The Benefits of ISO 14001 Environmental Management System


ISO 14001 is an internationally recognised standard that supports businesses to achieve sustainability, comply with environmental legislation and reduce waste and costs. The standard provides a framework for considering your organisation’s impact on the environment from procurement through to the delivery of products and services. It also requires you to evaluate your emergency planning, community relations, and customer expectations.


Business benefits of Implementing ISO 14001

1. Compliance

ISO 14001 requires that your environmental management system complies with relevant legislation, and that you communicate your legal responsibilities to the workforce and interested parties.



  • Tighter compliance to environmental legislation.
  • Reduced risk of fines and prosecutions.
  • The potential for fewer visits from the Environment Agency and lower insurance premiums.
  • Monitoring compliance allows you to respond proactively to potential issues and changes in legislation.

2. Business growth

The standard supports you to identify the environmental impact of all your business activities and put measures in place to reduce impact.



  • Lower operational costs that can be passed on as savings to your customers.
  • Increased efficiency and less waste production.
  • Stakeholder trust and confidence in your approach to the environment.
  • Improves your bottom line.

3. Reputation

Achieving ISO 14001 certification demonstrates that your organisation prioritises sustainability. It provides evidence that you have best practice policies and procedures in place, and that you are committed to continual improvement.



  • Boosts reputation and increase stakeholder satisfaction.
  • Competitive advantage in new and existing markets.
  • Increased customer loyalty.


4. Life cycle control

The standard requires organisations to assess the control they have at each stage of the life cycle. It therefore drives businesses to evaluate all operations, from supply chain integrity to the production and transport of goods.



  • Increased supply chain integrity and resilience.
  • More efficient production processes.
  • Reduced costs and environmental impact by adopting sustainable practices.

How to become ISO 14001 certified

Achieving ISO 14001 certification tells your customers and stakeholders that you are an environmentally responsible and resilient business.

Understanding and meeting the standard’s requirements can be a daunting task. However, with the support of NDC’s qualified ISO 14001 lead auditors, the process is straightforward and structured. We can help you to assess your current systems against the standard and put the necessary measures in place to meet the standard’s requirements.

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