Environmental & ISO 14001 Certification Consulting

What is ISO 14001:2015? What are Environmental Management Systems?

ISO 14001:2015 is the internationally recognized standard for Environmental Management Systems and when an organization has independently verified its conformity with these requirements earns ISO 14001:2015 Certification - a highly valuable achievement for the business and most importantly, its customers!

In September 2015, ISO 14001:2015 superseded ISO 14001:2004 which is a well established international standard for Environmental Management. It is one of the most widely adopted standards worldwide behind ISO 9001 (the most widely adopted international standard) which was also updated and released as an updated set of requirements in September 2015. This was more than just coincidental. Both ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 share a common structure, terminology and framework. This means that the standards are very complimentary and can be seamlessly integrated together as a "single system" rather than two separate stand-alone systems which many organizations holding both certifications would have operated.

ISO 14001:2015 outlines the requirements to be primarily used a tool that can help your business reduce it's environmental impact as well as grow!

Two Types of Management Systems - Functional vs. Performance

There are predominantly two types of Environmental Management Systems that can be implemented: Functional-based and Performance-based. There are significant differences between the two types. Functional systems are those that are designed & implemented purely to gain ISO 14001:2015 Certification (and are what we refer to as minimalist systems). Performance systems are those that are fully aligned with the business model of the organization geared towards enhancing the existing competitiveness of the organization.

Kelmac Group specialize in performance-based Environmental Management Systems including ISO 14001:2015 Certification.

What is our ISO 14001 Consulting Process?

With over 20 years ISO consulting experience working with many organizations & industries, we have developed The Kelmac Group® 9-Step Roadmap to Going Beyond Certification and invite you to select the below icons to learn more about each step and learn about how we can add enormous business value to your processes and how you operate as a business.

Step 1 Foundation

This module focuses on the organization’s top leadership team and planning. The aim is to ensure the Top Leadership team can actively lead, participate and manage the management system from the outset.

Step 2 Process/Risk Management

This module focuses on the the organization’s business and management system processes and product/process risk assessments.  The aim is to  build and/or enhance the organization’s process and to identify the related product and process risks, risk mitigation and controls.

Step 3 Objective/Process Alignment

This module focuses on the design of the organization’s internal controls including alignment between goals and process controls. The aim is to ensure the business internal controls meets the needs of the organization.

Step 4 Human Resource System

This module focuses on the design of the organization’s structure, people, culture/behavior, and competency framework. The aim is to ensure the organization structure, culture, behaviors and HR system supports the organization management system.

Step 5 Document Management System

This module focuses on the design and development of the organization document management system. The aim is to the document management system is effective.

Step 6 Implement The Management System

This module focuses on implementation of the organization management system. The aim is to ensure the management system is flawlessly implemented and expected benefits are fully realized.

Step 7 Check The Management System

This module focuses on verification of the organization management system. The aim is to ensure the organization’s verification system provides stakeholders with the assurance and insight to improve performance, if required.

Step 8 Certification Audit

This module involves coaching/mentoring during the initial certification audit process. The aim is to ensure the initial certification outcome is successful.

Step 9 Post-Certification & Improvement

This module involves coaching/mentoring to sustain the gain and/or performance improvement. The aim is to ensure the organization’s management system is effectively maintained and improved on further.

How Long Does It Take to achieve ISO 14001 Certification?

One of the most common questions with this type of project that needs to be answered is ‘how long does it take’. There are various considerations but the main ones include: is there a hard client/contract deadline? Are there available resources to support the project internally? Plus, the exact scope of work required and any potential complexity are key considerations. Many organizations will want to aim for an efficient turnaround but it is common that the amount of work required can be underestimated. The below gives an example of average timelines from start to certification based on the size of the organization – these are guidelines only. Each project varies & in all cases, is based on the client needs.

  • Small Business

    The average for a small business would be between 6 – 9 months. In general, the shorter the timeline, the higher the intensity of the project. A key consideration is whether there are available resources who can commit to the agreed workload required for the preferred project duration.

