ISO 14001

The ISO 14001 standard provides an environmental management system (EMS) framework that organizations can use to manage their impact on the environment and improve environmental performance. The overall aim of this International Standard is to support environmental protection and prevention of pollution in balance with socio-economic needs.

It enables an organization to develop and implement a policy and objectives which take into account applicable legal requirements and information about its significant environmental aspects. The success of an EMS depends on commitments from all functions and levels of the organization, especially from top management.

The ISO 14001 standard was first published by ISO in 1996. In 2004, the standard was revised for the first time. On 16th September 2015, ISO is expected to publish the second revision which will be known as ISO 14001:2015.
Update: ISO 14001:2015 has been published by ISO on 15th September 2015. Organizations certified to the ISO 14001:2004 have 3 years to transition to the new 2015 version. After September 2016, all ISO 14001:2004 certificates will be deemed as invalid.

 View the ISO 140012015 Presentation here.