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To gauge how ready organisations are for the revised ISO 14001 (environmental management) and ISO 9001 (quality) standards, consultancy DNV GL has surveyed its clients on their existing level of compliance with two new common clauses.
Some 16% of respondents believe they already comply with clause 4.1 on understanding the organisation and its context, while 43% claim to be somewhat compliant.
The results reveal a difference in perceived compliance between the two standards. Twenty-one per cent believe they already comply with the clause in 14001: 2015 compared with 14% for 9001: 2015.
Around 11% say they are far from being complaint with 4.1 in the environmental standard. Almost 60% of those polled say they would achieve compliance with clause 4.1 by discussing context during the management review meeting.
Clause 4.2 relates to understanding the needs and expectations of interested parties and 15% of those polled by DNV GL believe they already comply, while 39% say they comply to an extent. Companies certified to 14001 are more likely to already comply (20%) than those certified to 9001 (16%).
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