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4.1 Understanding the organization & its context (This does not have to be DOCUMENTED. But management needs to be aware of these issues)

  • 1. Does the organization have a high-level, conceptual understanding of the internal and external issues that can affect, either positively or negatively, its ability to achieve the intended outcomes of its Environmental Management System?

  • Objective Evidence/Notes

  • 2. Have internal issues been identified that are relevant & that affect the ability to achieve intended outcomes? For example, organization’s activities, products, services, strategic direction and capabilities (people, knowledge, processes, systems)

  • Objective Evidence/Notes

  • 3. Have environmental conditions that can affect the organization’s purpose or be affected by its environmental aspects been identified? For example, the impacts on/from environmental conditions like climate change, storms and floods, air quality, water quality, land use, existing contamination, natural resource availability, biodiversity, etc.

  • Objective Evidence/Notes

  • 4. Have external issues including cultural, social, political, legal, financial, technological, economic, natural and competitive issues, whether international, national, regional or local, etc. been determined?

  • Objective Evidence/Notes

4.2 Understanding the needs & expectations of interested parties (This does not have to be DOCUMENTED but an awareness when defining the scope. This links to element 6.1.3 that does require documentation)

  • 1. Have internal issues such as products & services, culture, people, size, knowledge been determined?

  • Objective Evidence/Notes

  • 2. Have the interested parties that are relevant to the environmental management system been determined? “Who are the Interested Parties/Stakeholders in your EMS?”

  • Objective Evidence/Notes

  • 3. Have the relevant needs & expectations of these interested parties been determined?

  • Objective Evidence/Notes

  • 4. Do any of these needs & expectations become a compliance obligation?

  • Objective Evidence/Notes

  • Is this audit complete?

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