What is ISO 14001?

ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems Certification can be used by any organization that wants to validate its resource efficiency, waste reduction, and drive down costs.

ISO 14001 sets out the criteria for an Environmental Management Systems (EMS). It sets out a framework that your company can follow in order to improve efficiency by reducing costs and also benefit the environment.

You naturally want to maximise the success of your business – brand awareness, revenue and profits. At the same time, you want to minimise your impact on the environment.

If you use the ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems (EMS) standard as a framework, you will be well placed to achieve these apparently conflicting objectives.

ISO 14001:2015 (normally just known as ISO 14001) is the international standard for Environmental Management Systems. It supports your efforts to reduce waste and energy consumption and limit your environmental impact. It also helps you meet increasingly stringent environmental legal requirements.

If you’re concerned that implementing an EMS makes you less competitive, then don’t be. The standard takes a sensible approach to balancing environmental and commercial objectives and ultimately, if done right, the impact is positive all round.


Benefits of ISO 14001 certification to your organization:

  • Competitive and financial advantage through improved efficiency and reduced costs
  • Enhances the corporate image and credibility
  • Monitors and controls the effect of operations on the environment, now and in the future
  • Compliance with current and future statutory and regulatory requirements
  • Environmentally engaged employees
  • Protects the company assets and shareholders
  • Develops access to business partners and potential customers
  • Puts forward true value through enhancement of marketing opportunities


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Benefits of ISO 14001 certification to your customers:

  • Improved quality and of services
  • Established trust and credibility
  • Reduced complaints
  • Averts pollution and reduces waste
  • Reassures customers who take an active interest in environmental performance that they are working with a company which promotes a shared environmental ethics

ISO 14001 certification (also known as “registration”) is a third-party audit performed by a certification body such as PECB who, upon verification that an organization is in compliance with the requirements of ISO 14001, will issue an ISO 14001 certificate. This certification is then maintained through regularly scheduled annual surveillance audits by the registrar, with re-certification performed on a triennial basis.