For companies and organizations of any type that require practical tools to manage their environmental responsibilities, there’s the ISO 14000 family.
International Standards on environmental management provide tools for a strategic approach to environmental issues. The best-known such standard is ISO 14001, setting out the criteria for an environmental management system (EMS). Together with a set of supporting documents it forms the ISO 14000 family of standards.
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- ISO 14001:2015Environmental management systemsImprove your environmental performance with this family of standards.
- ISO 14004:2016Environmental management systemsGeneral guidelines on implementation
- ISO 14005:2019Environmental management systemsGuidelines for a flexible approach to phased implementation
What you need to know about ISO environmental management standards
What do the standards in the ISO 14000 family cover?
ISO 14001 provides requirements with guidance for use that relate to environmental management systems. 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.
The ISO 14000 family of standards are developed by ISO Technical Committee ISO/TC 207 and its various subcommittees. For a full list of published standards in the family see their standards catalogue.
Can an organization be ISO 14000 certified?
ISO 14001 on environmental management systems (EMS) is the only standard in the ISO 14000 family that can be certified to. It maps out a framework that a company or organization can follow to set up an effective EMS.
Designed for any type of organization, regardless of its activity or sector, it can provide assurance to company management and employees as well as external stakeholders that environmental impact is being measured and improved.
There are more than 500,000 certifications to ISO 14001 in over 180 countries around the world. Learn more about the ISO Survey of certifications.
We've also created a short document where you can find out more, not only on certification, but a wide range of benefits of ISO 14001.