Step 6 - ISO 14001: Environmental Management System

What is an ISO?

Within an industrial organisation, as we are at Lil Packaging, we are defined by our processes. Manufacturers pride themselves on streamlining their methodologies to fit ideologies that work in tandem with brand perception. Whether this be efficiency, cost-reduction, reliability, safety, eco-friendliness, etc.

Though companies are free to pursue their own interests in these directions, there is inevitably a requirement to comply with specified regulations. In order to ensure a base-level of standards are followed, individually numbered ISO certifications are attributed to corporations that are proved to have complied with the International Organization of Standardization’s process-specific requirements.

In doing so, companies can proudly prove ISO compliance to upstream partners within the supply chain. Many corporations implement internal policies that require ISO certification, as a way of ensuring the quality, efficiency and ethical legitimacy of the products that are supplied. This is especially important for international trade, due to laws that vary country-to-country.

A good example of this would be ISO 19600, a standard that ensures the non-inclusion of slave labour in a company’s process. This is important, due to the obviously abhorrent act of making individuals work against their will, but also because this act is not legally enforced in certain countries. If a company can align itself with ISO 19600, even if it is in one of these countries, international corporations can purchase from them with the peace of mind, knowing that slavery does not exist in their supply chain.

ISO 14001

It will be of no surprise that, while all standards of safety and ethics are followed, Lil Packaging have worked hard to ensure that directives focused on enhancing efficiency and minimal carbon production are strictly followed. One such standardisation is ISO 14001.

ISO 14001 states requirements for an ISO-approved Environmental Management System. This provides guidelines for the efficient use of resources and reduction of waste in a holistic manner. Holistic meaning that these actions are undertaken in such a way that they affect the entirety of operations, not focusing on production but also covering other areas of the business. This covers issues such as air/soil pollution, water and sewage issues, waste management and resource usage/efficiency.

Benefits of meeting these requirements are many and not only limited to lowering a business' carbon footprint. Working towards these goals requires the actions of upper management, but those of every employee. This responsibility of working together towards a common goal offers the opportunity of strengthening team relationships at every level of operations.

Participation in ISO 14001 also encourages all organisations that are in contact with Lil to follow in our footsteps. We can’t make it clear enough, talking about the steps that we have taken towards Zero Carbon is in no way intended to be boastful. Working alone will change nothing, we all must communicate, inspire and implement change to make a meaningful, positive impact upon planet Earth.

To learn more about implementing ISO 14001 into your operations, read more here.

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