ISO/DIS 14001:2015, Clause 4

4. Context of the Organization
4.1 Understanding the Organization and its Context

ISO/DIS 14001:2015 adds to the common Annex SL text that the issues to be determined include environmental conditions that are capable of affecting or being affected by the organization. According to Annex A of ISO/DIS 14001:2015, these conditions may include climate, air quality, water quality, land use, existing contamination, natural resource availability, and biodiversity.

4.2 Understanding the Needs and Expectations of Interested Parties The draft 14001:2015 standard adds that the organization must determine which of the needs and expectations of the interested parties become compliance obligations. According to its definition, “compliance obligation” is a requirement that an organization has to, or chooses to, comply with.

Obligations may arise from mandatory requirements, such as applicable laws and regulations, or voluntary commitments, such as organization and industry standards, contractual relationships, principles of good governance, and community and ethical standards.

4.3 Determining the Scope of the Environmental Management System When determining the scope, ISO/DIS 14001:2015 adds other issues to be considered: the organization’s units, functions, and physical boundaries; its activities, products, and services; and its authority and ability to exercise control and influence. Any activities, products, and services that can have significant environmental aspects must be included in the scope of the environmental management system.

4.4 Environmental Management System ISO/DIS 14001:2015 adds to the Annex SL text that the requirements of the standard are to be met to enhance the environmental performance of the organization.