ISO 14001 Environmental management system

ISO 14001 Environmental management system

The ISO 14001 is an international standard for environmental management systems. In the environment field, it is the most widely used standard. By implementing ISO 14001, environmental policy is implemented throughout the organisation. The standard aims at continuous improvement of environmental performance and environmental protection.

Why ISO 14001 certification?

Sustainability and the environment are now essential themes within companies and organisations. Moreover, there are increasing expectations on these topics from a social point of view and customers' perspectives.

With the introduction and certification of an environmental management system according to ISO 14001, you continuously work on improving your environmental performance, safeguarding and monitoring laws and regulations, and demonstrating the investment in environmental aspects.

The current version of the standard is ISO 14001:2015. This standard also includes the term 'life cycle (perspective)'. It describes the frameworks and steps of the entire process of your service or product, from raw material, to use and disposal'. This extends your management system even further than internal processes, because it also highlights the environmental gains within the chain, including your suppliers' and customers' influences.

An overview of the benefits of an ISO 14001 certificate:

  • Insight into the systematic improvement of your environmental performance
  • Realisation of your environmental objectives
  • Savings in raw materials, energy and waste costs
  • Complying with laws and regulations
  • Influencing the chain (life cycle)
  • Positive image to your stakeholders

What does our ISO 14001 certification process look like?

We have worked out the process step by step for you in our brochure “The Certification Process”. This will provide you with insight into our working method. For further explanation, we would like to schedule a personal conversation with you. Please feel free to contact us obligation-free.

Advantages of an ISO 14001 certification process at Bureau Veritas:

Always a single fixed point of contact

Within our Benelux organisation's certification departments, we appoint a single point of contact who will arrange the planning, certificate issue, overall coordination and agreements regarding the maintenance of your certification agreement. As a result, the lines remain short and clear, so that our communication and cooperation is effective.

Availability of auditors in Benelux

We have local offices in Belgium and the Netherlands and work with one of the largest pool of auditors within the Benelux. As a result, we have extensive access to auditors, and can always select suitable auditors for you who are known in your industry and also fit in with your company culture.

International network

Our global organisation makes it possible to visit your locations with local auditors around the world. Depending on your wishes, we can offer several options in order to achieve the desired interpretation together. 

Many international organisations have experienced that collaboration with Bureau Veritas brings a lot of benefit. In particular, the cost savings and the increase in quality benefit from this. This is because travel time and costs are limited, and we are familiar with the local market and local language.

Certainty of accreditation

Bureau Veritas values the quality of certification. We strive to carry out your certification under accreditation. ISO 14001 can be offered under Belac (BE-022/BE-V-0022), RvA accreditation (C165/C248) or UKAS (0008) accreditation.

Structure of the ISO 14001 standard

The ISO 14001 standard is built according to the Harmonized Structure (HS) principle. The HS contains the common structure and core requirements for all ISO management system standards, so that these standards fit seamlessly together.

The chapters and classification of the HS are as follows: 
Chapter 0: Introduction
Chapter 1: Scope
Chapter 2: Normative references
Chapter 3: Definitions
Chapter 4: Organisational context
Chapter 5: Leadership
Chapter 6: Planning
Chapter 7: Support
Chapter 8: Implementation
Chapter 9: Evaluation
Chapter 10: Improvement

Do you have questions about ISO 14001?

Knowledge of the standard is essential for your certification process to succeed. Bureau Veritas has its own training department that provides standard knowledge and audit training in the field of ISO 14001, but also numerous other standards. In addition, we take care of the official IRCA approved Lead Auditor ISO 14001. For additional information about our services and the possibilities, please call us on +31 (0)88 450 56 00.

If you are interested in training, please refer to our training website. You can contact us obligation-free for tailor-made information and advice. We can be reached on phone number: +31 (0)88 450 5551