What is the ISO 14001 standard?


Quick Answer

Part of the ISO 14000 family of standards that offer tools for companies and organizations to manage and fulfill their environmental responsibilities, the ISO 14001 standard lays out the requirements for organizations to set up an environmental management system. As of October 2015, the latest version is ISO 14001:2015.

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Regardless of sector or activity, organizations can use ISO 14001 to assure internal stakeholders such as its management and employees, as well as external stakeholders such as its customers, suppliers, government and society, that the organization is environmentally responsible in the conduct of its activities. The standard also sets audit guidelines that help an organization measure, improve and reduce the environmental impact of its activities. Aside from imparting an environmentally responsible image, ISO 14001 certification also helps companies gain access to new customers and markets that only do business with ISO 14001-certified companies as part of their own corporate policies.

As of 2015, more than 300,000 organizations worldwide hold certification to the ISO 14001 standard.

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