A great advantage of a management system based on ISO-standards is that they are also based on the same requirement structure. This means you can seamlessly integrate a Quality Management System (eg ISO 9001) with an Environmental Management System (eg ISO 14001). By doing this, you will have an integrated management system that you can further build upon.
Evelina Hessling, a consultant at 2c8, describes how customers more often take into account the requirements of ISO 14001 in their existing Quality Management System:
– Since you already have a Quality Management System in place, it means that most of the processes are already mapped. This way, it is much easier to start an environmental investigation where you further optimize the processes but from the environmental requirements, says Evelina.