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ISO Management System Updates 2024 concerning Climate Change

By March 26, 2024 No Comments

A resolution supporting the ISO London Declaration on Climate Change was passed by ISO, and as a result, two new statements of text have been added to several management systems standards that are already in existence and will be incorporated into all future standards that are being developed or revised.

This has been implemented to mitigate the impact of climate change on the management system’s capacity to produce the desired outcomes. Initially, the adjustments will be made as revisions to the published standards.

Climate Change is now a concern for multiple business sectors

The Changes can be summarised as follows:

Clause 4.1 Understanding the organisation and its context.
The organisation shall determine external and internal issues that are relevant to its purpose and that affect its ability to achieve the intended result(s) of its XXX management system.

This clause now explicitly includes the statement: “The organisation shall determine whether climate change is a relevant issue.”

Clause 4.2 Understanding the needs and expectations of interested parties.

The organisation shall determine:

•  The interested parties that are relevant to the XXX management system.
•  The relevant requirements of these interested parties.
•  Which of these requirements will be addressed through the XXX management system.

The clause now also states: “Note: Relevant interested parties can have requirements related to climate change.”

The general purpose of clauses 4.1 and 4.2 stays the same; these clauses already require the organisation to consider all external and internal factors that may affect the efficiency of their management system; the addition of these clauses ensures that climate change is taken into account within the management system (s).

The standards undergoing transformation

A wide array of standards have been updated to reflect this shift, encompassing a diverse range of sectors from Quality management (ISO 9001) to Energy management (ISO 50001) along with ISO 14001,
ISO 27001, ISO 45001, ISO 22301 and others. This comprehensive update highlights the universal relevance and urgency of addressing climate change across all aspects of business.

This can appear to be a significant shift, however, at this stage, there is not much action required.
The steps you should take now are:

1. See if your ISO management system standards have been updated by checking this publication on the International Accreditation Forum.
2. Consider how you may begin to consider climate change.
3. Contact Vassallo Associates if you have any questions on the impact of the changes. Our of our ISO consultants will be happy to assist you.

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