A newly revised version of a global environmental management standard has been launched.
According to the International Organisation for Standardisation, ISO 14001 is one of the world’s most widely used standard, with more than 300,000 certificates issued every year.
It adds the new version responds to the latest trends such as an increasing recognition by companies to factor in both external and internal elements that influence their impact, including climate volatility.
Other key improvements include a greater commitment from leadership, more effective communication and “life cycle thinking”, i.e. considering each stage of a product or service from development to end of life.
Anne-Marie Warris, Chair of ISO Technical Committee said: “ISO 14001 has fulfilled many of the dreams we foresaw over the last 20 years, including helping people to manage all their environmental issues in a holistic manner.
“Looking forward, the new version will help with a stronger integration between environmental issues and an organisation’s strategic action planning and thinking. I foresee the life cycle perspective and supply chain issues embedded in ISO 14001 becoming stronger in the future.”