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The international ISO 14001 standard offers a framework for organisations to demonstrate their commitment to mitigate environmental impact. Bureau Veritas is here to support you in meeting the requirements of the standard through their ISO 14001 accreditation.

What is ISO 14001?

Sustainability performance and environmental management is no longer a box ticking exercise. Driven by regulatory pressure and consumer demand against the backdrop of climate change, organisations of all sizes must take steps to measure, report and minimise their impact on the environment.

ISO 14001 is the leading international management systems standard for environmental performance, specifying the requirements for the creation and maintenance of a successful Environmental Management System. ISO 14001 accreditation will help an organisation stay competitive in consumer markets that are increasingly seeking environmental responsibility. 


Achieving certification to the ISO 14001 standard will help to:

  • Demonstrate your commitment to protect the environment and prevent pollution
  • Control costs by conserving input materials and energy
  • Continuously improve your environmental performance
  • Compatible with other management systems standards 
  • Reduce the risk of penalties and liabilities in a rapidly-evolving regulatory landscape
  • Work effectively with stakeholders and your supply chain
  • Access new local and global markets through certification

Why Choose BV for your ISO 14001 Accreditation

  • Legal compliance: ISO 14001 accreditation helps a business comply with environmental laws and regulations. This is particularly important because non-compliance can result in fines, penalties, and legal action, which can harm a company's reputation and bottom line.
  • Improved environmental performance: Implementing an EMS can help a business reduce its environmental impact and improve its sustainability. This can lead to cost savings, improved efficiency, and enhanced reputation.
  • Competitive advantage: ISO 14001 accreditation can provide a competitive advantage by demonstrating a company's commitment to environmental responsibility. This can be particularly important for businesses operating in environmentally sensitive sectors, where customers, investors, and regulators may prioritise sustainability.
  • Stakeholder engagement: ISO 14001 accreditation can help a business engage with its stakeholders, including customers, employees, and suppliers, on environmental issues. This can lead to increased trust, loyalty, and collaboration.

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  • What are the key requirements of an environmental policy to achieve ISO 14001?

    Key requirements of the ISO 14001 standard include commitment to environmental protection and legal compliance, definition of environmental aspects and impacts, setting and reviewing environmental objectives/target and integration of environmental management into business processes. The standard also requires assignment of responsibilities and roles, communication with stakeholder and continual improvement of the environmental management system.

  • What is the main aim of ISO 14001?

    The main aim of ISO 14001 is to provide a framework for organisations to manage their environmental responsibilities and to minimise their negative impact on the environment. Providing a systematic approach to environmental management, the ultimate goal is to promote sustainable development and to contribute to a cleaner, safer, and healthier environment for present and future generations.

  • Is ISO 14001 compulsory?

    No, ISO 14001 is a voluntary standard but many organisations choose to pursue ISO 14001 certification as a way to demonstrate their commitment to environmental protection and to improve their overall environmental performance. Some may find that they need ISO 14001 certification in order to do with business in certain industries or with certain customers, as a means of demonstrating environmental performance standards.

  • Which sectors would benefit from ISO 14001?

    ISO 14001 can be beneficial for organisations in any industry sector, because all businesses have some degree of impact on the environment. It is particularly useful for those in manufacturing, construction, energy and utilities, agriculture, transport and logistics, waste management and recycling – but is not restricted to those industries.

  • How does ISO 14001 differ from ISO 9001 and ISO 45001?

    ISO 14001 is the global standard for environmental management systems, setting a framework for organisations to manage their environmental impacts and responsibilities. ISO 9001 focuses on quality, customer satisfaction and continuous improvement, while ISO 45001 (occupational health and safety management system) aims to prevent injury and ill health in the workplace. Although each of these standards covers a different aspect of organisational performance, they all have common elements and organisations can choose to meet all three through an integrated management system.


The ISO 14001 standard requires commitment and buy-in from all levels of the organisation including senior management, bringing environmental management into the heart of business governance.

ISO 14001 certification starts with a business-wide analysis of social and environmental impacts and requires full integration of environmental performance into business processes. The framework identifies environmental management risks throughout the product and service lifecycle, helping to integrate circular economy principles into design and development of new products.  


    Achieving and maintaining ISO 14001 certification can be challenging, but it is a vital point of difference for many organisations in competitive markets. With a global network of experts, Bureau Veritas offers specialist support services. Our approach to certification has been established over 30 years and is supported by a global accreditation held with the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS).

    We can help you to meet the requirements of the standard, identify any gaps in your Environmental Management System and audit the business to the required standard.

    • Established and proven approach to certification, with full accreditation from relevant bodies including more than 40 national and international accreditation bodies across the world
    • Support from a global leader with more than 150,000 active ISO certificates and 7,400+ skilled auditors worldwide
    • Complete peace of mind from an impartial, independent third-party
    • Large range of customised certification and audit services covering quality, health, safety, sustainability and environmental
    • Unique partnership approach to drive efficiency and improve the effectiveness of our service
    • Wide range of training courses to help implement and maintain an ISO 14001 environmental management system

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