Why we think ISO 14001 is important for sustainability

Posted on May 24, 2021 in General Info

ISO 14001

How do you deal with growing environmental challenges?

It’s one of the biggest questions facing the corporate world at the moment.

Here at Protech we are embracing ISO 14001 to reduce waste, gain a competitive edge, and woo customers and investors.

It’s a big change from “Band-Aid” environmental management, where companies just met legal standards.

In contrast, the new standard encourages companies to systematically manage environmental responsibilities to promote sustainable growth.

Below, we’ll look at how ISO 14001 affects your sustainability efforts:

Why is the new ISO 14001:2015 standard so important?

The new ISO 14001:2015 revision turns environmental management from a “checkbox” to a core business component like finance, marketing, or HR.

These changes reflect a shift in sustainability thinking. Businesses are waking up to the importance of “holistic” environmental management.

We see a lot of difficult discussions on climate change, we see a lot of challenges for property managers to meet expectations.

Protech have found ISO 14001 lays out a framework for an environmental management system (EMS).

An environmental management system helps us identify, track, and control our environmental issues. Everything from air pollution, to waste management, to resource efficiency is considered in the company’s strategic planning process.

How does ISO 14001:2015 change corporate sustainability?

Naturally, this approach requires a top-down commitment. As part of the 2015 revision, ISO 14001 underlines the importance of leadership involvement. The Directors at Protech Property Solutions takes the company’s impact on the environment very seriously and works within the ISO 14001 framework to reduce or offset this impact.

The new ISO 14001 also emphasizes the need for continual improvement. Instead of just looking good on paper, Protech takes a proactive approach to sustainability. By implementing the ISO 14001 standard, we are able to document our methods and show measurable improvement.

Finally, the new standard encourages greater involvement and communication with stakeholders. That translates to more trust and a better corporate reputation.

Similarly, expect companies who use ISO 14001 to nudge suppliers to do the same. It’s the snowball effect: consumers push companies to care about CSR, and companies turn to their supply chain to be more sustainable.

Final thoughts

The standard for environmental compliance directors: ISO 14001 doesn’t just promote sustainability within a single business, it’s driving a global shift in attitudes.

For more information on our Environmental Management System visit Protech EMS.