ISO 14001 Environmental Management System

ISO 14001 is the global standard for organisations wanting to demonstrate their environmental credentials. It details the requirements for implementing an environmental management system (EMS), which plays a vital role in how businesses measure, manage and control their environmental impact.

ISO 14001 certification

» Achieve ISO 14001 certification with an internationally accredited certification body.

» Gain a competitive advantage through operational efficiency and lower costs.

» Demonstrate compliance with environmental regulations and legislation.

» Apply for tenders requiring ISO 14001 certification and win customer trust.

» Suitable for all types and sizes of organisations – from SMEs and charities to corporates.

What is ISO 14001?​

Climate change, sustainability and environmental impact are major focuses for businesses in the global drive to net zero. Environmental management systems play a vital role in businesses looking to measure, manage and control their environmental impact. ISO 14001 was developed by the International Organization for Standardization. It is a systematic framework used by businesses to manage the immediate and long term environmental impacts of an organisation’s products, services and processes. By completing ISO 14001 certification, your organisation can assure stakeholders that your environmental management system meets international industry-specific environmental standards. ISO 14001 certification provides a framework for environmental management best practices to help organisations:

» Measure and control their environmental footprint.

» Control the risk of pollution incidents.

» Deliver operational improvements through effective resource use.

» Ensure compliance with relevant environmental legislation and regulations.

» Develop their organisation in line with the principle of continuous improvement.

What are the benefits of ISO 14001?

Customers, stakeholders and investors are increasingly expecting organisations to manage their environmental impact. ISO 14001 certification demonstrates an organisation’s approach to controlling all environmental issues relevant to its operations, such as resource use, wastage, sewage, air, water and soil contamination. Over 300,000 certifications have been awarded to organisations in 171 countries.

ISO 14001 certification allows organisations to:

» Apply for tenders from companies that require ISO 14001 certification.

» Identify cost savings with an emphasis on resource, waste and energy management.

» Improve employee engagement and boost customer trust in your organisation.

» Improve your corporate image and credibility with stakeholders and investors.

» Quantify, monitor and control the impact of operations on the environment.

» Ensure organisational compliance with legislation and regulations.

» Improve the environmental performance of the supply chain.

» Potentially decrease public liability insurance costs for your organisation.

How to become ISO 14001 certified?

Achieving ISO 14001 certification involves implementing an environmental management system (EMS). We’ve certified hundreds of organisations to ISO standard, including brands such as Diageo and Greenstar. Certification Europe also provides ISO training to help your organisation define, develop and implement a management system. Our expert ISO assessors will conduct a comprehensive multi-stage assessment process to audit your EMS and determine if your organisation is compliant with ISO 14001 requirements. If your organisation meets the requirements, Certification Europe issues an official certificate. Your organisation can use its ISO 14001 certification status in marketing and promotional materials.

Start your journey to ISO 14001 certification

Contact our team for a free, no-obligation quotation from our dedicated professional ISO Business Development team to start your ISO certification journey. We tailor our quotes to meet your requirements, and we support a range of ISO standards including ISO 27001, ISO 45001, ISO 9001 and Cyber Essentials. Learn more about Certification Europe’s accreditations, discover our client testimonials and find out more about working with us.

Stage One

The initial assessment determines if the mandatory requirements of the standard are being met and if the management system is capable of proceeding to Stage 2.

Recommendation for Certification

At this point in the process we review any corrective actions taken to address findings raised at Stage 1 & 2. Certification may be recommended.

Certification Achieved

Successful certification is communicated to the client. Certificates are issued.

Stage Two

The second assessment determines the effectiveness of the system, and seeks to confirm that the management system is implemented and operational.

Certification Review & Decision

The organisations files are reviewed by an independent and impartial panel and the certification decision is made.