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ISO 14001

ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems

ISO 14001:2015 is the international standard specifying the requirements of an environmental management system (EMS). ISO 14001 provides a framework for managing the environmental impacts of a company’s activities, products, and services. Companies registered to ISO 14001 are required to commit to continually improving their environmental performance.

A copy of the ISO 14001 standard is available to be purchased here >>

Globally, there are now over 301,000 ISO 14001 registrations, 8,917 of which are in North America. Although North America holds just 3% of the world’s total ISO 14001 registrations, registrations have increased over the long-term, albeit at a much slower rate than the rest of the world.

ISO 14001 applies to organizations wishing to:

  • Implement, maintain, and improve an EMS
  • Gain assurance for conformity with an environmental policy
  • Demonstrate conformity to clients or stakeholders
  • Seek registration of their EMS

Why change?

ISO 14001 has undergone a revision and the new, updated standard was published in September 2015. ISO 14001:2015 requires businesses to adopt a more strategic, integrated, and holistic approach when implementing and managing an EMS.

The changes introduced by ISO 14001:2015

  • A stronger emphasis on embedding sustainability into the organization
  • Greater engagement with interested parties and stakeholders
  • Improved data quality and assurance
  • The inclusion of risks associated with the threats and opportunities relating to external conditions
  • A lifecycle approach to procurement, design, and the delivery of products and services
  • The introduction of Annex SL, a framework common to all management system standards

What are the benefits of complying with ISO 14001?

  • Improved waste management and reduced waste management costs
  • Reduced energy and materials consumption
  • Reduced distribution costs
  • Improved corporate reputation
  • A competitive advantage and the ability to win contracts
  • Enhanced compliance and corporate risk management
  • Improved stakeholder relationships
  • Compliance with environmental laws and regulations

Transitioning requirements for ISO 14001:2015

Companies are now expected to start aligning with the new standard and to bring their practices into line with the latest requirements. A three-year transition period to ISO 14001:2015 has been set by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF). Read more on transitioning planning guidance from the IAF here >>

Registration to ISO 14001 facilitates compliance with a range of environmental laws.

The ISO 14001 Continual Improvement Survey 2013 found that ISO 14001 is particularly useful for meeting legal requirements and improving environmental performance.

Related products and resources

All IT Governance ISO 14001 products are currently being updated to conform with ISO 14001:2015.

The essential ISO 14001 EMS Toolkit

The ISO 14001 EMS Environmental Management System Documentation Toolkit contains a full suite of templates that will help you prepare for and implement an EMS that complies with ISO 14001.

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