ISO 14001:2004 sets out the criteria for an environmental management system that can be used by any organization, large or small, regardless of its field of activity.
UPDATE: ISO 14001:2004 has been updated to ISO 14001:2015. Organizations certified to ISO 14001:2004 must upgrade to ISO 14001:2015 by September 15, 2018. We recommend preparing to have audits done around May 2018 to meet the deadline.
The ISO 14000 family addresses various aspects of environmental management. It provides practical tools for companies and organizations looking to identify and control their environmental impact and constantly improve their environmental performance. ISO 14001:2004 sets out the criteria for an environmental management system that organizations can become certified to. It does not state requirements for environmental performance, but maps out a framework that a company or organization can follow to set up an effective environmental management system. It can be used by any organization regardless of its activity or sector. Using ISO 14001:2004 can provide assurance to company management and employees as well as external stakeholders that environmental impact is being measured and improved.
Benefits of Obtaining ISO 14001 Certification
- Improved environmental performance
- Improved employee morale
- Cost savings in waste, recycling and consumption
- Cost savings in energy consumption
- Advantage over competitors when competing for business
- Improved management of environmental risks
- Compliance with regulatory requirements
- Can reduce insurance costs
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