ISO stands for the International Organization for Standardization. It is an independent non-governmental organization that develops and publishes International Standards that provide a framework to ensure that material, products, processes and services are fit for their purposes.
ISO is a systematic approach that provides a framework to continually improve an organization’s quality/environmental/health/safety position and performance using a risk-based approach to build success over the long term. Integrating an ISO management system into business processes, strategic direction and decision making will effectively address risks and leverage new opportunities.
ISO standards are not just for large corporations, many small and medium enterprises apply ISO management systems to their businesses to compete with large enterprises, comply with regulations and create and enter new markets.
Will your business be around in 15, 50 or 100 years? The business environment is constantly changing; continual improvement prevents your business from being static/stasis by fostering innovation. This can involve applying best practice to improve business operations improvements, such as cost savings and efficient use of resource waste and energy management.
ISO 14001 is a framework that enables a company to effectively and systematically manage all environmental issues that affect its operations such as water, sewage, air pollution, waste management, climate change mitigation, resource use and efficiency. You cannot manage what you cannot measure. ISO 14001 enables environmental impact to be measured so that organizations can improve their environmental performance such as efficient use of resources and reduction of waste through continual improvement. Many users of the 14001 standard have reported:
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