What Is It?
Setting the international best-practice for environmental management, the ISO 14001 standard achieves this through a systematic approach.
All organizations 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 organization and stakeholders.Certification to ISO 14001 demonstrates your commitment to environmental outcomes across all aspects of your organization.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 Organization
The organization must understand the external and internal factors that may affect its ability to achieve the desired results.
The organization’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 organization 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 organization should plan, implement and control processes, using a lifecycle process, to meet requirements for providing its products and services.
The organization 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.