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ISO Strengthens Management Standards to Address Climate Action

Jonathan Brun

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has unveiled significant updates to its management standards, reaffirming its commitment to addressing climate change. Announced in February, these revisions mark a pivotal shift in organizational climate action, aligning with the ISO London Declaration and reflecting ISO’s evolving approach to sustainability.

Key Changes and Consequences 

Under the updated standards, including ISO 14001, ISO 15378, ISO 19443, ISO 21001, ISO 22000, ISO 22301, ISO 28000, ISO 29001, ISO 37001, ISO 45001, ISO 50001, ISO 9001, ISO/IEC 20000 and ISO/IEC 27001, organizations are now required to integrate climate change considerations into their management systems. Mandated under Clause 4.1, this directive underscores the imperative for organizations to assess the impact of climate change on their operations and strategic objectives.

Additionally, the amendments extend to Clause 4.2, emphasizing the importance of addressing the requirements of interested parties related to climate change. This holistic approach ensures that organizations not only acknowledge climate change as a pertinent issue but also respond to stakeholder concerns regarding climate-related risks and opportunities.

Broader Application and Industry Implications

The amendments extend beyond traditional management standards, encompassing a diverse array of industry-specific standards such as AS9100 (aerospace) and IATF 16949® (automotive). This universal application underscores the significance of climate action across sectors, urging companies to embed climate considerations into their operational frameworks.

For certified companies, these amendments necessitate a proactive approach to integrating climate change considerations into existing management systems. By aligning with ISO’s updated standards, organizations can mitigate climate-related risks, enhance resilience, and contribute to global sustainability efforts.

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