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CSM top tip of the month: Using Hicomply to achieve ISO 14001 certification

Here’s everything you need to know about this key accreditation

Certification is essential for modern businesses, and ISO 14001 is one such standard that many organisations are encouraged to adhere to today – particularly if they wish to work within a broader ecosystem with other companies. ISO 14001 is the internationally recognised standard for environmental management systems (EMS), providing a framework for organisations to design and implement an EMS, and regularly improve overall environmental performance.

Understanding the importance of ISO 14001 highlights why achieving the standard is worth the effort, and what’s more, Hicomply’s holistic IMS platform can smooth the road to ISO 14001 accreditation and help your business tick every box.

The importance of ISO 14001

Organisations have a pivotal role to play in the global move towards sustainability. Increasingly, the working world is required to develop a growing sense of environmental conscience in the face of the climate crisis, resource depletion, and biodiversity loss. Without doubt, every business has a responsibility to act in an eco-friendly way.

ISO 14001 is a crucial tool in this process, helping to provide a framework and a structure within which businesses can begin to tackle their own shortcomings and put in place the steps that are needed to build sustainability credentials. Compliance with the ISO 14001 standard gives businesses a shorthand to communicate their commitment to both regulatory compliance and environmental improvement.

As well as boosting business reputation and fostering partner trust, ISO 14001 encourages a proactive approach to environmental management, which can in turn lead to tangible benefits like energy conservation, waste reduction, and lower costs.

Obtaining and maintaining ISO 14001 with Hicomply

While there are a number of environmental standards, ISO 14001 stands out by offering a holistic framework for an EMA and bringing together all aspects of an organisation’s environmental impact.

Hicomply’s comprehensive compliance platform makes it easy to manage and organise your business’ environmental responsibilities. Our intelligent EMS allows you to store policies, procedures, reports, and other essential documentation all in one place.

From the user dashboard, you can monitor your progress, manage operational costs, and organise key activities necessary to meet ISO 14001 requirements.

Seamlessly embedding ISO 14001

ISO 14001 is essential for businesses of all sizes and sectors who wish to reduce their environmental impact and demonstrate a commitment to sustainability. Its implementation can impact every aspect of your business, from waste and costs to workforce morale and efficiency.

According to Retail Times, 61% of UK consumers feel sustainability is more important to them now than it was two years ago, and this number is only set to rise. What’s more, 46% of consumers expect brands to take the lead of bringing about sustainable change, according to NielsenIQ.

The ISO 14001 certification is designed for green-minded organisations committed to protecting the planet and encouraging business growth, but embedding it into your platform can feel like a lot of hard work. Thankfully, Hicomply is here to help. We provide a fast, simple route to becoming ISO 14001 certified, making true sustainability more possible than ever before.

Hicomply: simple, automated, and tailored to you

Gaining ISO 14001 doesn’t just show that your organisation is doing all it can to reduce its environmental impact, energy usage, and use of natural resources. It also offers irrefutable proof that you are in control of all these elements, effectively minimising operational risk.

With Hicomply’s single, comprehensive solution, you can control all EMS-related documentation, track ongoing activities, update environmental controls simply, correct non-conformities, and provide environmental performance data.

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