Sustainability of International Standards Organisation 14001 Standards through Integration with Lean Principles
Both Lean and Environmental Management System (EMS) are key business processes which are employed by companies to enhance their manufacturing process and quality performance. ISO 14001 requires a commitment to continual improvement. Yet it does not prescribe how a company should seek the continua...
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|Summary:||Both Lean and Environmental Management System (EMS) are key
business processes which are employed by companies to enhance their manufacturing process and quality
performance. ISO 14001 requires a commitment to continual improvement. Yet it does not prescribe how a
company should seek the continual improvement. Lean is a process improvement method that helps
companies that use it to continually improve. This study analyses these two systems and provides an
understanding of how these processes had contributed in improving business efficiencies. Approach: The
research methodology applied in the context of this study involved both primary and secondary research
methods in gaining a deeper and practical insight into the issues facing Lean and EMS integration. The
primary data collection process involved the use of questionnaires for the purpose of gaining a practical
insight into the research issue. The literature review summarized the evidence collected from various
secondary sources to enable an understanding of the scope, benefits and application of Lean and EMS systems.
Results: The findings contributed to the framing of new conceptual framework that combines benefits of
both Lean and EMS principles for enhanced business results. Conclusion: This study concluded that an
integrated business model can help organisations realize potential benefits and possibilities in the field of