New data shows that the number of businesses worldwide achieving the ISO 14001 standard has exceeded 300,000, highlighting its growing importance for maintaining competitive advantage.
The ISO 14001 environmental management standard is one of the most widely used methods for setting up an environmental management system (EMS) that covers environmental issues such as waste, energy use and logistics.
The new milestone shows that more and more companies are taking action to measure and improve their environmental performance, highlighting its increasing importance in achieving a market advantage over competitors.
According to the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA), the milestone resulted from an increase of almost 17,000 accreditations between 2012 and 2013.
China leads the way, with over a third of total certifications worldwide. The UK lies in fourth place, behind Italy and Japan, with just under 17,000 accredited businesses. The UK figure rose by almost a thousand between 2012 and 2013.
Martin Baxter, executive director for policy and engagement at IEMA, said: “It’s fantastic to see that the total number of ISO 14001 certificates has not only continued to grow year-on-year, but that the total figure has reached a real milestone of over 300,000 certificates worldwide.
“With less than one year to go before the new version of the standard is expected to be implemented, I expect to see a continued trajectory of growth.”