IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ISO 14001 STANDARD IN YOUR COMPANY
Implementing ISO 14001 in your company
The world is on alert regarding the environment, due to decades of neglect. Today, more and more people and companies are becoming environmentally conscious.
Recent corporate initiatives to contribute to the care of the environment have become more and more administrative in nature. As a consequence, the ISO 14001 standard was born. By implementing an environmental management system in your company, you can comply with environmental requirements.
Companies are large consumers of energy and resources; and in some cases they emit waste that has a strong environmental impact, so the ISO 14001 standard guides you to create a commitment to the environment and society, all this applied based on the activities carried out in your organization and the impact they generate.
The implementation of an environmental management system in your organization offers the possibility to easily systematize the environmental aspects that must be considered in each activity that takes place within it. It is important that when you implement your system, you start by establishing a framework with environmental goals and objectives to be set and met.
BENEFITS OF YOUR ISO 14001 IMPLEMENTATION
In addition to caring for and protecting the environment by implementing the necessary measures carried out by the ISO 14001 standard and employees in general, the benefits to your organization from such a system are diverse:
Positioning as a socially responsible company.
Differentiation from your competitors.
You will strengthen your image before your customers and consumers.
You will be able to optimize the management of resources and waste.
You will reduce the negative impact on the environment.
You will avoid penalties that could affect the financial area.
You will contribute to environmental protection and pollution prevention.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU SET UP YOUR ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM?
When you establish your environmental management system, you also create a balance between helping the environment and the socio-economic aspects of your organization; you will be able to boost innovation in environmental aspects and the overall productivity of your organization.
Don’t forget that your employees are a fundamental part of this process; from the beginning of the implementation of the system to its compliance and follow-up.
Remember that the essential principle of the standard for monitoring the development of the management system is the continuous improvement cycle, where you can find the specifications of the stages for the implementation in your company.
For the implementation of the system there is no established standard process, this is due to the characteristics of each company. In the first instance you can analyze the resources you have available such as time, human and economic resources, previous knowledge, internal courses on environmental issues and take into account a possible external consultancy.
CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT CYCLE
By performing the initial preparation of your organization, you will be ready for implementation. Within the continuous improvement cycle are the following points, these may vary depending on your company.
Plan: consult your company’s current situation to see where to prioritize attention and establish what to do, how to do it and when to do it.
Do: implement the above planning.
Verify: verify that the actions that were carried out efficiently coincide with what was pre-established and make a comparison with the expected results.
Act: locate deficiencies and identify and record opportunities for improvement.
During implementation in your company, it is necessary to establish order and assign responsibilities to your entire work team. In addition to this, you must sensitize employees and transmit to them the feeling of empathy with the environmental policy to be followed, so that they can successfully achieve the process and grow with the maintenance of this.
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