The Less Obvious benefits of ISO 14001

As you would expect, ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems certification has many fantastic benefits for a business, big or small and across all sectors and field. Some of these benefits are obvious, but there are other benefits to meeting this standard that you may not have thought of.

If you are considering this standard as another feather to add to your business cap, you may be wondering what the real benefits and advantages are.ISO 14001

Every company, irrespective of its size, number of employees will benefit from ISO 14001, including those in industry, manufacturing, services and trade related sectors too. If you want to limit the impact of your business on the environment, ISO 14001 is the certification you must look at.

8 Key Benefits of ISO 14001

There are some obvious benefits to meeting this standard, and other benefits that come as welcome additional advantages:

  1. Cost savings – in some cases, these can be significant as ISO 14001 places greater emphasis on resource, waste and energy management. For many businesses, this is a significant issue that they face daily, how best to minimise waste and the cost of processing it.
  2. Reputation – impressions count. As a business, you want to show customers and trade partners that you are a credible business within which to trade. Environmental concerns are real and tangible; ISO 14001 show you are playing your part in reducing the impact of industry on the environment.
  • Control – controlling environmental impact now and in the future, is paramount for any business but with ISO 14001, you go one step further. Impact is quantified and monitored, with ongoing reviews to ensure that environmental impact remains under control.
  1. Compliance – environmental rules, regulations and laws have changed considerably in recent years and they will continue to change over coming years; ISO 14001 ensures compliance, and certainly secures the foundation to future compliance.
  2. Supply chain – environmental awareness is not just about repurposing and recycling in one area of your business but right across it, including along the tentacles of your supply chain too.
  3. Protection – a little known benefit is that ISO14001 with its compliance and monitoring capabilities extends protection to the company, its assets, shareholders, directors and, most importantly, to your staff. It certainly makes your business robust in an ever-changing and demanding business world.
  • Decreases publicity liability insurance – you may not have realised that ISO certification can benefit your business by reducing costs in other areas too, such as ISO 14001 reducing public liability insurance costs. Your business is less of a risk, thus premiums should decrease.
  • Grows your business – ISO 14001 opens doors. It is an accolade of which you can be rightfully proud. And it opens doors for you. With other businesses wanting to trade with like-minded, forward thinking businesses, ISO 14001 is an attractive certification in a potential trade partner.

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Steve Kilburn
Steve Kilburn
I initially trained as an industrial chemist working in a variety of manufacturing environments eventually moving into quality management which grew to encompass environmental and occupational health and safety management systems. I hold a Masters Degree in Health and Safety law and Environmental Law and a Post Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Waste Management and I am a Graduate Level Member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). In my spare time I enjoy reading, my favourite author is Stephen King, and listening to music, generally from the late 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.
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