their commitment to environmental stewardship but also enhance operational efficiency, reduce resource waste, and comply with relevant environmental regulations.

ISO 14001 serves as a valuable tool for organisations aspiring to integrate environmental sustainability into their core business processes, fostering a culture of responsible environmental management. It usually takes 6-8 months from start to finish to be certified to ISO 14001.

How can ISO 14001 benefit your organisation?

Implementing ISO 14001 can bring substantial benefits to an organisation, shaping it into a more environmentally responsible and sustainable entity. This globally recognised standard for environmental management systems enables businesses to systematically identify, manage, and improve their environmental performance. By adhering to ISO 14001, organisations can enhance their environmental credentials, reduce their ecological footprint, and comply with environmental regulations.

This commitment to sustainable practices not only aligns with global environmental concerns but also resonates positively with customers, stakeholders, and regulatory bodies. ISO 14001 certification signifies a proactive approach to environmental responsibility, driving operational efficiencies, minimising waste, and ultimately lowering costs.

Beyond regulatory compliance, adopting ISO 14001 can open new business opportunities, as an increasing number of customers and partners prioritise working with environmentally conscious organisations. In essence, ISO 14001 is a powerful tool for organisations looking to integrate environmental sustainability into their core values, fostering both environmental and business success.

Enhanced Environmental Performance
Long Term Sustainability
Legal Compliance
Reduced Risk
Enhanced Reputation
Increased Employee Engagement
Increased Profitability
Reduced Insurance Premiums
International Recognition
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Why work us for your ISO 14001 Implementation?

  • Osprey Solent has a 100% success rate of achieving UKAS accredited certification to ISO 14001 for our clients.
  • Osprey Solent has a wealth of experience with a wide selection of ISO standards including ISO 14001, so can offer tried and tested advice on their implementation and integration within your business
  • We are recommended by all the major certification bodies for ISO 14001 consultancy and have worked with many of them for several years.
  • We have an experienced and dedicated team of in house consultants and technical experts ensuring that you receive the best possible service.

Phases of ISO 14001 Certification Support

Phase 1 - Discovery

  • Provide advice on the ISO 14001 standard and its requirements
  • Support with the developments of associated documents
  • Provide guidance on how to integrate the ISO standard with your existing business processes, controls and other standards. This can reduce time and potential complications in the future.
  • Carry out a Gap analysis of your business against the standard.
  • Support the development of an action plan in preparation for certification.

Phase 2 - Planning

  • Develop a project plan with key deliverables and a realistic timeframe to achieve certification
  • Liaise with key stakeholders within your organisation to develop engagement and support
  • Identify the key processes and procedures which require development and implementation resulting from the gap analysis
  • Identify the key risks and opportunities which need to be addressed for the organisation.

Phase 3 - Implementation

  • Develop the required documentation in a format that best suits your organisation
  • Support, organise and run any training and familiarisation required to provide a solid platform for the success of the management system.
  • Liaise with different stakeholders within your business to develop processes that best suit the companies requirements and to foster engagement and ownership from those who will use them.
  • Maintain and update legal registers
  • Create a bridge and line of communication with statutory and regulatory bodies, customers and suppliers
  • Provide a comprehensive internal audit schedule and process for undertaking internal audits
  • Conduct an internal audit and make recommendations for improvement

Phase 4 - Certification

  • Draw on the wealth of experience from the Osprey Solent team who will provide advice that not only meets compliance but is best suited to your business and its objectives and strategy.
  • Ongoing maintenance of the management system
  • Support and attend, where required, the Stage 1 and Stage 2 certification audits with your chosen certification body
  • Support and attend, where required, the certification site visits
  • Report on Key Performance Indicators and opportunities for improvement identified.

Phase 5 - Post Certification Support

  • Provide ongoing support in discussions with your certification body.
  • Provide assistance with external assessment and surveillance visits
  • Develop your management system to best incorporate existing requirements, both legislative and other requirements.
  • Support and attend Management review meetings
  • Conduct internal audits independently of those within the business providing a greater level of assurance for those senior leaders within the organisation.
  • Conduct supplier and sub-contractor audits
  • Provide impartial, professional advice on business improvement
  • Provide advice on business strategy and long term planning

Want to find out more?

Empower your quality management journey with ISO 14001 certification. Take the first step towards a secure and thriving work environment. Contact us today to discuss how implementing this international standard can benefit your organisation, ensuring a safer tomorrow for your team.

Let’s build a foundation of excellence in quality management together – because your employees deserve it, and your success depends on it.

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