ISO 14001:2015 implementation should be done to reduce organizational impact on the environment. The ISO 14001 Certification requires the organization to follow a systematic approach in managing the environmental impact of the organization. Following this approach, the organization aims to achieve on going improvement in their environmental management.
The operational success of the ISO 14001-compliant environmental management system is determined by aspects such as the communication of policies and procedures, the preparedness for responding to emergencies, and the document, procedural, and operational control. All of the above should be included in the organization’s environmental management system ISO 14001 manual for full documentation of how the organization intends to reach its goals and objectives regarding environmental management.
The ISO 14001 manual should also include the methods for measuring performance in the above regard, as well as the monitoring of the organization’s impact on the environment, in addition to the controls in place for identification of non-conformances and, finally, how the corrective actions must be implemented to prevent a repeat of environmental incidents. ISO 14001 implementation also requires the setting of internal audits and reports as part of regular and on-going monitoring and controlling of corrective actions. As such, the manual can be used and improved upon to also include the other management practices of the organization where relevant.
Another benefit of ISO 14001 environmental management system implementation is that it improves the company’s environmental performance. This is an ongoing process. The organization’s GAP analysis identifies the areas in which improvement is needed and after the corrections have been made, the internal audits follow, as well as the readiness audit. The organization, once it has acquired certification, then follows a maintenance plan to ensure ongoing improvement and compliance.