ISO/DIS 14001:2015, Clause 5

5. Leadership
5.1 Leadership and Commitment

The draft ISO 14001:2015 standard adds another way that top management must demonstrate its leadership and commitment – by taking accountability for the effectiveness of the environmental management system.

5.2 Environmental Policy
The policy commitment to meet requirements has been clarified as conforming to compliance obligations. The commitment for continual improvement has been clarified as improving the environmental management system to enhance environmental performance. A third policy commitment has been added: to protect the environment, including prevention of pollution.

A Note at this clause states other policy commitments might include sustainable resource use, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and protection of biodiversity and ecosystems. The draft standard adds that the policy must be communicated not just to employees, but also to persons doing work under the organization’s control.

5.3 Organizational Roles, Responsibilities, and Authorities
The draft ISO 14001:2015 standard clarifies that responsibilities and authorities are assigned and communicated to facilitate effective environmental management. It also adds that reporting on the performance of the system to top management includes reporting on environmental performance.