The Environmental Management Standard (ISO 14001) was updated in 2015. The changes included a move to ensure that the Standard aligns better with other Standards. The new approach is more about Leadership and the context of the organisation. So, it goes beyond the inward looking aspects of the business and its goals. The Environmental Management Standard is about considering the wider scope of the environmental impact of your business.
In a modern social and business context, managing the environmental impact of an organisation makes sense. Environmental issues can have a big cost for most organisations, more so the bigger the business. As a result, the modern business needs to manage its impact, public perception that goes with it and normal business processes. Particularly, those that impact the environment. The ISO 14001 Standard puts all this in context and suggests a way forward.