Auditing and improvements

Continual improvement is a key concept in environmental management. The organization must be able to demonstrate that their work leads to environmental improvements. The environmental management system is reviewed every year to determine the extent to which the requirements are met. This review is formally called an audit.

Internal audits
Internal environmental audits are conducted each autumn at KTH and include all schools, UF and KTH central. Internal auditors are members of KTH Sustainability Office and KTH’s environmental consultants. Audits consist of interviews with key people (e.g. school deans, heads of administration, environmental representatives and purchasers) and visits to labs or other facilities. An audit report, including any deviations is compiled and sent after the audit.

External audits
External environmental audits are conducted in April each year by an accredited certification body. The extent of the audit varies, every third year a comprehensive recertification audit is conducted, covering all of KTH, while the other years an audit of a random selection is conducted. Last year a certification audit was conducted in April 2015.

What says ISO14001?

Auditing

Internal auditing is how we can check to ensure that we are  working  effectively. The purpose of internal auditing is to provide the management with information, to verify conformity to the environmental management system and to ensure that the environmental management system complies with standard and legal requirements. The aim of external audits are to examine whether the requirements of ISO14001, as well as the legal requirements, are met by the organizations environmental management system. External audits are conducted by a third party and is a requirement for environmental certification.

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