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ISO 14001 is the International Standard for Environmental Management Systems (EMS), which defines best practice to help companies of all sizes, in any industry and virtually any country, make their day to day operations more sustainable and reduce their environmental impact at all stages of the business from sourcing goods and services to improving corporate responsibility.

Implementing this globally recognised standard will help your organisation comply with rigorous environmental laws and regulations, as well as building trust with customers and other stakeholders. Also, this standard is quickly becoming a pre-requisite to improve your businesses chances of success with government bids and to work with larger enterprises.

This standard also goes in some way to support the United Nations’ Net-Zero Carbon strategy.

ISO 14001 Environmental Management

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WHAT IS AN ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM?

An Environmental Management System provides a robust and coordinated framework that enables a company to identify, implement, maintain, and increase opportunities for waste reduction and efficient resource management, as well as accurately measure its environmental impact.

By introducing controls such as education, training and clearly documented policies and procedures, an EMS helps an organisation to continually improve its environmental footprint; effectively manage and mitigate environmental risk; and ensure legal and regulatory compliance, whilst also strengthening its brand image and reducing costs.

Peace of mind:

Certification ensures that your business is taking proactive steps to monitor, manage and improve its impact on the environment and community and effectively manage potential risks.

Globally recognised:

With more than 165 member countries, ISO 14001 certification sets a benchmark for best practice and is recognised all around the world, quickly and easily demonstrating your organisation’s commitment to maintaining and improving environmental management standards.

Compliance:

There are a number of statutory and regulatory requirements relating to environmental management and the threat of prosecution and/or significant fines for non-compliance is very real. ISO 14001 gives you the ideal framework to help your organisation understand and manage compliance to environmental regulations and legislation.

Enhances reputation:

Certification builds trust and confidence in your company and reassures existing or potential customers and stakeholders that you are actively committed to responsible and sustainable environmental management practices.

Competitive advantage:

Certification can increase commercial opportunities and enable your company win additional business and new customers from competitors who are not certified, or where certification is mandated for suppliers.

Cost savings and efficiencies:

ISO 14001 identifies valuable opportunities to reduce resource use and eliminate waste; business operations are streamlined with clearly defined policies and procedures; and the cost of achieving certification is likely to be minimal when compared to the potential financial impact of an environmental breach.

Futureproofing:

The framework helps your business to continually review potential risks and wasteful practices and implement appropriate controls that improve the way you manage your environmental footprint and promote sustainability.

Corporate culture:

ISO 14001 encourages greater environmental awareness and engagement amongst employees and a culture of corporate responsibility that helps to ensure the environmental impact of day to day business operations is minimised.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

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ISO 14001 CERTIFICATION PROCEDURE

Our fees include implementation of your EMS against ISO 14001 requirements by our ISO certification consultants, who will work with you through the project and beyond.

Formal

Quotation

We will assist with internal audits and actively support you during the stage 1 and stage 2 certification audits.

Certification

Audit

Post certification we will help you to successfully maintain your certifications. With internal audits, management reviews, compliance for surveillance audits and re-certification. 

Ongoing

Support

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We establish the size & scope of the project by working with you to understand your overall business needs, your expectations and how implementing the ISO standard can help you. We also take a look at your existing certifications to identify opportunities to integrate management systems & lower your total cost of ownership.

Initial

Review

Implementation includes full gap analysis & review alongside regulatory compliance & industry standards. We assist with development of policies & processes and staff training plus pre-certification audit

Start of

Project

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You are now a certified business!

Congratulations!

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The breadth of the Fortis service portfolio enables us to offer a variety of solutions to help our clients achieve the environmental management standard they need to operate with confidence.

From a simple one-off gap analysis against ISO 14001, through to complex multi-standard integrated management systems, Fortis offers comprehensive certification services that can be tailored to suit your organisation’s specific requirements.

Fortis can continue to work with your organisation beyond certification via the Fortis Stay Certified Service (SCS) which supports the ongoing maintenance and assurance of your EMS and ensures that your certification is retained during annual surveillance and re-certification cycles.

LEVELS OF SERVICE
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SPECIFICS OF ISO 14001 CERTIFICATION

Context

Understanding your organisation and its context

Understanding the needs and expectations of stakeholders

Determining the scope of your EMS

Leadership

Demonstrating leadership and commitment to your organisation’s EMS​

Establishing and communicating environmental policies and setting objectives

Assigning organisational roles, responsibilities, and authorities

Planning

Carrying out an environmental risk assessment

Addressing environmental aspects of risks and opportunities, in addition to compliance obligations

Setting measurable environmental objectives and planning how to achieve them

Support

Reviewing the resources and competencies needed to effectively implement, manage, and improve your organisation’s EMS

Ensuring awareness and communication relating to environmental policies and objectives

Creating, controlling, and updating documented information relating to the EMS

Operation

Planning, implementing, and controlling the processes needed to meet the outcomes of the environmental risk assessment

Implementing plans for emergency preparedness and response

Performance evaluation

Monitoring, measuring, analysing and evaluating the effectiveness of your EMS, including compliance

Conducting an internal audit programme to ensure the EMS conforms the organisation’s own requirements and those of the International Standard

Carrying out regular management reviews of your EMS

Improvement

Identifying nonconformities and any associated corrective actions

Continually improving the suitability, adequacy, and effectiveness of your organisation’s EMS

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