Management Systems are the foundation of an organization’s
environmental program. ISO 14001:2015 has been released,
is your organization prepared to transition?
Unlike legal requirements, “other” requirements can include the growing number of large companies imposing sustainability demands on their suppliers, such as additional greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting and submitting proof of certification to ISO 14001. For organizations that are producing parts or products for multiple clients, identifying and then managing these additional supply chain requirements can be a daunting task. While Section 4.3.2 of ISO 14001 requires organizations to identify “other” requirements, Section 220.127.116.11 specifically requires organizations to evaluate their compliance with them. All too often the identification, management and evaluation of compliance of “other” requirements is given less attention as compared to their legal counterparts, resulting in a potential non-conformity.
Tavares Group Consulting Inc. has recently worked on a project to manage this exact issue for an automotive supplier client. The end result of this project was an easy to use audit protocol identifying the “other” requirements of over two dozen of our client’s major auto maker customers. This audit protocol will allow our client to demonstrate compliance with Sections 4.3.2 and 18.104.22.168 of ISO 14001, thereby reducing the risk of non-conformity. Using this audit protocol, the client now has a single tool to evaluate their compliance to their “other” requirements by answering a series of questions organized into the following categories: