What is ISO 14001?

The ISO 14001:2015 Standard addresses the aspects of the design, implementation and maintenance of environmental management systems.

There are two working Standards:

  • ISO 14001 - Environmental Management Systems - Requirements,
  • ISO 14004 - Environmental Management Systems - General Guidelines on implementation.

Who is it for?

Any organization that wishes to:

  • Implement, maintain and improve an environmental management system,
  • Assure itself of the conformance with its stated environmental policy,
  • Demonstrate its conformance to others,
  • Seek certification / registration of its environmental management system by an external organization,
  • Make a self determination and declaration of conformance with the standard.

Does it connect with ISO 9001:2015?

It shares common principles with ISO 9001 and most organizations with ISO 9001 certification will find it serves as an excellent basis for ISO 14001.

However, whereas with ISO 9001 we are used to contract review as the means of establishing the specification with the customer so that we can measure quality, it may appear we cannot do this with ISO 14001.

But we can!

The customer is the environment. If we can establish a contract with the environment, set objectives and targets including compliance with legislation, then we have a basis for quality assurance and continual improvement; i.e., reduction of the impact of our business on the environment.

There is more good news.

If our targets are energy saving, or reduction of renewable resources impact, or any other costly items then we will be saving money as well as saving the environment.

Are YOU costing the Earth?

Perhaps you don't know. We can assist you with the initial review. Where are you now? Integrating with ISO 9001.

We can advise you on a standalone system to run alongside ISO 9001 or to be integrated fully with it.

Why the choice? Well, we can explain that when we meet.


Obviously a build of management systems in an organization provides a sound basis for progress towards TQM providing they are performance based.

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