ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM CERTIFICATION
ISO 14001:2015 sets out the criteria for an environmental management system and can be certified to. It maps out a framework that a company or organization can follow to set up an effective environmental management system. It can be used by any organization regardless of its activity or sector.
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.
Benefits of ISO 14001:2015 for SMEs
Small businesses can achieve the same results from environmental management as larger companies. Having an ISO 14001 management system in place:
Enhances business practices
Minimizes environmental impacts while increasing productivity
Affords a competitive edge, opening new business opportunities
Improves operational efficiency and saves costs, particularly with regard to energy consumption and waste management
Gives credibility and confidence to regulatory agencies and other interested parties, including customers
Incentives for implementing ISO 14001 differ from country to country; they can range from decreased inspection frequency to lower insurance premiums or government subsidies.