ISO 14001:2015

ISO 14001:2015

Certification of environmental management systems


Credible environmental protection is a firm fixture on the agenda of any corporate culture which is geared to sustainable success. The ISO 14001 norm defines criteria which are applicable worldwide to efficient and effective environmental management systems. The new 2015 revision of the standard also calls for the integration of external issues, relevant for the affected organisation and its stakeholders. A new requirement will also be the consideration of products and services over their entire cycle of life. Beside of environmental protection, the new standard is also focusing on the opportunities for managing and controlling environmental responsibility in such a way, that they will be developed to an ecological pillar of a sustainable development.


ISO 14001:2015 forms the basis for a systematic orientation on relevant environmental aspects including concerned stakeholders. Such an environmental management system will help to minimise risks and to continuously improve the organisation. Verification that the criteria are satisfied will be gaining for customers, suppliers, partners and for the public.

Target groups

Companies and organisations of all sizes operating in all sectors.


3 years - there is an annual audit to ensure that standards are being maintained and a recertification audit after 3 years.


The SQS certificate of conformity with ISO 14001 has international validity and is recognised worldwide through the IQNet partnership. As a leading assessment and certification body for quality and management systems, SQS has many years of experience and expertise spanning all sectors of industry. This explains why the SQS certificate for environmental management systems conforming to ISO 14001 is held in high regard and accepted all over the world.


ISO 14001 can be extended to an integrated management system in connection with ISO 9001 (quality management), OHSAS 18001 (Occupational health and safety management system), ISO 50001 (Energy management) or ISO 31000 (Risk management). Based on the harmonised structure of the standards, the structures of the new 2015 revision of the standard will facilitate the integration of an environmental management system into an existing quality management system according to ISO 9001:2015.
Adrian Plüss