What is ISO 14001

ISO 14001 - The environment: a hot topic in society for some time now. In the corporate world, too, you cannot avoid the subject. As an organisation, you want to limit the impact on the environment as much as possible. You want to improve your environmental performance in order to contribute to a better living environment. ISO 14001 certification demonstrates that you are actively working on your organisation's environmental performance.

Meaning of ISO 14001

ISO 14001 is the internationally recognised standard that clearly indicates what a good environmental management system should meet, supported by requirements. ISO 14001 was developed by the International Organisation for Standardisation. In the Netherlands the standard has been translated by the Nederlands Normalisatie Instituut (NEN). You can order the complete official standard from the NEN.

With an ISO 14001 certificate, you demonstrate that you comply with environmental legislation and regulations. Your organisation puts environmental performance first and continually strives to minimise its impact on the environment.

Why would you obtain an ISO 14001 certificate?

When implementing the ISO 14001, you map out various environmental aspects and draw up actions to control and improve them. This standard was created for the organisation that understands that systematically implementing environmental aspects will pay for itself, for example by saving energy, creating new market opportunities, improving relations with government agencies and, last but not least, positively improving your organisation’s image. You show that your organisation is well and continuously concerned with the environment, you save the environment and operate in a sustainable way.

Requirements ISO 14001

The most recent version is ISO 14001:2015. Its key points are:

  • Developing environmental policy on a strategic level;
  • Stakeholder involvement;
  • Management commitment and accountability;
  • Acting from a 'life cycle' perspective;
  • Show both internally as well as externally that you are actually doing what you say you will do;
  • Quality of information;
  • Understanding compliance status.

Software tool for implementing and maintaining a standard

The My ISO Genius software tool is an ideal system for implementing and maintaining an ISO standard. Documentation is organized easily and uniformly in the tool, providing an efficient way of working for all users. Tasks are easy to asign to colleagues and it is clear at a glance which tasks have been asigned to you. Periodically recurring tasks are automatically created by the system 1 month before the deadline so you can be sure to take timely action.

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About the author
KAM Consultants was founded by Joost Vaessen in 2011 After seeing various consultants working on ISO implementations in previous years, he decided that ISO certification was becoming far too complex. Reason enough for him to take up the adventure and start his own consultancy firm. Over the years Joost and his team of consultants have guided more than 1000 companies towards various ISO certifications. As a highly experienced consultant, Joost set himself the goal of simplifying ISO certification for companies by sharing knowledge, providing training and developing software.
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