Benefits of implementing ISO 14001
An organisation will be implementing ISO 14001 to take a strategic approach to improving environmental performance. There are many different benefits of implementing this standard that will not only aid the environment but will also reduce costs and improve efficiency within the organisation.
Firstly, and one of the main reasons why companies choose to implement ISO 14001 is to demonstrate compliance with current and future statutory and regulatory legal requirements, you should already be following all appropriate laws before implementing an environmental management system (EMS). Furthermore, certification will show people that you care about the environment and have the groundwork in place for identifying and complying with the different regulatory and legal requirements.
One of the main ways companies try and increase profit is reducing costs and implementing an EMS can do just that. Firstly, you can reduce costs by working to conserve the materials and energy required by production processes. Another way that ISO 14001 can reduce costs is by reducing the amount of environmental incidents that occur, this will negate unnecessary costs that could occur through reparations or liability costs.
Lastly, ISO 14001 plays a big role in improving an organisations image and credibility. Very often members of the community and your stakeholders will have an interest in how your company cares for the local environment, this includes consumers who may be concerned about any environmentally harmful practices in production. By implementing an EMS you are showing that you are committed to maintaining the environment which will help enhance the company image and improve customer and community relations.