ISO 14001 2015 Outline of Environmental
          Management Standard

This page presents a brief outline of the ISO 14001 2015 environmental management
standard. For a more detailed version,
see ISO 14001 2015 Translated into Plain English.

ISO 14001 2015 Outline

4. Context

4.1 Understand your organization and its particular context.

4.2 Clarify the needs and expectations of your interested parties.

4.3 Define the scope of your environmental management system.

4.4 Establish and maintain an environmental management system.

5. Leadership

5.1 Provide leadership by accepting responsibility for the EMS.

5.2 Provide leadership by establishing an environmental policy.

5.3 Provide leadership by assigning EMS roles and responsibilities.

6. Planning

6.1 Formulate actions to address your risks and opportunities.

6.1.1 Develop processes and prepare plans to establish EMS.

6.1.2 Identify significant environmental aspects and impacts.

6.1.3 Study environmental aspects and compliance obligations.

6.1.4 Address aspects, obligations, risks, and opportunities.

6.2 Set environmental objectives and make plans to achieve them.

6.2.1 Establish environmental objectives for all relevant areas.

6.2.2 Establish plans to achieve objectives and evaluate results.

7. Support

7.1 Support your EMS by providing the necessary resources.

7.2 Support your EMS by ensuring that people are competent.

7.3 Support your EMS by making people aware of their duties.

7.4 Support your EMS by controlling your communications.

7.4.1 Support your EMS by creating communications processes.

7.4.2 Support your EMS by facilitating internal communications.

7.4.3 Support your EMS by establishing external communications.

7.5 Support your EMS by managing documented information.

7.5.1 Support your EMS by using all necessary EMS documents.

7.5.2 Support your EMS by managing the use of EMS documents.

7.5.3 Support your EMS by controlling the use of EMS documents.

8. Operations

8.1 Establish your EMS processes and control how they operate.

8.2 Establish your emergency preparedness and response processes.

9. Evaluation

9.1 Determine your environmental performance and compliance.

9.1.1 Investigate your organizationís environmental performance.

9.1.2 Evaluate your organizationís environmental compliance.

9.2 Audit your organizationís environmental management system.

9.2.1 Conduct EMS conformance audits and document your results.

9.2.2 Establish internal audit methods, schedules, and requirements.

9.3 Review your organizationís environmental management system.

10. Improvement

10.1 Take action to improve your EMS and achieve intended outcomes.

10.2 Control nonconformities and take appropriate corrective action.

10.3 Enhance the suitability, adequacy, and effectiveness of your EMS.


 If you'd like to see how we've translated each of the above sections into
Plain English, please check out our more detailed ISO 14001 web page.

MORE ISO 14001 2015 PAGES

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Overview of ISO 14001 2015 Standard

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Plain English ISO 14001 2015 Definitions

ISO 14001 2015 Translated into Plain English

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ISO 14001 2015 Environmental Management Checklist

Skills Environmental Management Auditors Should Have

Updated on April 18 2021. First published on January 11 2015.

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