ISO 14001
Environmental Management System

ISO 14001 outlines the criteria for an effective and efficient Environmental Management System. This system should be based on your context, the legislation that applies to your organisation and the environmental issues that are important to you.

With over 300,000 certificates issued globally, ISO 14001 is the go-to solution for your environmental concerns, ensuring you are responsible, accountable and sustainable.


Every responsible business leader has concerns about how their company’s activities are impacting on the environment. Water use, energy use, pollution and waste are some factors that may negatively affect your local, national and international environment. Such factors may also reduce your profitability and reputation if not managed effectively.

ISO 14001 will allow your organisation to achieve an appropriate and effective balance between relevant environmental, societal and economic factors. While it will not provide specific solutions, it will prescribe controls that should be in place for you to have an Environmental Management System that is right for your organisation.

Therefore, this respected, international Standard should be a serious consideration for any responsible business.

Centre for Assessment provides certification to ISO 14001 via a comprehensive audit of your Environmental Management System. We will help ensure that the environmental issues that affect your business are managed in a responsible and transparent way.

Who is this for?

ISO 14001 is available to practically any organisation, of any size and in any sector.

Environmental Compliance Officers, Sustainability Managers, those responsible for waste, carbon footprint, CSR or indeed anyone who cares about the Green agenda should consider implementing ISO 14001.

If you would like to mitigate the negative impact your organisation may have on the environment, ensure you comply with international legislation and demonstrate a responsible, ethical business model, ISO 14001 is for you. It is particularly important for businesses that have identified potential risks to environmental welfare and for those looking to achieve environmentally-sound alternatives to these risks.

Related services

Following the Annex SL format, ISO 14001 can be integrated with other Management Systems, such as ISO 9001 (Quality Management) and ISO 45001 (Occupational Health & Safety Management).  Centre for Assessment can provide audits against several frameworks as a single project.  Please get in touch to find out more about this.

Features and benefits

First launched in 1996, the latest version of ISO 14001 was published in 2015 with seven main changes: strategy, leadership, environmental protection, environmental performance, life-cycle perspective, communication and documentation.

The reasons why you may choose to implement ISO 14001 are based on environmental responsibility and the business case for this. Once in place, you may be better able to:

  • reduce your negative impact on the environment;
  • increase customer trust by demonstrating your responsible approach to doing business;
  • gain a competitive advantage;
  • engage all employees with the environmental factors that affect your organisation;
  • improve your environmental performance;
  • comply with international legislation;
  • respond to changing environmental conditions;
  • hold all environmental initiatives centrally for better evaluation and improvement;
  • develop a top-down culture around sustainability;
  • become champions of environmental management in your sector and beyond;
  • increase profitability by reducing different types of waste, saving money on utility bills;
  • safeguard your reputation and mitigate risk.
How we can help

Centre for Assessment is accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) to provide certification to ISO 14001, giving you the assurance of a value-adding, rigorous and beneficial audit against the framework.

With our experienced, expert team of auditors located across the UK and beyond, Centre for Assessment can meet your needs, supporting your journey towards achieving the quality mark. Although regulations do not allow us to offer our own advisory service, we do have a list of trusted, independent management consultants who can support your preparations for ISO 14001 audit and certification. However, we can provide a pre-assessment service.

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Certification and audit process

  • Initial thoughts: Firstly, you need to establish that ISO 14001 is the right fit for your organisation and, if so, what the scope of certification will be. Centre for Assessment will be happy to help you make these decisions.

  • Preparation: You may choose to hire a consultant to help you design and implement your Environmental Management System. Centre for Assessment does not offer a consultancy service but can provide you with a list of our independent associates. You could use Centre for Assessment to provide a pre-assessment service. Alternatively, you may choose to move forward without seeking external support.

  • Apply: Submit an application form via our online form here.

  • Quotation: Your application will be reviewed by a member of our Business Development team, who may need to call you to request further information before providing you with a no-obligation audit proposal.

  • Accept: Review the proposal sent by Centre for Assessment and, if you are happy, sign and return the document to us.

  • Make arrangements: You will be allocated a specialist, experienced auditor who will contact you to introduce themselves, discuss arrangements and book dates for the audit.

  • Audit Stage One: The Stage One audit will involve a review of the documents relating to your Environmental Management System. Stage One also explores your readiness to move to Stage Two.

  • Audit Stage Two: The Stage Two audit looks at the effectiveness of your Management System, ensuring it is successfully implemented and fully operational.

  • Verification: Once the two stages are complete and any findings addressed, your auditor will recommend that Centre for Assessment awards you with ISO 14001 certification.

  • Certification: Following a technical review by a decision-maker, you will be issued a certificate that is valid for three years. You can advertise the fact that you are certified to the Standard and use the ISO 14001 logo on your website and elsewhere.

  • Annual Audit: At 12 and 24 months, review audits will be completed to ensure you are still compliant with ISO 14001. These will be arranged directly with your auditor.
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