ISO certification of management systems
ISO certification of management systems

ISO 14001

ISO 14001 standard - environmental management system
ISO 14001 standard - environmental management system

ISO 14001 Management system for the external environment. 

A balance between the environment, society and the economy is considered crucial to being able to meet the needs of the present without destroying the ability of future generations to meet their needs. The goal of sustainable development is achieved by balancing these three pillars of sustainability. ISO 14001:2015 provides organizations with a framework for protecting the environment and responding to changing environmental conditions in balance with socio-economic needs. It sets out requirements that enable organizations to achieve the intended results of their environmental management system. 

A systematic approach to environmental management can provide top management with information to build long-term success and create opportunities to contribute to sustainable development by: 

  • protect the environment by preventing or mitigating adverse environmental impact;

  • mitigate the potentially adverse effects of environmental conditions on the organization;
  • help the organization comply with obligations;
  • achieve better environmental performance;
  • manage or influence the way the organization's products and services are designed, produced, distributed, consumed and disposed of using a life cycle perspective that can prevent environmental impact from being inadvertently shifted to other stages in the life cycle;
  • gain financial and operational benefits that can be achieved by implementing environmentally sound alternatives that strengthen the organization's market position;
  • communicate environmental information to relevant stakeholders. 

Implementation of a management system according to ISO 14001 can have both internal and external effects on your organisation. Examples may be; 

Examples of Internal effects:

  • Satisfied employees
  • Reduction of waste and waste costs
  • Reduced energy consumption
  • Preventive preparedness
  • Compliance with laws and regulations

Examples of external effect:

  • Strengthened reputation
  • Improved supplier score
  • Credible sustainability reporting
  • Competitive when the environment is a criterion

Implementation of ISO 14001 can help achieve sustainability goals within;