4 Context of the organization


Please complete all sections starting immediately below. This internal self-assessment will evaluate the compliance of your Environmental Management System with ISO 14001:2015. Remember to attach evidence to items where required, and to sign off and complete this assessment in the final section.

4.1 Understanding the organization and its context

Company determines the external and internal issues that affect the ability to the intended objectives.

4.2 Understanding the needs and expectations of interested parties

Determine relevant interested parties to EMS

The EMS scopes considers the following:

External and internal issues that are relevant to the organizations purpose and its ability to achieve intended outcomes

Compliance obligations

Organizational units, functions and physical boundaries

Activities, products and services

Authority and ability to exercise control and influence

Determine relevant needs and expectations of interested parties

Determine which of these needs and expectations become its compliance obligations

4.3 Determining the scope of the environmental management system

EMS scope is documented and available to interested parties

4.4 Environmental Management System

The manual is established and maintained based on the knowledge obtained from 4.1 and 4.2

5 Leadership

5.1 Leadership and commitment

Top management is identified

Top management demonstrates leadership and commitment

Taking accountability for EMS effectiveness

Ensure EMS policy and objectives are established and are compatible with strategic direction and context of organization

Ensures EMS is integrated into organization's business processes

Ensures resources are available

Communicates importance of effective EMS and of conforming to its requirements

Ensures intended outcomes

Directing and supporting persons to contribute to the effectiveness of the EMS

Promotes continuous improvement

Supports other relevant management roles to demonstrate their leadership as it applies to their areas of respsonsibility

5.2 Environmental policy

Establish, implement and maintain an EMS policy

Appropriate to the purpose and context of the organization, including the nature, scale and environmental impacts of its activities, products and services.

Provides a framework for setting environmental objectives

Includes a commitment to the protection of the environment, including the prevention of pollution and other specific commitment(s) relevant to the context of the organization

Includes a commitment to fulfill its compliance obligations

Includes a commitment to continual improvement of the EMS to enhance environmental performance

EMS Policy shall be maintained as documented information

EMS Policy shall be communicated within organization

EMS Policy is available to interested parties

5.3 Organizational roles, responsibilities and authorities

Responsibilities and authorities for relevant roles are assigned and communicated within the organization

Assign responsibility and authority to ensure EMS conforms to the ISO 14001:2015 standard

Assign responsibility and authority for reporting to top management the performance of the EMS, including environmental performance

6 Planning

6.1 Actions to address risks and opportunities
6.1.1 General

Determine if organization has established, implemented and maintains a process

Has the organization determined risks and opportunities related to its environmental aspects

Has the organization determined risks and opportunities related to its compliance obligations

Has the organization determined risks and opportunities related to other issues and requirements such as interested parties and their relevant needs and expectations and external and internal issues that are relevant to its purposes and its ability to achieve the intended outcomes of the EMS

Has the organization determined potential emergency situations, including those that can have an environmental impact

Verify documented information:

Risks and opportunities that need to be addressed

Processed needed in 6.1.1 to 6.1.4 to the extent necessary to have confidence they are carried out as planned

6.1.2 Environmental Aspects

Determine environmental aspects

Determine significant environmental aspects (threats or opportunities) using established criteria that have or can have significant environmental impact

Significant environmental aspects have been communicated among various organizational levels and functions, as appropriate

Verify documented information:

Environmental aspects and associated environmental impacts

Criteria used to determine its significant environment aspects

Significant environmental aspects

6.1.3 Compliance obligations

Determine and have access to the compliance obligations to the organization related to its environmental aspects

Determine how these compliance obligations apply to the organization

Take into account compliance obligations when establishing, implementing, maintaining and continually improving its EMS

Verify documented information

6.1.4 Planning action

Organization shall plan to take action to address its significant environmental aspects, compliance obligations and identified risks and opportunities

Organization shall plan how to integrate and implement the actions into its EMS processes and evaluate the effectiveness of these actions

Were the organizations technological, financial, operational and financial options/requirements considered

6.2 Environmental objectives and planning to achieve them
6.2.1 Environmental objectives

Environmental objectives determined at appropriate levels and take into account the organization's significant environmental aspects and associated compliance obligations

Environmental objectives shall be:

Consistent with the environmental policy

Measurable (if practicable)



Updated as appropriate

Verify documented information

6.2.2 Planning actions to achieve environmental objectives

Organization shall determine:

What will be done

What resources will be required

Who will be responsible

When it will be completed

How the results will be evaluated, including indicators for monitoring progress toward achievement of its measurable environmental objectives

Organization shall consider how actions to achieve its environmental objectives can be integrated into the organization's business processes

7 Support

7.1 Resources

Organization determined and provide needed resources

7.2 Competence

Organization shall determine necessary competence of person(s) doing work under its control that affects its environmental performance and its ability to fulfill its compliance obligations

Organization shall ensure that person(s) are competent on the basis of education, training or experience

