ISO 14000, Environmental Management, Sustainability

ISO 14000
Environmental Management Systems
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ISO 14000, Environmental Management, Sustainability

 

Environmental Management Systems (EMS) are the foundation of the ISO 14000 group of international environmental management standards. An EMS can be registered as meeting the ISO 14001 EMS standard.

Since the 14001 EMS includes everyone in the organization and all aspects of the organization that affect the environment, it can improve an organization's environmental performance in many ways. This improved performance comes at a cost to the organization, a cost which can be recovered by aggressively seeking benefits. This page lists benefits of ISO 14000 and EMSs. If you would like to add to this list please contact us. Your contributions will be acknowledged.

The benefits of an EMS and registration of the EMS to ISO 14000 are organized into these categories:

ISO 14000, Environmental Management, Sustainability Phil Rooney, Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department offers this summary of benefits:

Protecting the environment by coming into compliance or, ideally, going beyond compliance reduces waste and reduces costs and inefficiencies. It preserves natural resources and reduces the cost of finding new and more resources. It makes greater use of materials already purchased and reduces purchasing costs. It makes for cleaner emissions and reduces the severity of spills, leaks, and other accidents. Reducing these events reduces permitting costs, remediation costs, worker comp costs, insurance costs, law suit costs and fines, and many other costs and fees. Protecting the environment involves purchasing smaller amounts of materials or purchasing less toxic materials. These purchasing choices reduce OSHA reporting and record-keeping requirements and costs. These choices improve worker safety and morale, leading to more productive workers. Purchasing less hazardous materials reduces the need for and the costs associated with the need for special equipment, special training, and specially designed storage areas. These purchasing practices also reduce the cost of disposal. Protecting the environment by going beyond compiance helps keep regulators and inspectors out of the plant.

ISO 14000, Environmental Management, Sustainability Rosanne Harding of Apple Computer reports the following benefits from ISO 14001 registration:

ISO 14000, Environmental Management Systems, Sustainability

All environmental policies and procedures are now in a consistent format.

ISO 14000, Environmental Management Systems, Sustainability

All documents are now more accessible to employees so compliance has improved.

ISO 14000, Environmental Management Systems, Sustainability

Regularly scheduled EMS reviews are ensuring both legal and ethical obligations are met in a timely fashion.
Increased Profits (return to top)

ISO 14000, Environmental Management Systems, Sustainability

Implementing ISO 14001 today can provide a basis for implementing the other standards in the ISO 14000 series. This incremental approach can reduce overall costs to implement ISO 14000 because of lessons learned in each phase.

ISO 14000, Environmental Management, Sustainability

The quantity of materials and energy required for manufacturing a product may be reduced, thereby reducing the cost of the product, material handling costs, and waste disposal costs.
ISO 14000, Environmental Management Systems, Sustainability Some companies have found that it costs more to run a compliance-driven system than an EMS.
ISO 14000, Environmental Management Systems, Sustainability An EMS can help reduce incidents of pollution and the associated expense of recovery.
ISO 14000, Environmental Management, Sustainability Recycling manufacturing waste and unused inputs could increase revenues. Recycling need not be within the same facility, but with another one that can use the waste as input to their production. ISO 14000
ISO 14000, Environmental Management Systems, Sustainability Employee health and safety can be improved, thereby improving productivity, decreasing sick days, and reducing insurable risk.
ISO 14000, Environmental Management Systems, Sustainability Insurance claims may be reduced, thus reducing the costs of coverage and settlements.
ISO 14000, Environmental Management Systems, Sustainability Meeting the standards of different countries can be expensive. ISO 14000 can reduce this effort by providing one standard.
Operations (return to top)
ISO 14000, Environmental Management Systems, Sustainability The EMS standards can define "best practices" and create a foundation for the next level of improvement.
ISO 14000, Environmental Management Systems, Sustainability An EMS integrated with all other business systems improves management's ability to understand what is going on in their organization, determine the effect on the company, and provide leadership.
ISO 14000, Environmental Management Systems, Sustainability The standards build consensus throughout the world that a common terminology for environmental management systems is needed. A common terminology for all locations of a multinational organization will increase efficiency of communication and improve results.
ISO 14000, Environmental Management Systems, Sustainability An EMS can identify instances of redundancy in day-to-day efforts for regulatory compliance. These can be eliminated, thus making the organization more efficient.
ISO 14000, Environmental Management Systems, Sustainability An EMS includes procedures and metrics for measuring and evaluating wastes and the costs of environmental emissions. This information can help organizations implement the best practices and determine their results.
ISO 14000, Environmental Management Systems, Sustainability The environmental staff can help employees and management understand and use environmental systems to improve organizational performance and benefits.
ISO 14000, Environmental Management Systems, Sustainability A management system can lead to more reliable and predictable environmental performance which can reduce or limit the severity of incidents.
ISO 14000, Environmental Management Systems, Sustainability ISO 14000 requires a common terminology which improves the communication of goals, procedures, impacts, and solutions. Improved communications can mean greater efficiency in decision making. For example, the severity of an environmental impact can increase with time, so an efficient notification system can reduce the time it takes to respond, and thus the impact, risk and liability to the organization.
ISO 14000, Environmental Management Systems, Sustainability ISO 14000 provides feedback on the operations of the organization that can be used for daily action and to determine the appropriateness of pollution prevention strategies.
ISO 14000, Environmental Management Systems, Sustainability Problems that could be expensive to resolve and damaging to the environment can be identified earlier. Early management awareness of problems would offer the best opportunity for efficient resolution.
ISO 14000, Environmental Management Systems, Sustainability Management awareness of environmental impacts provides the opportunity for planning to reduce negative impacts.
ISO 14000, Environmental Management Systems, Sustainability As ISO 14000 is accepted internationally, organizations will need to meet only one standard, thus simplifying environmental management.
ISO 14000, Environmental Management Systems, Sustainability A unified approach to environmental management provides the opportunity for sharing ideas among facilities. This can increase the efficiency and benefits of an EMS.
ISO 14000, Environmental Management Systems, Sustainability Spreading environmental responsibility throughout the organization places it with those directly associated with environmental impacts and pollution prevention. This improves the effectiveness and efficiency of pollution prevention programs.
Marketing (return to top)
ISO 14000, Environmental Management, Sustainability A major study by ICF Kaiser International "shows that when public companies improve their corporate environmental practices, they are able to increase shareholder wealth by up to 5 percent...The findings suggest that when environmental risks are reduced, the company becomes a more attractive investment to potential and current stockholders." Three factors contribute: corporate environmental management, environmental performance, and environmental communications. Click here for the Press Release.
ISO 14000, Environmental Management, Sustainability A 1990 Gallup poll found that 52% of those surveyed stopped buying products with a poor environmental image. Establishing a strong environmental image can help attract environmentally conscious customers and create pressure on competitors. This image must be carefully marketed to receive these benefits.
ISO 14000, Environmental Managment, Sustainability Employees see ISO 14000 as good for their organization and for them personally.
ISO 14000, Environmental Managment, Sustainability Companies can receive credit for existing systems and accomplishments.
ISO 14000, Environmental Managment, Sustainability In Europe, Japan and other Asian countries, car manufacturers are continuing to implement and register to ISO 14000.
ISO 14000, Environmental Managment, Sustainability Customers might favor companies with an EMS. These customers could be the ultimate consumer or industrial customers. As large, multinational manufacturers register to ISO 14000, they may favor suppliers with ISO 14000 registration.
ISO 14000, Environmental Managment, Sustainability Community support for a facility could be increased by demonstrating concern for the local environment through an EMS.
ISO 14000, Environmental Managment, Sustainability Workers may be attracted to a company with a plan to protect the immediate work environment and the surrounding community.
ISO 14000, Environmental Managment, Sustainability A company's products may appeal to customers seeking green products.
ISO 14000, Environmental Managment, Sustainability ISO 14000 registration demonstrates that the EMS meets international standards. Since registration requires third party auditing, it validates the EMS and the claims made by the organization.
Regulatory Compliance (return to top)

