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.
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.
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.
The deadline for transition to ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015, AS9100:2016 and IATF 16949:2016 is fast approaching. Have you completed the transition process? If not, take a look at our blog post “The Countdown Begins” to learn how to get started before it’s too late.
Note that if your next audit is a recertification and upgrade, you will need to perform the audit at least 2 months prior to your certificate expiring to give you enough time to address any potential nonconformance issues.
Is your organization prepared for the transition to ISO 14001:2015? simpleQuE can help – our ISO 14001:2015 Gap Analysis Checklist a useful tool to identify compliance with the differences between ISO 14001:2004 and ISO 14001:2015. This completed checklist would be a supplement to existing ISO 14001:2004 internal audits. In addition, a free half hour of phone or email consulting is included in the purchase of the checklist.
SimpleQuE has formed a new collaboration with St. Petersburg College (SPC). This collaboration will allow SPC to provide online self-paced learning courses covering the ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 standards. Continue reading “SimpleQuE Forms Partnership With St. Petersburg College”
As the leading training source for ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, among other standards, we are excited to offer two great training sessions in one day. On Monday, April 13, the simpleQuE team will be onsite at Aileron in Tipp City, Ohio, to conduct ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 implementation trainings. Our hands-on approach and qualified instructors will ensure you have everything you need to know to implement, get certified, or upgrade to the new standards. Continue reading “Everything You Need to Know About ISO 9001: 2015 and ISO 14001: 2015 In One Day”