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ISO 14001:2015 – Who Needs Environmental Management?

aa6efe67-5c6a-4d07-862e-1cb1ab7145a4-largeThe quality industry is buzzing this week as the International Organization for Standardization released the latest revision of the ISO 14001 environmental management standard.

“ISO 14001:2015 is an internationally agreed standard that sets out the requirements for an environmental management system. It helps organizations improve their environmental performance through more efficient use of resources and reduction of waste, gaining a competitive advantage and the trust of stakeholders”

Notable revisions per the news release include:

  • A greater commitment from leadership
  • An increased alignment with strategic direction
  • Greater protection for the environment, with a focus on proactive initiatives
  • More effective communication, driven through a communications strategy
  • Life-cycle thinking, considering each stage of a product or service, from development to end-of-life

With the latest release, ISO discussed the benefits of incorporating the standard.  Described as a way of helping organizations identify, manage, monitor and control their environmental issues in a holistic manner, issues considered include:

Earth Day 2015: Celebrating Sustainable & Socially Responsible Suppliers

Each year on April 22ndearth-day-e1429542414966-270x300, the world celebrates Earth Day.

“Events worldwide are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network and celebrated in more than 192 countries each year.” 

At Pro QC, we like Earth Day because it’s an opportunity to express our commitment to helping ensure sustainability and social responsibility within the supply chain.  Aside from reducing quality risks and cost, ensuring social responsibility improves quality of life and ultimately affects the quality of products being produced as well. 80% of CEOs recently surveyed agree that ensuring social responsibility contributes to long-term success.  Environmental leadership is considered compatible with good returns.

Standards including SA 8000, ISO 26000 and ISO 14000 are generally incorporated into SR audits. A social responsibility audit can be included in a general systems audit for an added level of assurance.

Investing in Sustainability & Social Responsibility

A recent TED Talk that caught our attention includes Chris McKnett making a solid case for investing in sustainability.  In fact, several TED related talks focus on this topic and do an exceptional job demonstrating the benefits of this long-term strategy.

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In McKnett’s talk, he highlights three additional components to sustainable investing that add to the commonly accepted and used financial indicators. He prefaces the discussion effectively disputing many of the common objections we hear.  He argues sustainability and sustainable investing is “less complicated than you think, has better performance than you can believe and is more important than we can imagine.”