ISO 14001 is a sector of the ISO 14000 family, which are requirements for an environmental management system (EMS) that a business or organization can use to improve its environmental impact. ISO 14001—also referred to as ISO 14001:2015—is intended to be used by organizations that strive to be environmentally conscious and contribute to a more sustainable world. ISO 14001 contributes to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, and 14.
ISO 14001 supports organizations that want to achieve operational sustainability. An EMS doesn’t only support a positive impact on the environment, but it also enables organizations to enhance their mission statement and brand image. Anticipated results of an environmental management system include:
- Enhanced environmental performance
- Fulfillment of compliance obligations
- Achievement of environmental objectives
Any business or organization is eligible for an ISO 14001 certificate—no matter its size, profitability, or type of organization—as long as its activities, product, or service influences environmental performance. In addition, there is no specific ISO 14001 waste management requirement that needs to be met; however, it must meet the international standard for environmental management.