Benefits of using ISO 14001

In 2013 we conducted a survey which was issued in 11 languages through National Standard Bodies and garnered an unprecedented response of close to 5000 participants in 110 countries worldwide.

The survey among other asked about the benefit of using ISO 14001. The following values were identified

flowers as benefit

 75% high or above for meeting legal requirements and improving the organization’s environmental performance

> 60% high or above for management commitment and employee engagement 

> 50% high or above for business management, notably for meeting stakeholder requirements, improving public image, achieving strategic objectives, and integrating with business management systems

> 60% moderate value or higher in the area supplier environmental performance

> 75% moderate or above for providing a competitive advantage

> 60% moderate value or above for providing financial benefit


What are the drivers for using ISO 14001?

The survey indicates the strongest environmental drivers for adopting ISO 14001 include:

  1. commitment to environmental protection/conservation
  2. reduction of risk of adverse environmental impact
  3. business management drivers included customer requirements and public image​

Help with ISO 1400:2015

Frequently Asked Questions

Main changes since 2004


Transition webinar 15 Sept 2017

Workshop on main changes 8 September 2015 slides

Life-cycle perspective in ISO 14001

Outsourced Processes in ISO 14001

Terms and Definitions – what are the changes?

Mapping ISO 14001:2015 with ISO 14001:2004

Plan-Do-Check-Act model

Benefits of using ISO 14001

ISO 14001 recognition

Link to ISO 9001

Support materials for ISO 14001

Why was the standard revised



Nele Zgavc
Nele Zgavc
Committee manager to ISO/TC 207/SC 1

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