Organization shall determine training needs associated with its environmental aspects and its EMS

Organization shall, where applicable, take actions necessary to acquire the necessary competence, and evaluate the effectiveness of the actions taken

Verify organization retains appropriate documented information as evidence of competence

7.3 Awareness

People doing work under the organization's control are aware of

the environmental policy

the significant environmental aspects and related actual or potential environmental impacts associated with their work

their contribution to the effectiveness of the EMS

the implications of not conforming with the EMS requirements, including not fulfilling the organization's compliance obligations

7.4 Communication

Verify internal and external communication process (what, when, with whom and how to communicate)

Verify how organization responds to relevant communications on its EMS

Verify retained documented information, as appropriate

7.5 Documented information

Verify documented information is identified and described

Verify appropriate format (i.e language, software version, graphics) and media (i.e. paper, electronic)

Verify documented information is reviewed and approved

Verify documented information is available, suitable for use and is adequately protected

Verify documented information's distribution, access, retrieval and use

Verify documented information's storage and preservation

Verify retention and disposition

Verify control of changes

Verify documented information of external origin is identified and controlled

8 Operation

8.1 Operational planning and control

Determine organization has established operating criteria for the process(es)

Determine process controls that have been implemented

Verify the organization controls planned changes and reviews the consequences of unintended changes, taking actions as needed

Verify outsourced processes are controlled or influenced

Verify controls are established in the design and development process

Verify the organization has determined its environmental requirement(s) for the procurement of products and services, as appropriate

Communicate its relevant environmental requirement(s) to external providers, including contractors

Verify the organization's consideration of the need to provide information about potential significant environmental impacts associated with the transportation or delivery, use, end-of-life treatment and final disposition of its products and services

Verify documented information

8.2 Emergency preparedness and response

Verify the organization has established, implemented and maintained a process(es) for potential emergency situations

Verify the organization

prepares to respond to prevent or mitigate adverse environmental impacts from emergency situations

responds to actual emergency situations

takes action to prevent or mitigate the consequences of emergency situations

periodically tests the planned response actions, where practicable

periodically reviews and revises the process(es) and planned response actions, in particular after the occurrence of an emergency situation or test

provided relevant information and training to relevant interested parties, including persons working under its control

Verify documented information

9 Performance evaluation

9.1 Monitoring, measurement, analysis and evaluation

Verify organization is monitoring, measuring, analyzing and evaluating its environmental performance

Verify that calibrated or verified monitoring and measurement equipment is used and maintained, as appropriate

Determine how the organization evaluates its environmental performance and the effectiveness of the EMS

Verify how the organization communicates relevant environmental performance information both internally and externally as identified by its communication process(es) and as required by its compliance obligations

Verify organization has established, implemented and maintains its process(es) needed to evaluate fulfilment of its compliance obligations

Verify organization has:

determined the frequency that compliance will be evaluated

evaluated compliance and take action if needed

maintained knowledge and understanding of its compliance status

Review retained appropriate documented information

9.2 Internal audit

Verify audits are conducted at planned intervals

Verify organization has established, implemented, and maintains an internal audit program

Verify the importance of the environmental process, changes affecting the organization and the results of previous audits are considered

Verify audit criteria and scope are created for each audit

Auditors are objective and impartial

Audit results reported to relevant management

Review retained documented information

9.3 Management review

Verify management reviews EMS at planned intervals

Verify management review includes:

status of actions from previous management reviews

changes in external and internal issues relevant to the EMS

changes in the needs and expectations of interested parties, including compliance obligations

changes in its significant environmental aspects

changes in risks and opportunities

the extent to which environmental objectives have been achieved

information on the organization's environmental performance, including trends in

nonconformities and corrective actions

monitoring and measurement results

fulfilment of its compliance obligations

audit results

adequacy of resources

relevant communication(s) from interested parties, including complaints

opportunities for continual improvement

Outputs of management review shall include:

conclusions on the continuing suitability, adequacy and effectiveness of the EMS

decisions related to continual improvement opportunities

decisions related to any need for changes to the EMS, including resources

actions, if needed, when environmental objectives have not been achieved

opportunities to improve integration of the EMS with other business processes, if needed

any implications for the strategic direction of the organization

Verify retained documented information

10 Improvement

10.1 General
10.2 Nonconformity and corrective action

Verify how organization reacts to nonconformity by evaluating actions taken to control and correct it and how the organization deals with the consequences

Determine what actions are taken to prevent nonconformity from recurring

Verify implemented actions and their effectiveness

Verify retained documented information that provides evidence of the nature of the nonconformity and any subsequent actions taken and the results of any corrective actions

10.3 Continual improvement

Verify how the organization continually improves

Please note that this checklist is a hypothetical example and provides basic information only. It is not intended to take the place of, among other things, workplace, health and safety advice; medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment; or other applicable laws. You should also seek your own professional advice to determine if the use of such checklist is permissible in your workplace or jurisdiction.