ISO 14001 Certification

ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management System

ISO 14001 is an internationally recognised Environmental Management Systems standard designed to optimise your organisation’s environmental performance and minimise your environmental impact. The ISO 14001 standard provides a framework that organisations can follow to manage both their environmental responsibilities and risks, while outlining new, innovative environmental objectives. In the process of working toward these new effective environmental objectives, you’re actively improving the organisation’s environmental performance that can deliver a higher quality of products and services to customers, all the while minimising the environmental impact of your operations.

Best Practice is JAS-ANZ accredited certification body that is happy to provide both electronic and in-person certification to this environmental standard.

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How Do You Get Certified To ISO 14001?

STEP 1
Optional Gap Analysis

Performed by Best Practice, we evaluate your management system to each clause of the relevant standard. This will identify the level of compliance that your existing management system has.

Best Practice provides an assessment report outlining any faults in your management system that needs to be addressed prior to certification.

STEP 2
Stage 1 Assessment

The evaluation of your management system documentation, including policies, processes, management review records, scope and context as well as system implementation.

This sets the foundation for the stage two assessment.

STEP 3
Stage 2 Assessment

Best Practice needs to verify that the documented requirements of the standard are implemented across your business.

During an E-Audit an assessor will remotely partake in discussions with relevant individuals in your business.

Your management system is assessed and verified as being implemented. 

STEP 4
Certification

Once your stage two assessment is verified and the process is complete, a 'Statement of Certification' is issued, confirming compliance with the relevant standard.

This certification is valid for a three-year period from the date of issue.

Regular surveillance assessments will be performed at a minimum of once every 12 months to maintain your certification.

How Do You Get Certified To ISO 14001?

STEP 1
Optional Gap Analysis

Performed by Best Practice, we evaluate your management system to each clause of the relevant standard. This will identify the level of compliance that your existing management system has.

Best Practice provides an assessment report outlining any faults in your management system that needs to be addressed prior to certification.

STEP 2
Stage 1 Assessment

The evaluation of your management system documentation, including policies, processes, management review records, scope and context as well as system implementation.

This sets the foundation for the stage two assessment.

STEP 3
Stage 2 Assessment

Best Practice needs to verify that the documented requirements of the standard are implemented across your business.

During an E-Audit an assessor will remotely partake in discussions with relevant individuals in your business.

Your management system is assessed and verified as being implemented. 

STEP 4
Certification

Once your stage two assessment is verified and the process is complete, a 'Statement of Certification' is issued, confirming compliance with the relevant standard.

This certification is valid for a three-year period from the date of issue.

Regular surveillance assessments will be performed at a minimum of once every 12 months to maintain your certification.

What is ISO 14001?

The Environmental Management System standard, ISO 14001:2015, when implemented, is a strategic activity that helps manage environmental aspects, fulfil compliance obligations, and address risks and opportunities throughout your operations. It’s an effective environmental management standard that asks you to identify areas in which you can minimise your environmental impact and address these to spark a cycle of continuous improvement in the context of your environmental objectives. This will improve environmental problem areas, risks and even identify potential avenues of opportunity in your organisation.

As a part of the ISO family of standards, ISO 14001 can easily be integrated with other management system standards, most commonly ISO 9001, to ensure that you’re delivering quality products and services that take into account a range of environmental aspects.

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What Are The Benefits Of Being ISO 14001 Certified?

The benefits of being certified to the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System standard include:

✔  Tender for work – Declare conformance with the standard and tender for work, including government contracts​ and large corporate jobs previously reserved for ISO 14001-certified organisations.
✔  Improve environmental risks or problem areas in your organisation.
✔  Giving your organisation a competitive advantage with certification to a globally recognised Environmental Management System.
✔  Deploying the environmental management principles to minimise the environmental impact of your products and services.
✔  Increased business performance, strategic vision and planning.
✔  Provide evidence for stakeholders – Enhance your reputation by providing formal recognition of your management processes to customers and interested stakeholders.
✔  Reduced exposure to risks and opportunities to identify and plan for these risks through internal audits.
✔  Inspiring customer confidence & meet customer expectations of environmental goals.
✔  Legal compliance – Provide evidence your organisation meets regulatory requirements, as ISO 14001 mandates your organisation must meet legal obligations.
✔  Improve products and services – Create efficiencies and ensure continuous improvement of your product or services with the Plan, Do, Check, Act cycle, an integral element of ISO standards.​
✔  Create your marketing advantage – Create a competitive advantage and marketing opportunity as certification can be a key differentiator in today’s challenging marketplace.

Why is ISO 14001 Certification Important?

The buying public’s sentiment toward sustainability and environmental concerns from the vendors they’re purchasing has changed dramatically in recent years, and is set to continue to grow exponentially. While some customers will persist in their search for the cheapest price, overall, organisations that display a commitment to achieving environmental goals as they move into the future are much more resilient organisations. With ISO 14001 certification, you develop an effective environmental management plan that you can give your organisation the edge it needs to overcome the competition, allowing you to stand out as one of the industry’s environmental leaders.

That’s why it’s imperative that your organisation is able to outline its environmental objectives and display evidence of the work put in to minimise its environmental impact with a system like ISO 14001. Being certified to the ISO 14001 family of standards displays to your stakeholders that you take environmental management seriously, which is topical in a modern business context, as well as enabling your organisation to bid on projects that it wasn’t previously able to, such as large-scale, government or council tenders.

