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New ISO 9001: 2015 Amendment Encourages Climate Change Integration in Quality Management 

05/03/2024by admin0Read: 2 minutes

In the most recent amendment to the ISO 9001:2015 standards, released in February 2024, the change in standards places significant emphasis on addressing climate change within quality management systems.

Whilst this may be a confusing change for some, it makes sense when you consider the global emphasis starting to shift towards environmental sustainability in organisational operations.

Thus, ISO 9001 now emphasises climate change awareness, aligning with global efforts to combat this critical threat. Organisations should integrate climate considerations into their management systems to promote sustainability and resilience.

Key Amendments

The latest changes are concentrated in two crucial sections of the ISO 9001:2015 standards:

Section 4.1 – Understanding the Organization and Its Context:

A notable addition includes the following directive:

“The organisation shall determine whether climate change is a relevant issue.”

Companies must address climate change in their management systems, even if it’s not directly within the standard’s scope.

This mandates organisations to actively consider the implications of climate change on their operations, ensuring resilience and adaptability in the face of environmental challenges.

Section 4.2 – Understanding the Needs and Expectations of Interested Parties:

A new note emphasises the relevance of climate change to stakeholder expectations:

“NOTE: Relevant interested parties can have requirements related to climate change.”

This underscores the necessity for organisations to be aware of and responsive to any climate change-related requirements or expectations from their stakeholders, which may include customers, integrating environmental considerations into the quality management process.

Implications for Organisations

The explicit inclusion of climate change considerations in the ISO 9001:2015 standards encourages organisations to:

  1. Assess the impact of climate change on their operational risk and strategic objectives.
  2. Engage with interested parties such as customers to understand and address any climate change-related requirements in their products and services.
  3. Embed sustainability and environmental responsibility into their quality management systems.

Effective from February 2024, the amendment aligns quality management practices with environmental sustainability goals. Organisations certified under ISO 9001:2015 must revisit their management systems to ensure climate change considerations are adequately addressed. This involves reviewing and possibly updating policies, objectives, and processes to incorporate climate change as a critical factor in organisational planning.

This change underscores the importance of environmental stewardship, positioning organisations to be more resilient, responsible, and forward-thinking in their operations.

Anitech’s experienced consultants can help organisations update their policies and procedures to comply with the latest amendments to ISO 9001:2015.

Feel free to contact us today at 1300 802 163 or e-mail – sales@anitechgroup.com.

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