The ISO 14001
standard expects you to:
• Develop an
environmental policy for your organization.
Your policy should make it clear that your organization supports
the establishment of an
It should also make it clear that you are committed to protecting
the environment and improving your organization’s
• Establish an
environmental management system (EMS).
An EMS is a network of interrelated elements. These elements
include responsibilities, authorities, relationships, functions,
processes, practices, procedures, and resources.
• Identify the most significant
past, present, and future activities, products, and services.
An environmental aspect is any feature or characteristic of
an activity, product, or service that has or could have
an impact on the environment.
• Clarify and respect the legal and other
requirements that apply
to your organization’s environmental aspects. ISO 14001 wants
you to identify and meet these requirements.
environmental objectives and
targets for all relevant
and levels within your organization. Your objectives and targets
should address significant environmental aspects and be
consistent with your environmental policy.
• Create programs to implement your
achieve your environmental objectives and
targets. Make sure
that your programs allocate responsibility for implementing your
environmental policy and achieving your environmental
objectives and targets.
• Evaluate your environmental management system in order
to identify opportunities for improvement. ISO 14001 expects
you to monitor, measure, audit, and review your EMS in order
to identify corrective and preventive actions and to improve
your overall environmental performance. It also expects you
to make sure that your environmental policy is appropriate
and being applied, and that your environmental objectives
and targets are being achieved.