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Determining EMS scope for financial institution

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Determining EMS scope for financial institution

Hi for a financial institution, can the scope focus on direct impacts as a result of operational activities ie waste, resource use? You don't need to include all activities, products and services i.e. your finance products and services as well do you? Can you state these are covered under separate policies/standards e.g. Equator Principles, and therefore exclude them from the scope of the EMS? I am referring to the new ISO 14001 (2015) standard requirements. Many thanks.
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Strahinja Stojanovic Sep 06, 2017

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According to the standard, the organization needs to define the scope by listing all activities, products and services that it provides. In addition, it can define which locations are also covered with the scope. Waste disposal and use of resources are operational controls to be established once all activities, processes, products and services are examined. You can write financial services as your scope, you don't ave to go into much details but basically, the scope should show what type of business is the organization doing.

You can have the simple statement t hat the scope of your EMS cover financial services, or something in that style, but you must define it. The statement about your scope is usually something that will be written on your certificate and I assume you wouldn't like it to be something other than what your company does.

For more information, see: How to determine the scope of the EMS according to ISO 14001:2015 https://advisera.com/14001academy/blog/2016/02/01/how-to-determine-the-scope-of-the-ems-according-to-iso-140012015/

These materials will also help you regarding EMS scope:
- Free online training ISO 14001:2015 Foundations Course https://training.advisera.com/se/iso-14001-internal-auditor-course/o-14001-foundations-course/
- Conformio (online tool for ISO 14001) https://advisera.com/conformio/ "
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