ISO14001 is the International Standard for Environmental Management Systems, and is applicable to any organization, regardless of size, type and nature, and applies to the environmental aspects of its activities, products and services that the organization determines it can either control or influence considering a life cycle perspective.
ISO14001 sets out the requirements for an environmental management system and helps organizations improve their environmental performance through more efficient use of resources and reduction of waste, gaining a competitive advantage and the trust of stakeholders.
An environmental management system can provide value for the environment, the organization itself and interested parties. Consistent with the organization's environmental policy, the intended outcomes of an environmental management system include:
- enhancement of environmental performance
- fulfilment of compliance obligations
- achievement of environmental objectives
The standard requires that an organization considers all environmental issues relevant to its operations, such as air pollution, water and sewage issues, waste management, soil contamination, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and resource use and efficiency. Like all ISO management system standards, ISO14001 includes the need for continual improvement of an organisation’s systems and approach to environmental concerns. The 2015 version of the standard includes key improvements such as the increased prominence of environmental management within the organization’s strategic planning processes, greater input from leadership and a stronger commitment to proactive initiatives that boost environmental performance.
To find out more about the standard, you can get it here.