The ISO 14001 standard was developed in Amsterdam by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) in 1996.The ISO 14001 environmental management system standard specifies a process for the control and the continuous development of an organization environmental performance. The ISO 14001 standard develops a strategic approach to an organization's environmental policy, plans and actions. It does not specify environmental performance criteria but simply how to develop an ISO 14001 environmental management system. ISO 14001 environmental management systems are the most recognized systems. By choosing ISO 14001 organizations can be easily recognized for their environmental management efforts.