What is ISO 14001?

Find out more about what ISO 14001 is and how it can benefit you

What is ISO 14001?

Protect the environment, build customer trust and meet your legal obligations by implementing an ISO 14001 environmental management system within your business.

Protecting the environment is an important business issue. Many organisations now require their suppliers to have specific environmental management plans. Implementing ISO 14001 policies will enable you to demonstrate to customers and stakeholders that your business is committed to reducing its environmental impact.

The ISO 14001 standard provides you with an internationally recognised framework for setting up an environmental management system (EMS). Any organisation can use the standard to reduce waste, improve resource efficiency and cut waste management costs.

ISO 14001 is the most important standard in the ISO 14000 series of environmental management standards. The International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) has developed this series for businesses and other organisations looking to reduce their environmental impact.

Are you ready to implement ISO 14001?


Every organisation has different environmental planning needs and challenges. That’s why we customise our ISO 14001 service packages to suit your requirements. We can include specific services to help you achieve effective environmental management – and we can cut the cost of services you don’t need.

To implement ISO 14001 successfully, your organisation should:

  1. Gain commitment and support from senior management

  2. Engage everyone in the business with effective internal communication

  3. Compare your existing quality systems with ISO 14001 requirements

  4. Get customer and supplier feedback on your current environmental management

  5. Establish an implementation team to deliver the best results

  6. Map out and share roles, responsibilities and timescales

  7. Adapt the basic principles of environmental management to your business

  8. Encourage employee involvement by offering training and incentives

  9. Share ISO 14001 knowledge and encourage employees to train as internal auditors

  10. Regularly review your ISO 14001 system to ensure continuous improvement.

Find out more through our ISO 14001 implementation guide and ISO 14001 checklist.

Regular updates – ISO 14001 : 2015 explained

The ISO reviews and revises its standards periodically to ensure they remain current and relevant to the market. The latest revision of the ISO 14001 standard is ISO 14001 : 2015. It reflects the latest business trends in environmental management, as well as ensuring compatibility with other widely used management systems such as ISO 9001.

The updated ISO 14001 : 2015 framework provides organisations with a systematic approach to environmental management. It sets out how an organisation can implement policies that protect the environment and how it can respond to changing environmental conditions.

Gaining ISO 14001 : 2015 certification can reassure managers, employees and other stakeholders that an organisation is measuring and reducing its environmental impact.

The ISO 14001 framework does not include requirements for environmental performance. Instead, it enables an organisation to meet the demands of customers and regulators for it to fulfil its corporate responsibility and its legal obligations.

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