Published: 16 Mar 2017

With the launch of ISO 14001:2015, auditors need to develop their understanding of the environmental standard. We highlight five top articles on EMS auditing. 

In September 2015, the latest version of ISO 14001 was released. The revised standard is based on Annex SL and as a result auditors will need to develop new knowledge and skills on topics such as the context of the organisation, risk-based thinking and the involvement of top management.

With the deadline for transition looming (1 September 2018), we source the CQI eLibrary for the best articles on environmental auditing and ISO 14001:2015.

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Environmental Impact and Sustainable Development: an analysis in the context of Standards ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and OHSAS 18001 

The article looks at the performance of Brazilian companies in managing environmental impact and sustainable development. Topics discussed include standards, such as ISO 9001 for quality and ISO 14001 for environmental management systems, and the Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series, BS OHSAS 18001.

Using Internal Audit in Assessing Environmental Performance

This paper studies a conceptual framework for the internal control elements of environmental indicators and provides the characteristic and implementation of internal control at the enterprise. It reveals that the environmental audit is a driver for increasing the competitiveness of enterprises. The author makes the case for the model, drawing parallels between the framework and improvement and efficiency.

Making Environmental Self-Regulation Mandatory

This paper describes a simple mechanism for encouraging firms to take environmentally friendly action, and making environmental protection impervious to political change. The authors argue that to encourage firms to take environmentally friendly action and to make environmental protection impervious to political change, governments should make firms’ participation in public procurement programmes contingent on their adoption of an EMS such as ISO 14001.

ISO 14001:2015: An Improved Tool for Sustainability

ISO 14001 is based on the concept that better environmental performance can be achieved when environmental aspects are systematically identified and managed. This paper aims to discuss the sustainability approach through the use of EMS, the results achieved by organisations that implement and certify those EMS, and a special focus on the current process of ISO 14001:2015 revision and the logic behind it. 

GEMI publishes new ISO 14001:2015 Self-Assessment Checklist Tool helps sustainability professionals quickly assess an organisation's management practices according to the latest ISO 14001 updates

The Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI) has released a new edition of its GEMI ISO 14001:2015 Self-Assessment Checklist to reflect the 2015 revisions to the ISO 14001 standard. The checklist enables a rapid self-assessment of an organisation or facility to determine how closely existing management practices and procedures correspond to the elements of the standard.