Uganda’s manufacturing industry has grown over the years as the country takes strides towards economic growth. This positive development has however come at a cost. The rise in the number of economic activities in the country especially through industrialization has increased the strain on natural resources and the environment.
This has created a need for businesses, especially in the industrial sector to carefully control the negative impact of their operations on the environment. Whilst some businesses have made efforts to limit the negative impact, many have ignored pleas from environmentalists to conserve the environment.
Multitudes of solutions have been proposed and made available to Ugandan industrialists to help mitigate environmental degradation, one such solution is ISO 14001, an international standard that defines the requirements for an effective environmental management system.
ISO 14001 concerns itself with guiding organizations on how they can best manage their processes to ensure efficient usage of the environment and natural resources. It sets the framework to be used organizations to design and implement an effective management system.
ISO 14001 can be integrated or implemented alongside other standards, especially ISO 9001 Quality Management System. This enables an organization to control its negative impact on the environment whilst ensuring quality is also maintained.
Implementing ISO 14001 comes with all-encompassing benefits; increased absorption of natural resources and minimized resource wastage, reduced costs of operation since wastage is minimized, and conformance to regulatory requirements. For a business operating in multiple locations, conformance to ISO 14001 can be leveraged to indicate a business has an effective environmental management system and thus eliminating trade barriers in the form of multiple verification and registration exercises.
Efficient usage of the environment and natural resources is achievable, especially through implementing an ISO 14001 Environmental Management System; contact us today to help you design and develop a system that seamlessly incorporates environment policies, objectives and measurable targets within your business processes.