ISO14001 Environmental Management
A UKAS Accredited Certification to ISO14001:2015 will demonstrate to your workforce, clients and other stakeholders that you and your business is committed to environmental sustainability. For businesses that use resources and create waste this is an essential tool to control and influence those inputs and outputs. Going further, if your business influences others through your designs, applications, maintenance and responsible recycling or disposure you will be seen as company worth working with.
Just like ISO9001:2015, clients are now demanding third party verification of their supply chain and this verification has to be credible. There is nothing better than an internationally recognised quality management system to ISO14001:2015 to achieve this environmental credibility check.
Here at Alpha Swanson we have over 20 years’ experience of working with environmental management systems and know what is expected by the standard and the certification bodies. We have helped many businesses across many sectors achieve this over the years, from the relatively new to the well-established.
While the standard is the same for all business’s, we build your system to reflect what you do and the expectations of your customers and key interested parties. If you are familiar with other ISO standards such ISO9001 then you will know what is involved to implement and maintain a system but if you are new to working with these standards you will have many questions.
Achieving ISO14001 certification can lead to the following benefits:
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Peter Drucker was arguably the world’s greatest management consultant and understood the need for measurement. One of his most well know quotes; “If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.” is a cornerstone of any successful business. Implementing an ISO management system creates the discipline to Plan, Do and Review, which will ultimately results in less waste and greater productivity.
In a competitive world where customers rely heavily on independent verification of an organisations credibility, nothing speaks louder than an internationally recognised standard. Having a UKAS Accredited Certification sets you apart from the those that do not and gives prospective clients the confidence to pick you as their partner of choice.
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Attracting new customers to your organisation is one thing but retaining them long term can be a different story. After the initial honeymoon phase, clients get to know how you respond to queries, concerns or even complaints. It is the way you respond that can make the difference to keeping them or giving them away to someone else. Having your processes built with the customer at the centre will ensure they remain with you long term.
Your reputation is key to your success, especially when you are competing for work. It’s a fact that people generally do business with others that they Know, Like and Trust. The discipline that ISO brings to you, your organisation and those that support you, rubs off. The power of an ISO Certification comes from the commitment of senior management and that coupled with an independent verification, adds a new level of credibility.
To quote Peter Drucker one more time, “One cannot manage change… One can only be ahead of it.” This lies at the heart of ISO and it will not rest. Once you decide to implement ISO you have committed to change. The Plan, Do, Check, Act cycle has begun and will become part of every decision you make. You will learn from mistakes and accept bad news because these are opportunities for improvement.
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Understanding how your business affects the environment and identifying ways to reduce this, has never been more important than it is now. Implementing an Environmental Management System (EMS) will help you do that, as well as to comply with applicable legislation. Alpha Swanson has extensive experience in helping organisations implement and improve Environmental Management Systems. We don’t provide off-the-shelf generic systems which can often result in the introduction of unnecessary red tape. We will work with you to understand your business and implement a bespoke system that reflects what you actually do.
Having a comprehensive EMS will enable you to achieve the international Environmental Management standard, ISO14001, which is fast becoming a ‘must have’ certification for successful businesses. As well as providing an all-important competitive advantage, it can also help you reduce costs. This is because improvements in environmental performance are often achieved by corresponding reductions in the use of energy, fuels, chemicals, etc.
At Alpha Swanson, we are advocates of an integrated approach to management systems, as long as this approach works for you. We can work with you to combine your new and/or existing systems, to produce a fully Integrated Management System (IMS). An IMS brings all your procedures, policies and documentation into one place, enabling you to access information and data more efficiently.Following successful certification, we have several options available to provide you with the support to maintain your system and certification. This leaves you free to concentrate on reaping the rewards of your investment in a UKAS accredited ISO14001 certification.
The best way to find out how we can add value to your business is to get in touch. Contact our friendly team to book your initial consultation where we’ll discuss your individual business requirements and create a bespoke proposal based on your needs.
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