The ISO 14000 standards offer practical tools that organisations can use to reduce their environmental impact. The benefits of ISO 14001 include:
- Reduced cost of waste management.
- Savings in consumption of energy and materials.
- Lower distribution costs.
- Improved corporate image among regulators, customers and the public.
- A framework for continual improvement of environmental performance.
One World supports the ISO 14001 Environmental management system in the following ways:
ISO 14001 Section 4.2 – Environmental Policy
Top management shall define the organisation’s environmental policy and ensure that it:
- Is appropriate to the nature, scale and environmental impacts of its activities, products or services.
- Includes a commitment to continual improvement and prevention of pollution.
- Includes a commitment to comply with relevant environmental legislation and regulations.
- Provides the framework for setting and reviewing environmental objectives and targets.
- Is documented, implemented and maintains and communicated to all employees.
One World provides a framework from which to evaluate an organisations activities in terms of environmental impact. One World also communicates and fosters commitment to the environmental policy within employees and relevant stakeholders.
ISO 14001 Section 4.3.1 Environmental Aspects
The organisation shall establish and maintain procedures to identify the environmental aspects of its activities, products or services that it can control and over which it can be expected to have influence, in order to determine those which have or can have significant impacts on the environment.
One World explores how organisations and mankind impact upon the environment through numerous examples.
ISO 14001 Section 4.3.2 Legal and other Requirements
The organisation shall establish and maintain a procedure to identify and have access to legal and other requirements to which the organisation subscribes, that are applicable to the environmental aspects of its activities, products and services.
One World communicates the risks associated with failing to comply with legal and regulatory requirements, as well as the risks associated with ignoring sustainability efforts.
ISO 14001 Section 4.3.3 Targets and Objectives
The organisation shall establish and maintain documented environmental objectives and targets, at each relevant function and level within the organisation. The objectives and targets shape be consistent with the environmental policy, including the commitment to prevention of pollution.
One World communicates the targets and objectives of the ISO 14001 to employees and stakeholders.
ISO 14001 Section 4.4.2 Training and Awareness
In terms of ISO 14001, the organisation call identify training needs. It shall require that all personnel, whose work may create a significant impact on the environment, have received appropriate training. It shall establish and maintain producers to make its employees or members at each relevant function and level aware of:
- The importance of conformance with the environmental policy and procedures and with the requirements of the environmental management system.
- The significant environmental impacts, actual or potential of their work activities and the environmental benefits of improved personal performance.
- Their roles and responsibilities in achieving conformance with the environmental policy and procedures.
- the potential consequences of departure from specific operating procedures.
Training is important for two reasons:
- Employee action might have an impact on the environment.
- Employees are a useful resources for generating ideas about establishing operational control for a process, defining environmental aspects, or defining structural responsibilities.
One World is offered is 3 different formats, each delivering a depth and knowledge as per the requirements of the audience and organisation. In terms of the defined roles as per the ISO 14001 standard, the following One World formats are aligned to the following roles:
ISO 14001:2015 Amendments
Amendments to ISO 14001 were made in 2015 to include the following:
- Increased prominence of environmental management within the organisation’s strategic planning processes
- Greater focus on leadership.
- Addition of proactive initiatives to protect the environment from harm and degradation, such as sustainable resource use and climate change mitigation.
- Improving environmental performance.
- Lifecycle thinking when considering environmental aspects.
- Addition of a communications strategy.
One World supports all of these amendments, and includes change management, innovation and responsible leadership.