With nearly 380 000 employees and serving clients in more than 175 countries, IBM is the world’s largest technology services company. IBM has a global EMS, which is underpinned by ISO 14001. The company believes that this standard has enabled sustained performance and achievements including: Energy and climate:Between 1990 and 2014, IBM’s conservation efforts avoided 6.8 million […]
The Lincoln Electric Company of Canada, a large multinational employing over 10,000 staff, has a Welding wire and manufacturing plant in Toronto, Ontario. The plant has three divisions housed in one facility, each with different energy needs. Two divisions produce steel welding wire, and the third makes industrial welding machines. Lincoln Electric sells diesel-driven DC […]
Danper is a large agro-exporter company in Peru, with total revenues of USD 88 million in 2010, derived almost entirely from exports to the USA, Europe and other markets. Asparagus and artichokes are by far the most important produce, and its business comprises of three major lines; preserved good, (77% of sales), fresh produce (21%) […]
The UK Environment Agency recognises the value of accredited certification to ISO 14001 in providing an indication of a business’ commitment to meeting its environmental obligations. Businesses with accredited certification to ISO 14001 receive credit under the Integrated Pollution and Prevention and Control legislation resulting in reduced environmental levies for businesses and reduced inspection requirements […]
Drawing on data provided by a survey of North American managers, their attitudes toward EMS and ISO 14001, this study assesses the relative effects of having a formal but uncertified EMS compared to having a formal, certified system. The results strongly demonstrate that firms in possession of a formal EMS perceive impacts well beyond pollution […]
Research conducted on American manufacturing organisations demonstrates that ISO 14001 certification leads to lower waste rates when compared with companies that do not have ISO 14001 certification. The research showed that ISO 14001 drives tangible improvements in a companies environmental performance and the more waste that is generated, the higher the impact of the certification. The […]
Research of ISO 14001 certified organisation in Austria (Schylander and Martinuzzi, 2007) concluded that ISO 14001 often leads to reduced environmental impact, especially in waste management. ISO 14001 also had a positive impact on the company’s image. The average payback time on an investment in an environmental management systems was less than two years. A […]
A comprehensive literature review of 82 scientific studies relating to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 (Tari, Molina-Azorin and Heras, 2012) concludes that both management system standards provide clear benefits on operational. people and customer performance. Download a copy of the review.
Research carried out with managers from North America (Melnyk, Sroufw and Calantone, 2003) found that firms that have gone through Environmental Management Systems certification experience a greater impact on performance that firms that have not. A copy of the report is available here.
The effects of ISO 14001 certification on financial performance were investigated by tracking the financials of publicly traded US firms between 1996 and 2005 (De Jong, Paulraj and Blome, 2014). The results demonstrated that ISO 14001 certification shows a significant financial improvement, especially in the long term. A full copy of the report is available […]
The financial performance of companies with and without ISO 14001 environmental management system certification was investigated using data on 552 publicly traded Brazilian companies between 1996 and 2008 (Ferron et al. 2012). The results indicated that firms with accredited certification to ISO 14001 tended to be more profitable than those without certification. A full copy of […]
Empirical data collected from a large-scale survey of Australian firms was analysed to research the perceived benefits (i.e. environmental, social, and market) following the adoption of ISO 14001 (Prajogo, Tang, and Lai, 2012). The investigation concluded that the results indicate that external motives for ISO 14001 certification enhance social and market positioning, whereas internal motives […]
73 Chinese manufacturing firms were examined, by longitudinal data from 2009 to 2012, to investigate the effects of ISO 9001 certification in their sustainability goals (Wang, Lin, and Weber, 2016). It was found that ‘companies with certified management standards gain higher efficiency in pursuing their sustainability goals than those that are not certified. Moreover, firms […]
A study was conducted by Monash University’s Department of Management in the Faculty of Business and Economics, aimed to investigate the perceptions of Australian and New Zealand businesses with respect to the drivers for the adoption of the ISO 14001 environmental system standard. The report concluded that the benefits of accredited certification to this standard included […]
This publication is intended to assist businesses and individuals to demonstrate the tangible benefits that standards bring to organisations – and, more generally, to citizens and society, by: Highlighting how standards create value for the organizations that use them, and how we calculate the value of standards, and Providing factsheets of case studies that quantify […]