ISO 14001 User Survey – Your chance to share your views

The user survey for the continual improvement of ISO 14001 and ISO 14004 is open. Now is your chance to give your views and experiences of the international standard for an Environmental Management System (EMS). Your feedback will identify its weaknesses, highlight its future challenges, and provide information for its improvement. 

What is ISO 14001 and ISO 14004?

ISO 14001 is an international standard which provides a framework for creating and applying an EMS. This standard specifies the requirements for achieving an effective EMS. It is entirely voluntary to implement ISO 14001 into your organisation, though there are a vast number of benefits in doing so.

ISO 14004 provides guidance on how to establish, implement, maintain, and improve an EMS. This is a guidance document, and it is not a set of requirements.

Why are they doing the survey?

The global survey gives users the chance to share their opinions and experiences of the management systems. The objective is to use the feedback given to gain an understanding of users’ needs and obtain information that support the revision of ISO 14001, ISO 14004 and other related ISO standards.

Who is the survey intended for?

The survey is seeking views from:

  • individuals in organisations that have implemented ISO 14OO1 and / or ISO 14OO4; and
  • other individuals with working knowledge or interest in ISO 14001 (e.g., certification bodies, regulatory agencies, academia, research institutions, trade associations, and industry groups). ​​​​

On average, the survey should take 20 minutes to complete, and responses can be saved to continue later. While mobile phones can be used, it is recommended to use a laptop or PC to complete the survey, due to the formatting of some questions.

The results of the survey will be published on the ISO/TC 207/SC 1 website. All responses would be confidential and individual respondents would not be identified.

The survey can be completed here: ISO 14001 Continual Improvement Survey – 2021 (qualtrics.com)

The survey will close on 13th November 2021.


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