UN developments and ISO 14001 – 25 years of history

The following illustration outlines how, since the 1980’s, UN developments have in many ways been followed by ISO and specifically ISO 14001.

In 1986 UN published ‘Our Common Future’ which defined sustainable development. ISO recognised the importance of this development by setting up SAG Environment (SAGE) in 1991.

The first UN Earth Summit occurred in 1992 it adopted Agenda 21 based on ‘

Our Common Future’. ISO 14001 was published in 1996 as a direct outcome of ISO SAGE.

In 2000 UN member states committed to Millennium Development Goals which yet again moved the environmental agenda forward. In 2004 ISO 14001 revision was published. In 2012 UN 2nd Earth Summit agreed ‘The future we want’ which resulted in UN developing its sustainable development goals in 2015 when ISO 14001:2015 was also published, both moving the environmental agenda forward



Supporting Environmental and Business Challenges

UN Sustainable Development Goals - can ISO standards help? Yes!

Climate change how ISO 14001 helps including with adaptation

How ISO 14001 Support Value Creation in Business

What ISO TC207 standards can add detail to ISO 14001

Challenges for Environmental Management Systems 

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