    Small Business*

  • Medium Business

    This is the average project duration in the experience of Kelmac Group®. A 9 month project has moderate intensity but generally doesn’t overload a client, particularly where resources who will be involved on the project internally will already have other priorities and responsibilities.

    Medium Business*

  • Large Business

    This is a conservative project duration for small to medium enterprises but one that is common on larger, more complex projects. Certain projects may even extend up to 18 months.

    Large Business*

*each client project varies, the above are project averages to serve as a guideline only


What Resources Do We Need for an ISO 14001 Project?


Small Business

Each and every business is different and it depends on the availability of resources and whether or not they have the ‘bandwidth’ to meet the internal demands of the project. An average project would involve 2-3 internal resources sharing responsibilities as part of the project.

Medium Enterprise

There are similarities between what challenges resources face whether you are a small, medium or large enterprise. An average project would involve 3-5 internal resources sharing responsibilities as part of the project.

Large Enterprise

This would vary for each enterprise based on the scope of the project and its complexity – including the enterprise’s structure. As an average, we have seen specific steering committees formed including implementation teams of 20+ assigned. The size of the organization, number of locations and complexity would more accurately determine the level of resources involved and would be a key outcome from Step 1 in the Kelmac Group® 9-Step Roadmap.

Are you looking to transition to ISO 14001:2015 Certification? We can help!

  • Performance-based Environmental Management Systems

    We help our customers design and implement a bespoke Environmental Management System (EMS) with our industry-leading One System Model approach that fully utilizes Business Process Management to achieve much more than just ISO 14001:2015 Certification but also fully aligns with the customer’s business model.

    Any organization currently holding ISO 14001:2004 registration has until September 2018 to successfully transition to ISO 14001:2015 if they wish to maintain their registration. Kelmac Group has a team of experienced consultants that can work alongside your team to assist you with a smooth and successful transition!

    Remember! ISO 14001:2015 can be a real asset for your business, beyond just the value of the “ISO 14001 Certificate”! If you are looking for a business-focused, sustainable Management System that is integrated with your day-to-day business – Kelmac Group will be the right fit for your business.

  • Zevas Communications

    Kelmac Group assisted Zevas with the adoption of a consistent and best practice approach via their information security controls and practices within a relatively young organization. This will help Zevas Communications provide a competitive, innovative and cost effective level of customer contact and communication service to their clients.

  • Fortune 500 Food and Beverage Company

    We worked in partnership with the Food and Beverage company [FBO] team and employed a number of initiatives to improve the firm’s competitiveness, operational controls and operational efficiency.

  • LuLu International Exchange

    Kelmac Group helped LuLu International Exchange achieve a positive business change as the organization transitioned from a business funded organization to a sustainable and profitable organization. The project also included the successful achievement of ISO 9001:2015 Certification.       

  • Zevas Communications Case Study

    Learn about how ISO 27001 Certification will help Zevas Communications provide a competitive, innovative and cost effective level of customer contact and communication service to their clients.

  • Fortune 500 Food and Beverage Company Case Study

    Learn about how ISO can improve a firm’s competitiveness, operational controls and operational efficiency through process excellence.

  • LuLu International Exchange Case Study

    Learn about how this organization transitioned from a business funded organization to a sustainable and profitable organization including the successful achievement of ISO 9001:2015 Certification.

  • Zevas Communications Case Study

    Learn about how ISO 27001 Certification will help Zevas Communications provide a competitive, innovative and cost effective level of customer contact and communication service to their clients.

  • Fortune 500 Food and Beverage Company Case Study

    Learn about how ISO can improve a firm’s competitiveness, operational controls and operational efficiency through process excellence.

  • LuLu International Exchange Case Study

    Learn about how this organization transitioned from a business funded organization to a sustainable and profitable organization including the successful achievement of ISO 9001:2015 Certification.

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