Environmental Management Systems
Introduction to ISO 14001:2015
ISO 14001 is a standard pertaining to environmental management systems that have been agreed upon internationally.
It helps organizations in many ways e.g. an increase in efficiency with regard to the use of raw materials and other resources, waste reduction, competitive edge, and the trust of all those who have the stakes in the business &/or organization.
The requirements outlined in ISO 14001:2015 are generic and not the specific criteria for the performance of environmental management systems.
ISO 14001:2015 can be used in full or in part for systematic improvement of environmental management; however, claims of conformance to ISO 14001:2015, are accepted only when all the requirements are incorporated into the management systems and complied with.
Environmental management systems based on ISO 14001:2015
An environmental management system helps organizations determine and tackle their environmental issues “holistically”. ISO 14001:2015 has the built-in capability to be integrated with any other management system standard as all the clauses have been aligned in its latest revision.
Like any other management system standard, this standard specifically demands continual improvement which means ‘no improvement’ is a nonconformity in itself, be there all in line with the requirements. The standard has recently been revised, with key improvements such as the increased prominence of environmental management within the organization’s strategic planning processes, greater input, and commitment to boosting environmental performance from leadership.
Which sectors can use environmental management systems (EMS) based on ISO 14001:2015
ISO 14001 can be used by any organization regardless of its type, size and type of its products &/or services.
It requires that an organization to considers and tackle issues such as gaseous effluents resulting in air pollution, efficient use of utilities including water, fuel, and paper, liquid effluents that may cause land contamination, waste management, initiatives that aim to mitigation of climate change, and procurement of raw materials and equipment that environment friendly.
The benefits of ISO 14001:2015 based Environmental Management Systems to your business or organization?
Those who have developed and implemented an effective environmental management system based on ISO 14001:2015 think that this helped them in many ways as follows:
- Compliance with legal requirements
- Enhanced leadership involvement and engagement of employees
- Enhanced company image and reputation
- More confidence of stakeholders through strategic communication
- Incorporating environmental issues into a business helped & facilitated in achieving the strategic objectives
- Improved efficiencies; lower costs and hence competitive advantage
- Better performance by the suppliers through well defined, documented, and communicated “environmental performance expectations”
- Ease of integration – this standard in its latest revision can be easily integrated with any other standards e.g. ISO 9001:2015 thereby helping in saving on time & effort through the reduction in duplication of efforts
The Process (Development & Implementation of Environmental Management Systems against ISO 14001:2015)
Gap Analysis against ISO 14001:2015 and Best Practices
- Business Excellence' team will conduct an initial assessment/gap analysis according to the scope of services with reference to the STANDARD including office as well as sites
- A comprehensive written report will be presented to the Top Management on the status of the compliance against standard’ requirements in order to know as to what are the gaps
Awareness Training on ISO 14001:2015 and Best Practices
- Business Excellence's team will provide awareness training to the key process owners and relevant staff, on the requirements of the standard
- Further to this, they'll explain how these requirements apply to their business
Documentation against ISO 14001:2015
Business Excellence' team will provide full assistance for the development of documentation according to the requirements
These documents will be of different types at different levels (in the order of importance) including policies, manual, system element procedures, and associated 'forms' including RACI matrix, process maps, risks & opportunities register, KPI’s, etc
Implementation of the Documented Management Systems
Business Excellence' team will extend its full support in regards to the implementation of the aforementioned documented management systems in letter and spirit
This may include SWOT analysis, process mapping, setting objectives & targets, development of RACI matrices, training need analysis, internal audit, corrective action including root cause analysis, management review meeting etc
Internal Audit against ISO 14001:2015
- Finally, internal audit by the 'Business Excellence' team will be performed before third-party arrives
- The detailed report of which shall be submitted to the management and will help rectify the non-conformities & concerns
- However, management to ensure rectification of the identified concerns within the time frame, as agreed
Review &/or Assessment by the Certification Body
- The selected third party to review documentation including records
- Lastly, conduct an onsite audit
Closing-out of Non-conformities
- Consequent upon the independent review and assessment by the relevant authority, the corrective action plan to be developed for each of the non-conformities
- Business Excellence to provide guidance to implement the corrective action plan
United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals
Key Deliverables (Development & Implementation against ISO 14001:2015)
Gap Analysis Report against ISO 14001:2015
To evaluate the existing systems to ascertain as to what is in compliance and what're the gaps and submitting a comprehensive report to the client
Documentation Kit against ISO 14001:2015
The templates for documents of all types (at all levels) including policies, manuals, system element procedures, work instructions, RACI matrices, forms, process maps, checklist, registers, etc.
Training on ISO 14001:2015 and Best Practices
On the requirements of the international standard and how these apply in the context of the business
Review of Documentation and Associated Records
- Business Excellence' team will review each & every provided document prior to finalization
- However, after review by us; the client shall also review these documents prior to approval
Support for Implementation
Business Excellence's team will extend its full support in regards to the implementation of the documented management systems in letter & spirit. This may include SWOT analysis, process mapping, risk assessment, objectives and targets, RACI matrices, training need analysis & training plan, internal audit, corrective action, management review etc
Internal Audit against ISO 14001:2015
Finally, a mock assessment by Business Excellence' team will be performed before the third-party assessment and a detailed report of this shall be submitted to the management in order to help rectify the non-conformities & concerns
Third Party Audit by the Certification Body
The management systems documentation including records shall be submitted to the relevant authority for its review of documentation and on-site audit
Business Excellence' team shall help develop and implement corrective actions to closeout findings consequent upon 3'rd party review &/or assessment till approval of the management systems and issue of the certificate