• International Workplace
  • 29 September 2015

Latest ISO 14001 data shows 7% global growth

Data released today on the uptake of the international Environmental Management Systems Standard ISO 14001 shows that the number of certificates issued worldwide has grown 7% in just one year.

According to IEMA – the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment – the data published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) shows a year-on-year increase of over 22,500 certificates between 2013 and 2014, with worldwide totals of certificates now standing at 324,148. ISO 14001 is globally the second most used Standard companies use to manage their performance, with certifications in 170 countries.  The data on global uptake of ISO 14001 comes just one week after a revised version of the standard was published, following a three year review process.

Martin Baxter, IEMA’s Chief Policy Advisor and the UK’s appointed expert to the ISO 14001 revision working group, said:

The growth we’re seeing in the uptake of ISO 14001 is incredibly encouraging. The new standard raises the bar on the expectations it sets for how organisations manage their environmental performance, and will lead to a positive outcome for businesses around the world.”

The new version of the standard, published on 15th September, has been developed to better align with business strategy and to support organisations becoming more resilient to external environmental change.  The new standard requires companies to:

  • put in place measures to proactively respond to growing environmental risks;
  • ensure top management are accountable for environmental performance improvement; and
  • place greater emphasis on managing environmental impacts across the value chain.

The standard has received widespread recognition and support from business – in a recent survey conducted by IEMA over 40% of businesses said the revised standard will bring greater buy in from senior management. Recent BSI research into the economic benefits of business standards - including ISO 14001 – shows a net £8.2bn contribution to the UK economy.