ISO 14001 Certification – Much More Than a Green Standard

When the ISO 14001 standard was initiated, it served as a guide for gauging and monitoring the activities of a company and its impact on the environment. ISO 14001 certification is now widely utilized by thousands of organizations around the globe to illustrate to the public and its constituents that it is environmentally responsible. As a result, more and more companies are able to monitor and correct any processes and systems that could be negatively affecting the environment, making the organization more eco-friendly.

ISO 14001 certification has numerous benefits for an organization in addition to helping the environment.  Some of these could include:

  • Reducing waste and carbon footprint
  • Cutting costs by conserving energy and input materials as well as decreasing incidents that can cause an organization to sustain liability expenses.
  • Promotes a positive image and credibility to the public by pledging to customers an organization’s commitment to caring for the environment and preventing pollution
  • Utilizing accurate data and information on the improvements to be made within an organization will decrease the chances these changes will be unsuccessful and require additional testing, resulting in more time and expense
  • Fosters a positive attitude with employees who are motivated to work in an organization that demonstrates environmental responsibility.

Implementing an ISO 14001 environmental management system provides an organization the framework for monitoring its effects on the environment and how to improve and increase the positive impact. This commitment demonstrates the responsibility of an organization’s environmental effect, which in turn builds greater customer trust, employee confidence and potentially new business opportunities.  Establishing and upholding the environmental aspects of a company’s processes is the first step towards making helpful changes within an organization, its environment and around the globe, creating positive affects for years to come.

If your organization is looking to reduce its impact on the environment, contact us to find out how your company can obtain ISO 14001 certification through simpleQuE’s range of ISO 14001 training and consulting services.

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How Aircraft Manufacturers Are Reducing Environmental Impact

By Jim Lee

 

At the annual ASA / AFRA conference in June, we heard Kahina Oudjehani, Head of Eco-Design and Environmental Affairs at Bombardier.  She shared Bombardier’s environmental strategy through the entire lifecycle of an aircraft to improve the company’s environmental footprint.  A significant environmental impact occurs with aircraft design and we learned of some examples on the CRJ100 regional jet design as seen with these attached slides.

Reducing aircraft weight by redesigning components is another significant impact to improving the environmental footprint by using less raw material in parts, less energy and water in making parts, reduced weight to improve fuel efficiency, and selecting materials that can be recycled and reused, or repurposed. Congratulations to Bombardier on their efforts and recent recognition by Canada for its sustainability and eco-design approach applied to the C series jet.

As a technology geek, I’ve learned of aircraft design initiatives which utilize artificial intelligence and supercomputers with 3-D printing (or additive manufacturing).  Airbus analyzed the stresses and loads on a product, then utilized 3-D printing and some wild new algorithms based on slime mold and bone growth. Slime mold naturally creates a strong, efficient structure between two fixed points, and other algorithms are used to create bones and implants for reconstructive surgeries.  Combine these algorithms to calculate and determine the most efficient designs, which result in structures a human couldn’t conceive.  Then creating those designs with 3-D printing result in what Airbus calls bionic 3-D printing.

https://www.airbus.com/newsroom/news/en/2016/03/Pioneering-bionic-3D-printing.html

As Bombardier and Airbus have demonstrated, implementing environmental sustainability or ISO 14001 correctly, can yield positive financial impact while improving the environmental footprint. SimpleQuE can guide you on the path to ISO 14001 certification.  Contact us for more information.

Lauren Manufacturing Achieves Quality and Environmental Management System Certifications

Congratulations!  Lauren Manufacturing (New Philadelphia, Ohio), a Lauren International company, received ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 (environmental) certifications from Eagle Certification Group.  Since 1965 the company has grown from a seal and gasket manufacturer to a sophisticated business supply partner for leading OEMs, engineers and builders and to industries around the globe including automotive, agriculture, window and door, HVAC, renewable energy, lighting and more.  With facilities in Ohio and Michigan, total quality management is the foundation of their entire organization. To ensure quality materials are used for every customer application, they mix and test their own materials on site. They also design and build process equipment in-house to ensure products are manufactured to exact specifications.  Lauren’s adherence to lean manufacturing principles prevents defects and maximizes value for their customers from product design to delivery.

In addition, the company is committed to environmental management requirements and complies with regulations by local, state and federal agencies.  With EMS risks and opportunities identified, Lauren’s leadership planned objectives to address them. Each objective has a responsible person or team assigned with action item plans for achieving the EMS intended results.  These objectives and targets were communicated across the organization and are monitored and evaluated for status/progress updates to ensure continual improvement of the EMS and enhance environmental performance.

To assist with the transition to the new ISO 14001 and ISO 9001 standards, simpleQuE consultants began working with Lauren in early 2017, providing a gap analysis and support in preparation for their external audit in November 2017.  Originally, the company which is currently ISO/TS 16949 (automotive) certified, had thought they would also transition to the new IATF 16949 standard.  However, due to the complexities and numerous requirements of the new standard, it was determined that Lauren Manufacturing could meet their automotive customer’s requirements with MAQMSR and CQI-19 audits and compliance.  SimpleQuE consultants continue to work with Lauren to meet those objectives and to ensure that their reputation is built upon trust, service, innovation and quality.

