Environmental management system ISO 14001

Certificazione sistema di Gestione Ambientale ISO 14001Environmental awareness and attention that most companies are familiar with induces them to analyze and check their own direct or indirect environmental impacts, and to invest resources that permit them to work in order to prevent possible accidents, to reduce costs and to react promptly to emergency situations.
ISO 14001 is a regulation applicable to any type of organization, public or private, that specifies requirements of an Environment management system. Adopting this system and obtaining the certification is a strategic choice that requires financial investment and organizational effort of reasonable dimensions which pays back remarkably. The company, having obtained ISO 14001, declares a serious commitment to environmental safeguards fostering territorial integration and improving relationships with public authorities and local communities. Finally, proper environmental management strongly influences the product image or service offered and can become a fundamental factor in consumers’ choice.

The benefits of ISO 14001:

  • Supervision and reduction of environmental impact;
  • Resources Management efficiency and waste disposal;
  • Cost reduction (energy consumption control, raw materials, waste disposal costs);
  • Positive increase of company reputation towards Institutions and consumers;
  • Streamlined procedures related to authorizations issued by Authorities;
  • Special terms access to financial procedures;
  • Reduction in resource misuse;
  • Better ability to adhere to legal requirements;
  • possibility of competing in foreign markets with an objective warranty of organization quality;
  • more likeliness of winning national and international tenders;
  • reduction of bank guarantee  in public contracts;
  • more possibility of getting clients;
  • improvement of the company image;
  • monitoring and cost-cutting.

The most important parts of the certification process are:

  • Definition of the purpose of certification;
  • Pre-audit (optional); Gap-analysis and diagnosis of current situation in comparison to standards. The objective is to evaluate the conformity of process to the requirements of Quality Assurance. The main phases of Gap analysis include:
    • Purpose definition;
    • Audit;
    • Non-conformity reports and opportunities for improvement ;
  • Certification audit divided into two steps:
    • Step 1: Certification preparation revision;
    • Step 2: Certification preparation evaluation.
  • Certificate issue, valid for three years;
  • Monitoring audit, in order to check the conformity maintenance is kept up to standard and continuous improvement;
  • Three year validity - when expired, the certificate can be renewed in accordance with the abovementioned procedure.