ISO 14031 is a performance management system that gives businesses advice and guidance on how to identify environmental indicators. These can then be used to evaluate environmental performance.
What is ISO 14031?
ISO 14031 is an environmental performance management system. It gives businesses advice and guidance on how to identify environmental indicators. These indicators are used to measure performance. The collection and assessment of data and information is a main factor in this performance management system.
Aims of ISO 14031:
The aim is to provide an evaluation of the current environmental situation, and provide indications on how trends develop over time. In this way the performance management system is different to an environmental audit.
Environmental audits only provide information on one specific point in time. ISO 14031 is tool for businesses with and EMS to help measure success. It can also be a guide to small businesses that do not have an EMS. They can identify environmental issues and criteria without the need to pay consultation or ISO certification fees.
ISO 14031 performance management system guidance:
ISO 14031 will provide business guidance on:
- Design and development of environmental performance programmes
- Establishing environmental indicators in management, operation and environment
- Collecting, analysing and evaluating data
- Reporting success to management, employees and stakeholders
- Reviewing and improving the performance management system
Benefits of ISO 14031 performance management system:
There are many benefits for businesses to use ISO 14031. It can help a business determine all the environmental aspects for all stakeholders.
A great aspect of ISO 14031 is that it can be used by any organisation. It does not matter what size, industry, location or complexity of the business is. All can use it.
The performance management system can help a business prepare periodic improvements. This can help small companies start an environmental management system such as ISO 14001.
For those businesses that already have an EMS, ISO 14031 is a supplement that can be used alongside. ISO 14031 helps businesses measure their results, which can improve environmental performance.
Small business benefits:
ISO 14031 is great for small businesses. This is because there is a low burden on finances and personnel. It helps small businesses to become environmentally efficient. This reduces the environmental impact of small businesstagsEMSISOISO 14031