ISO 14001 is an internationally recognized environmental management system (EMS) based on the Plan-Do-Check-Act model utilized by leading organizations. ISO 14001 provides practical tools for companies and organizations looking to identify and control their environmental impact and constantly improve their environmental performance.

ISO 14001 Environmental Management System

What is ISO 14001? 

The ISO 14001 standard is a set of management processes and procedures that allow an organization to analyze, control, and reduce the environmental impact of its activities, products, and services and operate with greater efficiency and control.

  • Review the organization’s environmental goals and set a new environmental policy 

  • Analyze the organization’s environmental impacts and legal requirements

  • Set environmental objectives and targets to reduce environmental impacts and comply with legal requirements

  • Establish ongoing programs to meet these objectives and targets and periodically monitor and measure progress in achieving the objectives

  • Ensure employees’ environmental awareness and competence through training and evaluation

  • Review progress of the EMS on a regular basis and make improvements as needed

  • Plan-Do-Check-Act Management System

EMS are appropriate for all kinds of organizations of varying sizes in public and private sectors and encourage an organization to continuously improve its environmental performance while evaluating the environmental impact of its current operations. Once the current impacts are evaluated, then goals and targets are set to reduce those impacts. 


The ultimate goal of any EMS is to integrate environmental considerations into everyday business opera ons, and ensure that environmental stewardship becomes part of the daily responsibilities “business as usual” for everyone across the en reorganization, not just in the environmental department.

Basic Elements of an EMS​