Factors influencing implementation of environmental management system ISO 14001 certification at Allpack Industries Limited
Kairu, Caroline N
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Business today is not only about selling a product or service around the corner. To be competitive on national and global level, organizations must adopt a forward-thinking approach in developing their management strategies. One of the foundations of a successful strategy is the management system. A management system may be well-defined and documented, or consist merely of a shared understanding of how things are done – but either way, the management system defines how work is done, the desired outcomes, and the controls imposed to ensure those outcomes. A management system standard such as ISO 14001 helps an organization to better control its processes. The ISO 14001 Environmental Management System standard, designed to introduce environmental improvement into every aspect of a company’s operations, offers an organized approach to manage environmental issues and it has now become a widespread administrative tool towards corporate environmental management. The research sought to assess the factors influencing organizations to adopt ISO 14001 and implement quality environmental policies. The study was designed to determine what factors majorly influenced companies to implement Environmental Management System ISO14001. The study reviewed literature on what was considered to be the influencing factors to the implementation of formulated strategy by organizations. The study was carried out using a case study design. Six respondents from the organisation under study were targeted for the research. Data was collected using a self-administered interview guide that consisted of open-ended questions. Data collected was analysed through content analysis. The results indicate that the most influential factors are the role of top management, improving the organisation’s market position and improving the relationship with stakeholders. The study also revealed that perceived benefit factor plays a least significant role in determining adoption and implementation of ISO 14001.