19 Sep, 2023
The days of checking bins have gone! Find out how ISO 14001 has changed with the times.
In a world where environmental consciousness has become paramount, ISO 14001 stands at the forefront of environmental management systems. Long gone are the days when auditors sifted through bins during an ISO audit to scrutinise recycling efforts. While the principles of reduce, reuse, and recycle remain fundamental to the Environmental Management System (EMS), the scope and purpose of ISO 14001 have evolved significantly to address the pressing challenges of today.
Every five to eight years, ISO member bodies engage in a comprehensive review of the International Standards to ensure they remain relevant and up-to-date. In 2015, ISO 14001 underwent substantial revisions, placing a heightened focus on environmental impact. These revisions elevated the role of environmental management in strategic planning, emphasised leadership involvement, and strengthened commitments to proactive initiatives.
Today, ISO 14001 resonates more profoundly with our times. Environmental impact, whether on a personal or business level, has taken centre stage, compelling individuals and organisations to seek ways to minimise their footprint.
Beyond Recycling: A Comprehensive Approach
Reducing environmental impact extends beyond the visible realm of recycling. ISO 14001 compels businesses to consider all environmental aspects related to their operations. These encompass:
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