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ISO 14001 – environmental

Environmental Management Systems – Specification with Guidance for Use

ISO 14001 provides requirements for environmental management systems (EMS). The intent of a formal environmental management system is to minimize your company’s negative impact on the environment and accentuate the positive environmental impact through EMS controls and continual improvement. While many companies pursue ISO 14001 certification as a stand-alone certification to demonstrate a more eco-friendly approach to business, some companies will seek ISO 14001 and ISO 9001 certification together with a combined Integrated Management System.

The purpose of the ISO 14001:2015 standard is to help companies in any industry protect the environment, prevent pollution and improve their environmental performance. The approach to continual improvement is similar to other standards such as ISO 9001, but its focus is on environmental aspects and impacts of the business.

There are five key focus areas in the ISO 14001 standard:

Environmental Policy

Implementation and Operation

Checking and Corrective Action

Management Review

Continual Improvement

Implementation of a formal environmental management system can enhance a company’s bottom line with better efficiency and demonstration of a more economically-friendly business approach to new and existing customers. In some industries, ISO 14001 is a qualification requirement for certain RFPs and other business opportunities.

Consulting Support for ISO 14001

Core Business Solutions has qualified ISO 14001 consultants ready to help you achieve certification. Support for the ISO 14001 standard is available through our Full-Service Consulting Program. Our ISO 14001 clients include:

Small businesses currently ISO 9001:2015 certified seeking to add the ISO 14001:2015 certification through an Integrated Management System.

Small businesses with no certification seeking ISO 14001:2015 qualification.

For more information about our consulting support for the ISO 14001 environmental standard, please call our consulting office at 866-354-0300, or email info@thecoresolution.com.

Related standards

See ISO 9001:2015 for quality management system

See OHSAS 18001 for health and safety management systems

See R2:2013 for recycling management systems

See Integrated Management Systems