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What are the benefits of an Environmental Management System (EMS) Certification with ISO 14001?

There are several benefits from implementing an Environmental Management System (EMS), and ISO 14001:2015 is the most recognized EMS certification in the world. Overall, ISO 14001 was developed primarily to help organizations by providing a framework for a better management system to reduce their environmental impact.  In addition to improvements in performance, organizations can reap a number of economic benefits including higher conformance with legislative and regulatory requirements by adopting the ISO 14001 standard.


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An EMS that meets the requirements of ISO 14001:2015 is a management tool enabling an organization of any size or type to:

  • Identify and control the environmental impact of its activities, products or services
  • Continually improve its environmental performance
  • Implement a systematic approach to setting environmental objectives, achieving these objectives, and demonstrating that they have been achieved
  • Ensure legal compliance (aided by ISO 14001 registration/certification)

Environmental Benefits

The main reason to implement ISO 14001:2015 is to reduce your environmental impact.

ISO 14001 certificate serves as a driver and reminder that it is everyone’s job to protect the environment by preventing pollution and continually improving the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the earth we inhabit. Not only are there external benefits, but reducing your environmental impact will also benefit your organization by reducing the amount of waste and consumption of resources and lower operating cost. You can better your environmental performance by becoming more efficient by adopting better controls as ISO 14001 requires systematic plans for your actions.

Legislative and Regulatory Benefits

Meeting ISO 14001:2015 requirements also ensure that you meet any legislative or regulatory requirements. This will reduce your organization’s potential to pay liability fees, while also improving your organization’s efficiency. Additionally, as a result of ISO 14001 is an internationally recognized standard, businesses operating in multiple locations across the globe can leverage their conformance to ISO 14001, therefore eliminating the need for multiple registrations or certifications.

Customer Satisfaction

Customer Satisfaction is a key reason for organizations to become certified to ISO 14001. There has been a huge push in the two decades by consumers for companies to adopt better environmental management systems. Implementing ISO 14001 can lead to improved public perceptions, and give organizations a competitive advantage to operate in the international marketplace. Furthermore, becoming ISO 14001 shows that your organization is dedicated to innovative and forward-thinking approach to customers and prospective employees. It can increase a business’s access to new customers and business partners. In some markets, it can potentially reduce public liability insurance costs, and potentially reduce trade barriers between registered businesses.

In addition, you want to maintain your position in the marketplace because more and more customers and countries are becoming environmentally conscious and are beginning to require that suppliers and companies show proof of sound environmental commitment. The proof and commitment are reflected in the ISO 14001 certification of your Environmental Management System.

How can the 14000store help?

The 14000store has developed tools, documents, and techniques to assist organizations in achieving ISO 14001 certification of their EMS.

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