The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standard for environmental management, ISO 14001, was revised in 2015 to ISO 14001:2015.
The revised standard helps organizations to demonstrate compliance with current and future legislation and regulations. ISO 14001:2015 provides a competitive and financial advantage through improved efficiencies and reduced costs.
All ISO standards are reviewed and revised regularly to make sure they remain relevant. ISO 14001:2015 is a response to the latest environmental thinking, including the increasing recognition by companies of the need to factor in both external and internal elements that influence their environmental impacts, such as climate volatility and the competitive context in which they work, as well more clearly defining the organization’s sphere of influence, including its supply chain.
The most significant change in the standard is the increased emphasis on leadership involvement, engagement from employees, and improving the organization’s reputation and the confidence of stakeholders through strategic communication and stakeholder engagement. Steve Simmonds, Executive Head: Business Development at IsoMetrix explains, “There is a greater expectation for top management to understand the organization’s environmental issues, support the EMS and champion improved performance.” This involves ensuring that the environmental policies and objectives of the organization are compatible with its strategic direction and requires that all staff contribute to the effectiveness of the EMS.