ISO 14000 - Environmental management

The ISO 14000 family of standards provides practical tools for companies and organizations of all kinds looking to manage their environmental responsibilities.

ISO 14001:2015 and its supporting standards such as ISO 14006:2011 focus on environmental systems to achieve this. The other standards in the family focus on specific approaches such as audits, communications, labelling and life cycle analysis, as well as environmental challenges such as climate change.

ISO and the environment

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  • ISO 14001:2015
    Environmental management systems -- Requirements with guidance for use
  • ISO 14004:2004
    Environmental management systems -- General guidelines on principles, systems and support techniques
  • ISO 14006:2011
    Environmental management systems -- Guidelines for incorporating ecodesign
  • ISO 14064-1:2006
    Greenhouse gases -- Part 1: Specification with guidance at the organization level for quantification and reporting of greenhouse gas emissions and removals

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ISO 14001:2015

ISO 14001:2015 sets out the criteria for an environmental management system and can be certified to. It 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 14001:2015 can provide assurance to company management and employees as well as external stakeholders that environmental impact is being measured and improved.

Learn more about the benefits of ISO 14001:2015.

There are more than 300,000 certifications to ISO 14001 in 171 countries around the world. Learn more about the ISO Survey of Certifications.

ISO 14001 has been revised

ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems has recently been revised. Learn more about the key changes and the revision process here.

Discover the new ISO 14001.

Learn more about the key changes to ISO 14001 and the revision process.

Get an overview of ISO 14001:2015 and its benefits in this handy powerpoint presentation.

A guide to getting started with ISO 14001.

Learn about how ISO 14001 can work for you

ISO 14001 and SMEs

Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) also benefit from ISO 14001. However, implementing an environmental management system in SMEs can be challenging.

The publication ISO 14001, Environmental Management Systems - An easy to use checklist for small business, will help SMEs to achieve the benefits of implementing an environmental management system based on ISO 14001.


The ISO 14000 family

A basic introduction to the ISO 14000 family of standards.

ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems

An easy-to-use checklist for small business

GHG schemes addressing climate change

This brochure provides an overview of the different GHG schemes and describes the practical role that standards such as ISO 14064 can play.


Achieving environmental focus with ISO 14001:2015

Our impact on the environment is increasing, there's no denying that. And we need to better understand and manage our impact. Responding to our planet's ecological challenges, the revision of ISO 14001 supports organizations in reducing their environmental impact and understanding the effect the
environment has on their business.

IBM leverages ISO 14001 for sustainable business

A meaningful, systematic approach to environmental management has made IBM one of the world's most environmentally conscious companies. The globally integrated IT company leverages ISO 14001
for a comprehensive corporate policy on environmental affairs. Here, Wayne Balta, IBM's VP of Corporate Environmental Affairs and Product Safety, tells us more.

Why the world needs ISO 45001 for workplace safety

Whether you are an employee, a manager or a business owner, you share a common goal - you don't want anyone to get hurt on the job. Here, David Smith, Chair of the committee developing ISO 45001 for occupational health and safety (OHS), tells us how the standard will reduce risks and create better working conditions around the world.

Additional Resources

In July/Augut 2014 ISO dedicated its ISOfocus magazine to environmental issues.

ISOfocus, July-August 2014

Green growth

ISOfocus July/Augut 2014