Today the environmental performance of a company is a primary concern to its stakeholders; it has now become a significant factor in companies’ commercial success or failure.

An Environmental Management System promotes commitment to a systematic approach to environmental protection and to a model of continuous improvement.

ISO 14001 is the internationally recognised standard for environmental management proficiency. It is regarded as the ‘Gold Standard’ by the widest possible range of audiences, from governments and corporate clients to individual consumers.

The benefits of an Environmental Management System can be summarised as Competitiveness, Costs and Reputation:

  • Assuring customers of commitment to environmental management
  • Satisfying investor criteria and improving access to capital
  • Improving cost control through waste reduction
  • Reducing incidents that result in liability
  • Conserving input materials and energy
  • Ensuring compliance with legislation
  • Enhancing corporate image and environmental stewardship
  • Reduction in risks

An Environmental Management System is applicable to virtually any organisation, of any size and nature, anywhere in the world. The most successful companies in every sector of today’s competitive global marketplace recognise the importance of Environmental Management. Indeed, most holders of ISO 14001are small to medium sized organisations that are looking to grow and improve their operations or gain full recognition for their environmental management processes.

ISO 14001 is a prerequisite for discerning consumers worldwide. The implementation of an Environmental Management System can open up previously inaccessible markets by demonstrating a standard of awareness and environmental responsibility in an international business language.