ISO 14001 is an international standard for environmental management systems that provides requirements for organizations to develop and implement a framework to identify and control their environmental impacts and improve their environmental performance. The standard is intended to help organizations minimize the negative impacts of their activities on the environment, comply with applicable laws, regulations and other environmentally oriented requirements, and continuously improve their environmental performance. The overall objective of ISO14001 certification in this regard is to promote a continuous environmental improvement process in line with socio-economic needs within organizations. Important advantages of the standard are the international recognition of the environmental management system, the continuous improvement of the environmental management system as well as more legal certainty and calculability of liability risks. The standard follows the so-called "High Level Structure" (HLS). In the context of ISO standards, the HLS describes a standardized method for developing future ISO standards for management systems in a way that is mutually supportive. This initiative consists of common terms, similar core text, basic definitions and all requirements of the management system standards.