One of the most vital management issue faced by businesses is controlling the impact of their products and services on the environment. Handling this issue properly ensures that operations not only remain sustainable but also allow to preserve the precious resources. The ISO 14001 Environmental Management System Standard has been currently reviewed to meet recent market practices.
ISO 14001 Environmental management systems is an ISO most widely used standard. As all ISO standards are reviewed every five years to estimate that whether any revision is required to keep it current in the marketplace or not, so ISO 14001 was also revised to 14001:2015 in respond to the latest trends and to ensure its compatibility with other management system standards.
The major changes made to the ISO 14001 environmental management systems are related to increased prominence of environmental management within the organization’s planning processes, proactive initiatives taken to protect the environment from harm and degradation like climate change mitigation and sustainable use of the resource, major focus on leadership, improvement in the environmental performance along with inclusion of communications strategy.
After the revision, the organizations are granted a three-year transition period to switch their environmental management system to the new edition of the standard. After this transition period, companies that choose third-party certification will need to update as the latest version of the standard. The former version will be outdated, though certification is not compulsory but they need to start planning for transition.
Transition to the revised ISO 14001 needs to be completed within September 15, 2018 and there are several ISO consultants operating that provide assistance to businesses in all steps of their journey, as right from providing them knowledge about the changes to complete the transition audit, everything will be well explained to them in detail.