ISO 14001 standard

The ISO 14001 standard, like the ISO 14000 series of standards, concerns environmental management, i.e. the management of an organisation according to the environmental impact generated by its activity.

This standard, which is inherent in environmental responsibility, is intended as a means of assessing the effect of an entity's operations on the planet, but also to put in place measures to reduce this impact, all in a quality approach.

Implementing environmental management

ISO 14001, as created and promulgated by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), aims to improve the ecological performance of organizations but also to facilitate the implementation of efficient actions and means to achieve this goal.

Being ISO 14001 certified is therefore proof of your organization's willingness to reduce its impact on the environment as part of a continuous improvement process.

Requirements of the iso 14001 standard

The ISO 14001 standard consists of 6 chapters and 18 requirements. If there is no quantified requirement for environmental performance, this standard provides a standardized framework for implementing a realistic and effective strategy. It is therefore a question of :
  • Define the objectives of the organization
  • To plan actions to reduce the environmental impact and risks associated with its activity
  • To implement these actions in practice by involving the staff
  • To control this implementation, and possibly to make corrections
  • Verify the efficiency of the measures taken, their compliance with applicable legislation and validate the objectives achieved

What are the advantages of being ISO 14001 certified ?

Controlling your environmental impact is particularly important for the planet, but ISO 14001 also has other advantages.


Your organization's expenses are partly related to its "ecological burden". Complying with the rules of ISO 14001 certification significantly reduces the use of raw materials, your energy costs and improves the treatment and recycling of your waste - all of which have a financial impact.

According to an AFNOR study of March 2018, 78% of ISO 14001 companies report a financial gain in certification, partly due to this cost reduction.


ISO 14001 is an integral part of CSR, Corporate Social Responsibility: it is a set of practices in response to the social, environmental or ethical issues involved in a company's activity. Each organization can choose, on a voluntary basis, to subscribe to these principles.

An ISO 14001 certified entity, as part of a corporate social responsibility approach, must therefore define a new strategy that is conscious of the world and the society around it. The official recognition of the efforts made (which results in ISO 14001 certification) or the adherence to CSR values are all very strong points in terms of image for your organization.


The implementation of environmental actions and changes throughout your company is an excellent means of internal or external communication.

Certification reveals an entity's ability to subscribe to good environmental practices - it is an extremely positive signal sent to your customers and prospects alike. This can therefore have an effect on your image, your ability to communicate and your turnover.
In addition, certification allows you to respond to certain calls for tenders reserved for companies certified ISO 14001.

Qualios and ISO 14001 certification

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Our solutions are continuously improving to improve the productivity of your organization, the management of your flows and your impact on the planet. We are at your disposal: depending on your needs, we can even offer you a free demonstration of our tools !