In a previous post I provided an overview of the environmental management system ISO 14001, discussing its purpose and the procedure needed to be taken so as to achieve certification. An extensive description of objectives and targets can be found here.
As a brief reminder, ISO 14001 is has a dual purpose. At a corporate level, it aims to help organisations regulate and reduce their environmental impact while improving their management control.
From a societal point of view, the goal is to promote sustainability, encouraging global trade by creating an ‘internationally legitimized system of standardization’ (Bansal and Hunter, 2002).
This article, written by guest blogger Charles El-Zeind, focuses on the benefits that arise for businesses that obtain the ISO 14001 certificate.
The benefits for firms that implement ISO 14001 can be divided into two categories.
ISO 14001 – Image benefits
There is an obvious metamorphosis on the image of a company becoming environmentally friendly. This kind of transition is a form of declaration that a business embraces environmental performance as an important aspect of their culture.
ISO 14001 – Economic benefits
From a financial perspective, businesses that get the ISO 14001 certificate can experience greater profit due to cuts on expenses as a result of:
It is therefore clear that by implementing ISO 14001 in a company’s strategy offers many benefits. Obtaining the ISO 14001 certification also signifies the desire of a company to discard the notion of ‘profit for profit’ which has characterised the industrial world for so many years.
Do It Yourself
The do-it-yourself manual, with steps to success and simple explanatory notes, designed for real companies. ISO 14001 Environmental Certification Step by Step has been written with smaller companies especially in mind. Dr. A.J. Edwards explains how to achieve the ISO 14001 standard aided by resources freely available from the accompanying website, including a sample manual and detailed sample registers and procedures. ISO 14001 Environmental Certification Step by Step: Revised Edition
Charles El-Zeind is passionate about communicating environmental issues such as climate change and sustainability. Charles is currently involved in a grassroots community project with the Fiveways and Hollingdean Transition Network and writes regularly for the Sustainable Business Toolkit. He holds a bachelor degree from the University of Brighton in Environment and Media Studies.