ISO 14001 is an Internationally recognised standard for Environmental Management; designed to apply to virtually any organisation (to accommodate diverse geographical, cultural and social conditions).
The overall aim of the standard is to support environmental protection and prevention of pollution in balance with socio-economic needs.
Organisations are increasingly concerned with achieving and demonstrating improved environmental performance by controlling the impacts of their activities, products and/ or services on the environment (often linked with Energy saving initiatives, and in some cases ISO 50001).
There is increasingly stringent legislation, and increased concerns expressed by interested parties, about environmental matters and sustainable development. ISO 14001 outlines Environmental Management System requirements to enable organisations to develop and implement a Policy and Objectives, which take into account such Legal requirements, and information about Significant Environmental Aspects.
It has also been significantly re-aligned (as part of ISO Annex SL overhaul), structured in line with ISO 9001, to enable organisations to develop a more integrated approach to business processes/ Management Systems, making implementation more compatible. The standard itself is based on the ‘Plan-Do-Check- Act’ methodology, and (like ISO 9001), is focussed on Continual Improvement.
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