Why Do I Have To Get ISO 14001 Certified?

There’s no mandate for organisations to get ISO 14001 certification, however, more proactive organisations will see the value in getting certified to show their clients and suppliers they take environmental concerns seriously, as well as being able to bid on large tenders that often require organisations to be certified. A number of large-scale and government tenders are made available only to organisations that have been certified to an environmental management system like ISO 14001.

In the process of your internal audit to the ISO 14001 family of environmental standards, you’ll be asked to display evidence of your commitment to minimising your environmental impact throughout your supply chain. The simple act of taking time out and analysing areas of your organisation for its environmental impacts often proves invaluable when it comes to looking for areas that can spark continuous improvement in all areas; not just your environmental considerations. This monitoring and measurement of core aspects of your operations acts to reinforce your environmental objectives, and the ISO’s reinforcement of risk-based thinking means that your organisation will benefit from more strategic management strategies, in line with the environmental management principles.

These ensure that as you move forward and make changes in your organisation, the quality of your product or services is not impacted by the fact you’re attempting to minimise its environmental impact and strive for further continuous improvement.

What Are The Requirements of ISO 14001?

The ISO 14001 family requires your organisation to take into account environmental concerns to minimise its footprint. This can be inside the organisation or extend to suppliers, as well as the end deliverable. To implement ISO 14001, the requirements are broken down into clauses that provide the framework for your management system. Meeting these requirements shows to the certification body that you have met the international standard governing environmental management, and that your operations deliver upon environmental goals and a commitment to minimise its environmental impacts.

The clauses are Context of the Organization (clause 4), Leadership (clause 5), Planning (clause 6), Support (clause 7), Operation (clause 8), Performance Evaluation (clause 9) and Improvement (clause 10).

ISO 14001:2015 follows the new structure of ISO standards, Annex SL, and can be seamlessly integrated into any of the existing ISO family of international standards like ISO 9001, 45001 or 27001. 

Why Choose Best Practice?

✔  Passionate. Best Practice exists to inspire customer confidence in your business. We’re passionate about improving organisations by making them efficient, fun, profitable, safe and environmentally friendly.

✔  Growth Focused. We help make your company a more attractive prospect to buy from, work at or invest in. As a result, this is embedded in everything we do to support you.

✔  Supportive. Our experienced team will be with you every step of the way. We partner with growth-focused organisations to provide support pre certification and support you past achieving certification.

✔  Progressive. We’re not like other certification bodies; we want to genuinely add value to your organisation, not just tick a box. We provide in-depth and practical support from an experienced team that will allow you to grow beyond certification.

✔  Free Training. We provide world-class online ISO training for your whole organisation, including weekly webinars, podcasts, industry newsletters and business.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The certification process has four steps.

  1. Gap Analysis (optional): The process begins with an optional gap analysis to evaluate your Environmental Management System against each clause of ISO 14001.
  2. Stage One: The mandatory first step is an assessment of your management system documentation to evaluate it against the standard, including policies, processes, management review records, scope and context. It sets the basis for Stage Two.
  3. Stage Two: Stage two assessment is the final step of the initial certification process. To achieve certification, we need to check that the documented requirements of the standard are implemented across the business. We visit your offices and sites, as well as discuss your system with relevant people in your business.
  4. Certification: Once your stage two assessment is verified and the process is complete, a ‘Statement of Certification’ is issued, confirming compliance with the relevant standard.​ This certification is valid for a three-year period from the date of issue.

Surveillance assessments will need to be performed on a regular basis to maintain your certification.

Contact us with any questions you may have, or to find out more about the certification process.

ISO 14001: 2015 is the latest version of ISO 14001, which has an increased emphasis on risk-based thinking in the context of environmental management in your organisation.

ISO 14001 training requires you to get an understanding of your organisation’s environmental impact and aims to introduce your organisation to new ways to operate that ultimately minimise its footprint.

You’ll learn new ways of monitoring and measuring environmental impacts, as well as management strategies to minimise your environmental impact.

Once you are ISO 14001 certified, your certification expires three years after your certification has been approved. For ISO 14001 certification you will need regular audits to maintain your certification and keep it valid, known as surveillance audits. This is only applicable to IAF (International Accreditation Forum) certifications.

There are four steps to getting ISO 14001:2015 certification:

  1. Gap Analysis (optional): The process begins with an optional gap analysis to evaluate your management system against each clause of ISO 14001:2015.
  2. Stage One: The mandatory first step is a desktop assessment to evaluate your management system documentation, including policies, processes, management review records, scope and context as well as system implementation.
  3. Stage Two: Stage two assessment is the final step of the initial certification process. To achieve certification against your systems, we need to verify that the documented requirements of the standard are implemented across the business. We visit your offices and premises as well as partake in discussions with relevant individuals in your business.
  4. Certification: Once your stage two assessment is verified and the process is complete, a ‘Statement of Certification’ is issued, confirming compliance with the relevant standard.​ This certification is valid for a three-year period from the date of issue.

You can transfer your ISO 14001 certification to Best Practice seamlessly. We will continue your current certification schedule, contact us for an obligation free quote.

Why Best Practice?

  • We work to understand your business. We provide meaningful observations. It’s more than just compliance or non-conformance for us.
  • We provide you with support services. We help grow and continually improve your business with training, webinars, YouTube videos and our industry magazine, Certified.
  • We have no hidden fees. Our rates are all-inclusive and transparent. We don’t have any hidden reporting, travel or preparation fees.
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