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ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems

ISO 14001 is an international standard prescribing a structured approach to environmental protection.

It enables organisations of all sizes to develop and implement policies to deliver environmentally responsible and sustainable business practices.

Key Benefits

Meet Compliance Requirements

Build confidence and trust with stakeholders by providing evidence that your organisation complies with its legal obligations.

Support Longer Term Strategic Focus

Future-proof your business and drive sustainable development by adopting environmentally sound processes that strengthen your market position.

Drive Corporate Social Responsibility

Improve your company’s reputation and build public confidence in your brand by taking a responsible approach to environmental management.

What Is It?

Setting the international best-practice for environmental management, the ISO 14001 standard achieves this through a systematic approach.

All organisations can benefit from a systematic approach to environmental management. Adopting an environmental management system will improve your ability to manage environmental responsibilities in a systematic manner, providing value for the environment, your organisation and stakeholders.Certification to ISO 14001 demonstrates your commitment to environmental outcomes across all aspects of your organisation.ISO 14001 defines an environmental management system drawing on the plan-do-check-act (PDCA) model and risk-based thinking to create a framework for balancing the three pillars of sustainability: development; transparency; and accountability.
ISO 14001 describes requirements for an environmental management system that can achieve an enhancement of environmental performance; fulfill compliance obligations and achieve environmental objectives.
Context of the Organisation
The organisation must understand the external and internal factors that may affect its ability to achieve the desired results.
The organisation’s leaders must commit to the environmental management system, taking accountability for the effectiveness and success by providing sufficient resources, ensuring the environmental policy and objectives are in place, and clearly communicating roles, responsibilities and authorities clear.
Planning must address actions to address risks and opportunities; environmental objectives and how to achieve them; and change management.
The organisation must ensure sufficient resources are allocated to the environmental management system; including the establishment, implementation, maintenance and continual improvement; and carefully monitor their use and effectiveness.
The organisation should plan, implement and control processes, using a lifecycle process, to meet requirements for providing its products and services.
Performance Evaluation
The organisation must be able to demonstrate and verify process capability as specified by the customer’s approval process requirements.

ISO 14001 requires a commitment to continual improvement, including managing nonconformities, solving problems, error-proofing, and taking corrective action when required.

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ISO 14001:2015/AMD 1:2024

The amendment to ISO 14001:2015, titled AMD 1:2024, focuses on “Climate action changes” in the realm of Environmental Management Systems. This amendment reflects a current and forward-looking approach by integrating climate action considerations into the environmental management systems framework.


Next Steps

We can help your organisation to implement or optimise ISO 14001.

  • Contact SAI Global to discuss requirements, timeframes and costs
  • Perform an optional pre-assessment
  • Perform a gap analysis
  • Undertake Stage 1 audit
  • Complete a detailed Stage 2 audit
  • Upon successful certification, display the ‘Five Ticks’ StandardsMark™
  • Conduct annual Surveillance Audits
  • Recertify to ISO 14001 every three years
  • Establish a continuous improvement culture
  • Market for brand and promotional benefits
  • Optimise commercial teams
  • Ensure shareholder and stakeholder awareness

Are You Ready To Take The Next Step to Certification?

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