Environment and Energy
Increasing environmental awareness in society also manifests itself within industry. Environmental care systems are implemented within these organisations as a direct result of company requirements set by the government and the fact that increasing numbers of businesses are endeavouring to improve their image and reinforce their market position.
The most important aim of the environmental care system is to determine your environmental obligations and objectives, realise them and then publicise this to your business peers. You can, however, benefit from the implementation of an environmental care system within your organisation in other ways too. Raising the environmental awareness of your organisation has a positive impact in relation to exterior parties and can open up new markets. The image of your company will indicate to customers that your environmental policy is structurally sound. Certification therefore has a commercial value for your organisation. In addition, you can also save waste and energy costs and improve communication with the government and governing bodies.
How do you become eligible?
In order to obtain ISO 14001 certification, your company must be assessed in terms of whether it is committed to continuous improvement, preventing environmental pollution and fulfilling statutory environmental requirements. You apply these and other requirements from ISO 14001 and monitor them via the creation of an environmental management system. You then have your system evaluated by an independent certification body such as TÜV NORD INTEGRA. If your environmental management system is deemed to be fulfilling the set norms, you will then be issued with an ISO 14001 certificate. Once the certificate has been awarded, regular (at least once a year) audits will be conducted in order to check that your system still fulfils the requirements.