ISO 14001


Management System

The world’s most recognised environmental standard. 

ISO 14001 is an internationally accepted standard that outlines implementing an effective environmental management system. It is designed to help businesses remain commercially successful without overlooking environmental responsibilities.

It can also help you grow while reducing this growth's environmental impact. An ISO 14001 system provides the framework to meet increasingly high customer expectations of corporate responsibility and legal or regulatory requirements. 


ISO 14001 certification is an essential tool for businesses in industries where environmental impact is a significant concern. It provides a framework for managing environmental risks and opportunities and can lead to cost savings, improved efficiency, and enhanced reputation.

The ISO 14001 framework provides organisations a systematic approach to managing their environmental impact.  


Climate change and carbon neutrality are additional drivers of ISO 14001, the internationally recognised standard for environmental management systems (EMS) standard developed by ISO. In response to the growing concerns about climate change, ISO has developed additional standards and guidelines to support organisations in managing their environmental impact.

Implementing ISO 14001 can help your organisation meet emerging environmental regulatory obligations and comply with regulations at national and international levels. This framework drives environmental excellence and provides numerous benefits, including better budget management.

ISO 14001 provides standards for Environmental Management Systems that assist companies in improving their environmental performance. The framework outlined in ISO 14001 helps companies comply with regulations and enhance their environmental management and performance.

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Why is ISO 14001 critical?

ISO 14001 is an international environmental management system (EMS) standard that provides organisations with a framework to achieve carbon neutrality.

Businesses in manufacturing, construction, and transportation industries seek ISO 14001 certification to demonstrate a commitment to sustainable business practices and environmental stewardship. By obtaining this certification, companies can improve their environmental performance, reduce waste and pollution, and enhance their reputation among customers, employees, and shareholders.


The ISO 14001 Environmental Management System provides a benchmark for evaluating environmental performance. This performance encompasses actions like recycling, emission reduction, and efficient use of resources while minimising waste and pollution.

Legal Compliance

Implementing ISO 14001 provides a structure to help identity, monitor, and adhere to environmental standards throughout your procedures. It shows that you have a reliable framework for identifying and following various legal, regulatory, and contractual mandates, which increases your credibility and dependability.

Image & Credibility

Companies can reassure customers and suppliers of their environmental commitment by having an environmental management system to identify and control impacts. This helps improve public image and community relations, increasing market share among stakeholders concerned about environmental practices.

Cost Control

The ISO 14001 system helps to identify, control, and reduce environmental incidents that can result in liability costs such as fines and clean-up expenses. By conserving energy and materials required during the manufacturing process, the environmental management system helps to reduce costs.

Successful Change

Accurate data is crucial for making strategic decisions, an essential aspect of the ISO 14001 standard. Collecting good data and tracking improvements are recommended to ensure the successful adoption and refinement of policy and process changes. This can save time and money.

Continuous Improvement

ISO 14001 emphasises the importance of continuous improvement in your organisation. This means shifting from minor enhancements to larger, more significant ones in your processes. By following systematic procedures, your employees can discover and implement new, better ways to reduce environmental impact and save time and resources.

Employee Engagement & Retention

When employees actively participate in company improvements, they become more engaged in other aspects of the company. If engaged employees work together to decrease the company's environmental impact, this can improve employee focus and retention. Retaining existing employees is more accessible and less costly than recruiting and training new individuals.


Aligning the company’s EMS to the ISO 14001 standard is highly recommended.  

Whilst certification to the ISO 14001 is recommended, it is not mandatory. It adds external recognition that the organisation addresses and reduces its environmental impact.  

The certification process involves a comprehensive assessment of the company's environmental management system, including reviewing policies and procedures, identifying environmental aspects and impacts, and evaluating performance against established objectives and targets. While achieving and maintaining certification can be challenging, the benefits of doing so can be significant. 

While achieving and maintaining certification can be challenging, the benefits of doing so are significant, and companies that embrace sustainable business practices will be well-positioned for long-term success in a rapidly changing business landscape. 



How Does ISO 14001 Work?

Using the British Standard 8555, the EMS is broken into six manageable phases. Each of these phases has individual stages and tasks that organisations can progress.


ResourceKraft has expertise in Environmental Management Systems with years of consultancy experience in creating, implementing, and delivering environmental management systems aligned to ISO 14001.  

As IEMA Certified Lead EMS Auditors, our consultants will help you implement a robust EMS that suits your requirements, and work in partnership with your team to leverage existing processes and establish new ones that aid in streamlining operations and continuous improvement. Our goal is to ensure a hassle-free path to certification by working closely with your team. 

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