Why Environmental ISOs are gathering pace

Hardly a day goes by when we don’t see some kind of impact from climate change. Whether that is floating plastic islands in far-flung oceans or concern over weather patterns, concerns are everywhere. Consumers are also beginning to flex their buying power when it comes to environmental issues, from calling out companies on social media for excess packaging to looking for alternative products.

Businesses and organisation are not immune either, no matter from what sector or industry they dominate. Adapting to change brings risks and challenges, as it does opportunities, factors that are recognised in a new standard, ISO 14090 Adaptation to climate change – principles, requirements and guidelines.

The financial risks of climate change

The world’s largest companies estimate the risk of climate change to their business as being over $1 trillion US dollars. But within these risks and challenges, there are opportunities too and hence, the Standard Committee created a standard within the ISO 14000 family that address not only the risks of not adapting, but what can be gained from making changes that safeguard the planet and business too.

This new standard joins an impressive family, including ISO 14001:2015. Whilst ISO 14090 addresses principles and guidelines of environmental change, ISO 14001 focuses on the systems that achieve environmental management.

Why bother with ISO 14001?

Surely, you think, changes can be made to reduce the burden on the environment that don’t need a standard of their own? But there are many reasons why ISO 14001 is beneficial to any business or organisation.

  • Demonstrate compliance with current statutory environmental regulations and to a certain extent, this future-proofs your business in this regard too
  • Increases and improves involvement in environmental issues across your organisation, improving leadership on this vital issue
  • Improves and enhances your company reputation, providing inspiration for others to do the same
  • Builds on and improves your reputation with consumers and stakeholders
  • Incorporates environmental management systems within strategic business aims
  • Provides a competitive edge to your business as it is proven that ISO 14001 contributes to improved efficiencies and reduced cost
  • Encourages better environmental performance from suppliers too

Is ISO 14001 right for your business?

Companies and organisations of all sizes and from all industries are benefiting from ISO 14001 accreditation. A major food supplier to clients across the UK has been operating at ‘zero landfill waste’ since 2013 with 100% of its waste recycled. They also feel they respond to concerns regarding environmental impacts much quicker and are more efficient.

Likewise, a company within the construction industry that used innovative means to repair concrete structures and floors highlight that for them, the main benefit of ISO 14001 for their business has been increased confidence and competitiveness. It is a standard that dovetails with their product and systems, both of which aim to reduce landfill and carbon emissions and so for their clients who also have environmental standards to reach, this makes them the go-to company.

From these two examples alone, you can clearly see the beneficial impact of ISO 14001. What difference will it make to your organisation?

How can we help you?

If you’re in need of assistance with any aspect of ISO certification, here at Synergos we’d be delighted to help. Whether you have questions about the path to certification or are looking for advice and support to maintain an existing standard call 01484 666160 or email info@synergosconsultancy.co.uk and we’ll be happy to talk it over with you

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