ISO 14001 is the international standard for effective environmental management systems (EMS), an essential component for freight and logistics companies, but what benefits does this ISO really offer companies in these sectors?
More competitive, more efficient, more sustainable
As a logistics or freight firm, you will have, no doubt, a strong understanding of the many external and internal factors that affect your business. In recent years, external challenges have included the rising cost of fuel. Add to that uncertainty of Brexit for those that shift goods across European borders along with growing concerns regarding the welfare of our planet, and you can soon appreciate the difficult trading conditions many businesses have had to weather.
Burying corporate heads in the sand is not the solution. Freight and cargo still need to be moved efficiently, but not at great financial or environmental cost.
ISO 14001 attempt to address these issues. It seems from research that freight and logistic companies are reaping the rewards in the shape of being more competitive, more efficient and more sustainable.
ISO 14001 and increasing market share
A recent survey by the British Assessment Bureau found that ISO 14001 has a positive effect on business competitiveness. 66% of companies, it says, have directly won contracts as a result of having ISO 14001 certification.
This increase in market share is surely good news for every freight and logistics company, more so in the current climate.
There is also a strong suggestion that this certification is essential for accessing contracts in certain markets. Like all ISOs, this environmental management systems standard is revered across the globe.
Trading partners across Europe and the rest of the world will often have environmental targets themselves that they must reach. As well as setting heady milestones for themselves, there are also many Government and European Union environmental targets that need to be met.
That means trading partners are looking at the environmental operating standards of freight and logistics companies. The possibility is that very soon, without some kind of recognisable and valued environmental management standard to their name, logistics and freight companies could find work hard to come by.
Some experts have gone so far as to suggest that ISO 14001 will become the norm in markets in the future. There are others who say that the time is now, and that the climate crisis we are now in places yet more pressure on all organisations and individuals to make changes to how things are done, including transporting goods across the miles.
Other benefits of ISO 14001
There are other benefits too other than increasing market share and building business reputation;
- There are companies who say that ISO 14001 has reduced costs on several levels including spending on energy, waste management and logistics
- Improved leadership engagement in environmental management and improving ‘buy-in’ by stakeholders
- Encouraged better environmental performance, a factor that is no longer optional but of vital importance
As a freight or logistics company, can you afford not to seek ISO 14001 certification?
How can we help you?
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