As per the BSI Group Whitepaper, there are several advantages for organizations, including:
Improved business performance
New high level framework, Annex SL makes it easier to integrate multiple management systems, thereby gaining greater business benefits. It ensures all business processes for both quality and environmental performance are integrated and aligned with the business strategies of the organisation, making it easier to continually improve all management systems.
A holistic approach
Integrating management systems provides a more holistic approach to business processes which increases efficiency and can help develop coordinated solutions to problems in different work areas.
Bringing quality & environmental into the heart of the organisation
The revised standards ensure that quality and environmental management are now completely integrated with the business strategies of the organisation. Used as a business management tool, this will embed healthy performance improvement processes overtime and promote the importance of both quality and environmental requirements at the same time.
Reduced documentation and duplication
By meeting all the standard requirements with one set of policies and procedures, integrating both ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 will highlight overlapping responsibilities or unnecessary duplication. This will Result in less duplication in business processes which in turn will make the system easier to manage and maintain.
Saving time and resources
With an integrated management system the audit process both internally and externally will be more effective resulting in decreased disruption, eliminating duplication of audit activity and saving time, money and other resources.
Improved risk & opportunity management
Using risk-based thinking throughout, the revised standards promote a proactive approach to identifying risks and taking opportunities, making continual improvement systematic. This will lead to improved governance and decision making across both quality and environmental management.
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