ISO 14001 specifies the requirements for environmental management systems
that organizations can use to enhance their environmental performance.
Achieving a balance between the environment, society and the economy is considered essential to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. This has led organizations to adopt a systematic approach to environmental management by implementing environmental management systems with the aim of contributing to the environmental pillar of sustainability.
ISO 14001 has been revised several times, as shown below:
- 2015 – a very wide ranging revision of structure and concepts
- 2004 – a major change to incorporate ‘the process approach’
- 1996 – introduced as an international standard
- 1994 – originally published in the UK as BS 7750