ISO 14000, Environmental Management, Sustainability

"Under EPA's noncompliance reporting policy, the discovery and self reporting of a violation discovered by a corporate compliance program or an audit will justify the mitigation of penalties. Likewise, under the federal sentencing guidelines, an organization convicted of a crime is entitled to a reduced penalty if it can show the court that it had an effective compliance program in effect at the time of the violation." Bert P. Krages II
ISO 14000, Environmental Management, Sustainability "In Australia a director of a corporation held liable for a breach of environmental legislation, such as a pollution event, may be exonerated if they can show they took all reasonable steps to avoid the offence; that is if they can demonstrate due diligence. This has proved to be a major incentives for companies to adopt the ISO 14k standard. If they are registered to ISO 14001 (or can prove they have an effective EMS) then that will go a long way to proving due diligence on their part." Paul Reed
ISO 14000, Environmental Management, Sustainability "Wisconsin's EPA has a three-tier model of fines for criminal and civil penalties, in which the lowest fines are imposed on companies that are ISO 14000 registered," according to Dennis Abarca, International Approval Services.
ISO 14000, Environmental Management, Sustainability In the United States, there are many laws and regulations designed to protect the environment. They may carry financial and/or criminal penalties if not observed. ISO 14000 requires evidence of working processes to maintain compliance with laws and regulations. These processes can help companies identify where they are out of compliance and take action.
ISO 14000, Environmental Management, Sustainability Many countries may require or favor companies with ISO 14000 registration.
ISO 14000, Environmental Management, Sustainability The EPA's Environmental Leadership Program may favor companies with EMSs.
ISO 14000, Environmental Management, Sustainability The State of Pennsylvania has indicated that fines, penalties and surveillance schedules will be mitigated if an organization has an EMS.
ISO 14000, Environmental Management, Sustainability In Europe and Asia, government procurement policies are or may be requiring ISO 14000 registration of suppliers.
ISO 14000, Environmental Management, Sustainability Regulators may favor organizations with a ISO 14000 registered EMS.
ISO 14000, Environmental Management, Sustainability Improved compliance with legislative and regulatory requirements could reduce penalties and remediation costs.
ISO 14000, Environmental Management, Sustainability An ISO 14000 EMS demonstrates to regulatory agencies that the organization is proactive about reducing pollution and committed to continual improvement.
Social (return to top)
ISO 14000, Environmental Management, Sustainability ISO 14000 helps create a common language and way of thinking about environmental aspects which can help companies, communities, governments, and organizations communicate and work together.
ISO 14000, Environmental Management, Sustainability Cleaner air, water, and soil.
ISO 14000, Environmental Management, Sustainability Longer resource life through reduced usage.
ISO 14000, Environmental Management, Sustainability Progress toward a sustainable culture.
ISO 14000, Environmental Management, Sustainability Less waste in land fills.

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