Implementing ISO 14001 Environmental Management

Step 2: Implementation

You need to:

  • Complete the optional BSI ISO 14001 self-assessment questionnaire to evaluate how much of the work you’ve completed to meet certification requirements and what is still left to do
  • Ensure your organization understands the principles of ISO 14001, the roles individuals they’ll need to play and review your activities and processes against the standard

We help you to:

Are you ready for implementation?

Effective environmental management becomes easier with buy-in from your whole business. And we understand that each organisation – large or small – is at a different stage with their environmental plans. That’s why we offer service packages that are as unique as you. An ISO 14001 package can include specific services that your business needs to achieve world-class environmental management – cutting the cost of services you don’t need and overcoming particular challenges.

We’ll help you shape an ISO 14001 Project Plan, working with the systems you already have in place. And we’ll help you guide your whole business through the implementation process.   

Who is relevant to ISO 14001?

Environmental impact is becoming an increasingly important issue across the globe, with pressure to minimize that impact coming from a number of sources, including: local and national governments, regulators, trade associations, customers, employees and shareholders.

Social pressures are also building up from the growing array of interested parties, such as consumer, environmental and minority non-governmental organizations (NGOs), academia and neighbours.

ISO 14001 is relevant to every organization, including:

  • Single site to large multi-national companies 
  • High risk companies to low risk service organizations
  • Manufacturing, process and the service industries; including local governments 
  • All industry sectors including public and private sectors 
  • Original equipment manufacturers and their suppliers

Top tips for implementing ISO 14001

  1. Get commitment and support from senior management.
  2. Engage the whole business with good internal communication.
  3. Compare your existing quality systems with ISO 14001 requirements.
  4. Get customer and supplier feedback on current environmental management.
  5. Establish an implementation team to get the best results.
  6. Map out and share roles, responsibilities and timescales.
  7. Adapt the basic principles of environmental management to your business.
  8. Motivate staff involvement with training and incentives.
  9. Share ISO 14001 knowledge and encourage staff to train as internal auditors.
  10. Regularly review your ISO 14001 system to make sure you are continually improving it.   

ISO 14001 for small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs)

ISO 14001 Environmental Management provides equal benefits for businesses of all sizes. Introduce the world-class management system to your business and you’ll reduce your environmental impact – giving you greater commercial opportunities now and in the future. 

Small businesses that work with us can achieve the same results from environmental management as larger companies.