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Corporate sustainability and social responsibility is the way in which business creates integrated value in society through economic development, good governance, stakeholder responsiveness and environmental improvement. There are many global standards that address these issues today, including ISO 14001 (environment), ISO 26000 (social responsibility) and ISO 50001 (energy).

Our approach at Omnex is to create Integrated Value (IV) by helping companies to understand the changing business and societal context, assess stakeholder needs and expectations, align leadership goals and metrics, analyse risks and opportunities across key business processes and integrate the management systems for quality, health & safety, environment and social responsibility.

In 2014, Wayne Visser, the VP of Sustainability Services and Chad Kymal, the CTO of Omnex, released a paper entitled Creating Integrated Value:Beyond CSR and CSV to CIV

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Environment Management, Energy Management, Sustainability and Social Responsibility

Implementing Environmental Management Systems (ISO 14001) is the first step to implementing Sustainability and Social Responsibility. Omnex has been implementing ISO 14001 since 2005 with an integrated ISO 14001 and ISO 9001 implementation at Yazaki in N America. In 2005, Omnex published a paper regarding integration Juggling Multiple Standards which discusses the integration of the ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 standards and made the argument that over 95% of ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 integrates. In 2010, the concept of integration was taken to the next level when Omnex integrated ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, and Food Safety Management Systems for Nestle. Over the past six years, Omnex has helped implement Environmental Management Systems in thousands of organizations worldwide. Click here for some background information on the Environmental movement.

The second step towards becoming a more environmentally-responsible organization is to move from the pollution prevention charter of ISO 14001 in the Environmental Policy and introduce Carbon Foot Print and/or water usage and/or waste to the scope of the organizations Environmental Management System. This change in policy will enhance the risk assessment and objectives, and plan for the organization, all of which are requirements of ISO 14001. A good standard to adopt in the second step includes ISO 50001, which is an Energy Management System or EnMS Standard. This standard, which is becoming popular world-wide, will focus the organization to help both bottom - line costs and the environment.

The third step is to integrate ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and ISO 26000 with the GRI Sustainability Reporting Guidelines. Earlier this year, Omnex published a paper at the ASQ Pathways to Social Responsibility Conference that discussed integrating ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 26000. Integrating the business processes of the organization and including process controls for Sustainability and Social Responsibility is both the most efficient and best method for implementation.

Another option to the step-wise implementation of Environmental, Energy and Sustainability standards is to implement ISO 14001, ISO 50001, ISO 26000 and GRI together into one management system as a single step without implementing standards one at a time as suggested earlier. In fact, Omnex specializes in this approach since it saves time, effort and money. Contact us so we can help you understand this time savings and cost savings approach to implementation.

Integrated Management Systems

Integrated Management Systems (IMS) as it relates to Environmental and Sustainability is the integration of QMS, EMS, with ISO 26000 Social Responsibility, ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems, and including reporting on Social Responsibility using the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) into a single management system. IMS fosters the approach that an organization should establish one integrated system that is best for the business and not set up separate, often duplicate, processes or documentation to satisfy each management standard. IMS contains company-wide processes that conform to EMS, EnMS, Social Responsibility and GRI but most importantly they are designed and established in support of the business goals.

At Omnex, integration means developing common organizational processes based on standardized work flows, conducting integrated risk analysis (using FMEAs and Control Plans for Quality, Environment, Energy and Social risks) and conducting integrated audits. At Omnex, we are continuing to pioneer ever more effective and efficient ways of defining, implementing and auditing integrated management systems.

Integration and standardization not only reduce confusion and redundancy in the workplace, but cost an estimated 50% less to implement and most importantly cost 50% less to maintain. Furthermore, the cost for registration is reduced by as much as 33%.

Omnex has been implementing integrated management systems since the 1990s, beginning with the integration of QS-9000 and ISO 14001 in the Americas for Yazaki. Since then, we have integrated ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 for organizations around the world including General Motors and TRW. Lately, we have integrated ISO 9001 and Food Safety Management Systems including an implementation where Food Safety, Quality (ISO 9001), Environmental (ISO 14001), and Health and Safety (OHSAS 18001) were integrated into one management system. Omnex recently helped Swiss Colony a 100 year-old Food Catalog and Bakery implement FSMS and QMS standards in a record six months that included QOS/BOS and Phase Gate New Product Development methodologies and 8D Problem Solving techniques.

Omnex provides training for top management in the understanding and integration of multiple integrated management systems, as well as the worlds only lead auditor course in Integrated Management Systems (ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001).

We believe that ISO 14001, ISO 50001, ISO 26000 and GRI can all be integrated together into one management system and can be implemented as one step without implementing standards one at a time as suggested earlier. In fact, Omnex specializes in this since it saves time and effort.

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Omnex Methodologies and Practices

Omnex offers training for each of the different methodologies as shown in this link. Keep in mind, some of these methodologies may be known by different names within the industry.

Omnex specializes in the following methodologies:

Implementation Support

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Omnex can help you conduct a Discovery Analysis (or Assessment) or conduct a Best-In-Class assessment of the Environmental, Energy Management, Sustainability and/or Social Responsibility management systems to assist your company in making process improvements that result in efficiency and savings. These systems can be assessed either individually or all at the same time.

Omnex will study your current processes to see the gaps in the systems as well as review Best-In-Class practices depending on the scope of the assessment. Omnex assessments always focus on savings and improvements within the organization. The last day of the assessment centers around feedback and planning with the customer team. An implementation plan, team, and next steps are completed as a part of the Discovery. Of course, this can also be conducted at the beginning of an implementation, when the standard is revised or when the customer is ready for an overhaul of their systems.

Not only can we help you develop an implementation plan for ISO 26000, we can also provide facilitation and workshops to help you implement. We can also of course help your organization implement ISO 14001(EMS), ISO 50001(EnMS), ISO 26000(SMS) and GRI reporting.

Omnexs core strengths are spelled out in the 12 methodologies in which we specialize.

Implementing Environment Management, Energy Management, Sustainability and Social Responsibility requires

  1. Integrated Risk assessments
  2. Corrective Action
  3. Tracking and improving indicators
  4. Documentation Development
  5. Auditing

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