There is now less than 1 year to transition to the updated ISO 14001:2015 standard. With the September 2018 deadline fast-approaching, find out about the changes to the standard, what they mean for organisations and how we can help.
A new edition of the ISO 14001 environmental management standard was published in 2015 introducing a range of significant changes. The changes have made the standard a much more strategic tool to improve business and environmental performance. However, many companies have yet to make the transition to the updated standard and therefore risk losing their certification.
The ISO 14001:2004 standard will lapse in September 2018, meaning organisations have less than a year to transition. As a result of the significant changes and new criteria, we recommend considering the transition sooner rather than later. We recently worked with Saatchi & Saatchi London on their transition to ISO 14001:2015, helping them to became the first advertising agency in the UK to achieve certification to the new standard.
What do the updates to the ISO 14001 standard mean for companies?
The updates to ISO 14001:2015 have helped to bring the standard right up to date with the latest best-practice in environmental management. With ISO 14001:2015 becoming more strategic, the standard is now much more applicable to businesses of all sectors. With maturing legislation, growing investor and stakeholder expectations, and improving technology, environmental management is an issue that can no longer be ignored.
Companies across all sectors are looking at how to embed environmental considerations into core business decisions. The ISO 14001 standard provides a proven framework to assist senior management in doing this, but it does require organisations to significantly expand and upgrade their processes.
The updated standard goes beyond looking at how an organisation has a negative impact on the environment, and examines the ways environmental issues might impact the business. It also includes a requirement to adopt a life-cycle approach to look at the opportunities from better environmental management as well as risks.
Making the transition – how we can help
If you are just starting to explore what changes you need to make to meet the new requirements, we offer a gap analysis to help you to focus your efforts.
Full Transition Support
We can help you transition to the new ISO 14001:2015 standard by providing a full turn-key support service. Our team can help you understand the updated requirements and support you through the process, from stakeholder interviews to external audit.
Internal and External Audit Support
Our team of expert auditors can run your internal audits to ensure you meet the standard requirements and can be on hand during your certification audit to make sure process goes as smoothly as possible.