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A5. Integration of biodiversity considerations into business activity

Type: Response indicator

Indicator Description

This indicator shows the number of ISO (‘International Organization for Standardization’) 14001 certifications in the UK as a proportion of the total number of medium (50 to 249 employees) and large (at least 250 employees) businesses in the UK.

It is a proxy for the number of medium and large businesses in the UK that are taking steps to minimise their environmental impact as measured by the proportion of these businesses with ISO 14001 Environmental Management System (EMS) certification.

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Summary

In 2017, the number of ISO[1] (‘International Organization for Standardization’) 14001 certifications in the UK as a proportion of the total number of medium and large businesses in the UK was 41.5% (Figure A5).

This represents a long-term increase of more than 550% since the ISO Environmental Management System standard was first introduced in 1999; a small, short-term decrease of 3% since 2012; and a similarly small increase of 2% in the most recent year for which data are available.

Figure A5. Number of ISO 14001 certifications in the UK as a proportion of the total number of medium and large businesses in the UK, 1999 to 2017.

Notes:

  1. Based on the total number of ISO 14001 (Environmental Management System) certifications in the UK on 31 December each year and the total number of medium and large businesses in the UK on 1 January of the following year.
  2. ‘Medium businesses’ are those that employ between 50 and 249 staff; ‘large businesses’ are those that employ at least 250 staff.

Source: Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy; International Organization for Standardization.

Assessment of change in biodiversity considerations in business activity

 

Long term

Short term

Latest year

Number of ISO 14001 certifications in the UK as a proportion of the total number of medium and large businesses in the UK


1999–2017


2012–2017

Increased (2017)

Note: The long- and short-term assessments are based on a 3% rule of thumb. The base years for these assessments use a 3-year average. See Assessing Indicators.

[1] Because 'International Organization for Standardization' would have different acronyms in different languages the organisation is known by the short form ISO. ISO is derived from the Greek isos, meaning equal.

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Last updated: September 2019

Latest data: 2017

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UK Biodiversity Indicators 2019

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