The environmental standard ISO 14001 is taken on by many to improve their organisation’s reputation, helping them to stand out from the competition as leaders in environmental performance. In difficult economic times, factors like this can be the difference between winning and losing work. This is particularly the case when tendering for public sector contracts, where documented environmental management is expected and ISO 14001 praised.
Recent research published in Quality World magazine from a UK based certification body has supported this perceived benefit of ISO 14001, with 80% of UK organisations surveyed believing ISO 14001 has improved their reputation.
Since implementing ISO 14001, 80% of respondents reported an increase in legislative compliance, 63% reported a positive impact on cost saving, and 84% said it resulted in a positive increase in reputation.
Previously, BAB has carried out research to find the benefits behind ISO management standards in terms of winning new business. When surveying their clients, they found over 40% had won new business as a direct result of becoming certified to a standard.
BAB’s Marketing Director Robert Fenn commented;
“It’s great to hear even more positive feedback regarding ISO management standards. Looking beyond the greater efficiency and cost savings that implementation brings, these standards bring even faster pay back by helping certified organisations maintain or win new work. In the tough current climate, ISO certification has shown itself as a prudent way managing and growing a business.”
An overview of ISO 14001
ISO 14001 is for all organisations large or small and covers all sectors, including charities and the voluntary sector. It will help you to be more environmentally friendly, show you how to measure your consumption and reduce waste. Once you see how you can effectively reduce, re-use and recycle, you will benefit by making tangible cost savings, reduce your environmental impact and enhance your environmental credentials.
Benefits of achieving ISO 14001 certification, include:
- Better management of environmental risks, now and in the future
- Increased access to new customers and business partners
- Demonstration of legal and regulatory compliance
- Potential for reduced public liability insurance costs
- Overall cost savings: in terms of consumption, waste and recycling
Furthermore, ISO 14001 is designed to be compatible with other management system standards such as ISO 9001 (Quality), OHSAS 18001 (Health and Safety) and ISO 27001 (Information Security). All or any combination of these complementary standards can be integrated seamlessly.