The Impact of ISO 14001:2015 on the Environment and the Workplace

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Earth Day is April 22nd which is right around the corner and we are reminded how important it is to remember our corporate responsibility to the environment when we approach our daily tasks.  Every organization is different and so is its impact on the environment. Those that hold an ISO 14001:2015 certification ensures they are being good stewards of our environment.

An ISO 14001 certification ensures that there is “a framework that a company or organization can follow to set up an effective environmental management system,” per the International Standards Organization (ISO). “Using ISO 14001:2015 can provide assurance to company management and employees as well as external stakeholders that environmental impact is being measured and improved.”

A workplace can be affected by company moral, especially when it is low. Allowing employees to see and experience firsthand an organization that has processes and procedures in place to protect the environment not only boosts moral but has been shown to improve the corporate image to its customers and to the public. When employees take part in company improvements, they are more apt to engage in other aspects of the company.  In fact, when potential job candidates are given the option to work for a company that shows they care and are concerned with the environment over one that does not, the majority prefer the first.  Employees who are involved in a group effort to decrease the company’s environmental footprint will often have an increased employee focus and retention, and it is simpler and less costly to keep employees than it is to recruit and train new ones.

Organizations using ISO 14001 have found success across a range of areas, including:

  • Reduced energy and water consumption
  • A more systematic approach to legal compliance
  • Improved overall environmental performance

As we acknowledge the significance of each person and organization to participate in being good stewards of our environment, our goal is that you understand the benefits of obtaining ISO 14001 certification and remember to do your part to care for Mother Earth.

Benefits of ISO 14001:2015

A total of 319,324 certificates were issued to ISO 14001 (including 947 issued to the 2015 version), up from 8% last year. Organizations using ISO 14001 have found success across a range of areas, including:

  • Reduced energy and water consumption
  • A more systematic approach to legal compliance
  • Improved overall environmental performance

See more of what ISO 14001:2015 can do for your business in the infographic below

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5 Steps To Manage Your Environmental Impact And Boost Growth

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Twenty years ago small businesses focused on one thing: how to make profits. Today, environmental impact is turning out to be just as important as meeting the bottom line. Here’s how to manage it for growth:

  • Incorporate planning – the very first place to start with addressing environmental impact and risks is to include them in strategic planning at every level. Because ISO 14001 is the cornerstone of environmental standards for a business, planning is essential. If the matter isn’t addressed to begin with from the top down, one of two things occur: 1) no one internally treats the matter as a priority, and 2) responses that do occur end up being ad hoc and disparate, which often incurs more costs than expected.
  • Anticipate that not everyone will be happy at first – getting environmentally focused is still a politically-charged approach. Education is probably the best response, even though it may require a bit more effort. At the end of the day, however, socially-conscious businesses sometimes have to stake out a claim. Choose wisely and then stay the course.
  • Embrace leadership – businesses that really break out and become the major players using ISO 14001 as their environmental management system are not necessarily the biggest in their industry. Smart businesses are out ahead looking for these leadership opportunities to craft their own path and market niche before anyone else.
  • Use size to an advantage – Being a small business comes with a lot of advantages in terms of flexibility and speed for adjusting to changes. Rather than a big bureaucracy involved in shutting down an assembly line, small business can test the waters far more rapidly and frequently with new ideas in environmental impact and that’s a huge competitive advantage when used effectively.
  • Don’t throw out the baby with the bath water – Every new change should have a thorough cost-benefit analysis. There are plenty of existing quality management procedures that align with ISO 14001, including ISO 9001 and IATF 16949.

SimpleQuE offers customized consulting solutions for all sizes of Aerospace, Automotive, Laboratory, Manufacturing and Service organizations. When it comes to environmental impact and responsibility, ISO 14001 certification makes good business sense for businesses small and large, across all industries.

Congratulations G-NAC!

Photo from left: Cannan Christ - Management Rep., Jim Lee – SimpleQuE President, Toshikazu Mitsugi - G-NAC President
Photo from left: Cannan Christ – Management Rep., Jim Lee – SimpleQuE President, Toshikazu Mitsugi – G-NAC President

Congratulations! G-TEKT North America Corp. (G-NAC) achieved its ISO 9001:2015 certification! G-NAC enlisted the services of simpleQuE consultants, Don Milinkovich and Jim Lee to provide Quality System Implementation Support to prepare their office in Dublin, OH for certification, which they received through BSI.

G-NAC provides design and R&D services to automotive OEMS; and sales, new model design services and production equipment for the factories that manufacture automotive vehicle frame, transmission and engine components. What’s next for G-NAC? Over the next two years they’ll be working on IATF 16949 implementation for their new plant with ISO 14001 to follow after that.

G-TEKT has an environmental philosophy that places the highest priority on the conservation of the global and local environments. “As a member of the society responsible for passing on the green Earth to the next generation, it shall strive to both engage in environmentally considerate business activities and help conserve the global environment under the slogan, ‘The Earth is our shared resource’.”

G-TEKT sets a great example for responsible stewardship!

How Does ISO 14001 Impact The Environment?

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When the ISO 14001 standard was initiated, it served as a guide for gauging and monitoring the activities of a company and its impact on the environment. It is now considered a widely utilized standard for thousands of organizations around the globe to illustrate to the public and its constituents that it is environmentally responsible. As a result, more and more companies are able to monitor and correct any processes and systems that could be negatively affecting the environment, making the organization more eco-friendly. Continue reading “How Does ISO 14001 Impact The Environment?”