Have you noticed that sustainability is among one of the biggest concerns of consumers? This is one of the reasons why companies need to be aware of their processes and possible impacts on nature. Thinking about it, many organizations already understand the importance and apply the standardization of processes based on ISO 14000. Continue reading to learn more!
Straight to the point: ISO 14000 is a compilation of standards that seeks to ensure the good conduct of companies towards the environment, generating an international certification for these organizations.
Within the rules of these norms, there are guidelines on environmental audits, assessment of environmental performance and analysis of the life cycle of products generated and used by the company.
The great function of ISO 14000 is to specify the requirements and obligations of companies, related to the Environmental Management System. Thus, the company is able to create and manage policies that guarantee the legal requirements regarding environmental impacts.
The Environmental Management System or EMS is a set of procedures created to reduce the environmental impacts caused by industries and scale production.
ISO 14000 corresponds to the EMS, which was created to comply with the environmental quality standards of the Brazilian Association of Technical Standards (ABNT).
Therefore, companies, regardless of their area of activity, can and should implement the EMS in their corporate environmental policy.
The origin of ISO 14000
Since 1992 there was already a concern about the environmental problems caused by the high production of industries. With that in mind, the United Nations (UN) held the first meeting focused on the environment, which became known as the Eco-92 Conference.
From that conference, there were results and directions for the rest of the world in relation to science, diplomacy, politics and, mainly, in the environmental area.
The creation of ISO 14000 was determined after the Eco-92 Conference, with the aim of standardizing the duties and obligations of companies based on the environmental expectations agreed upon at the conference. Its official launch took place in 1995, after the creation of the Technical Committee (TC 207) in 1993.
The main role of the committee is to ensure that the policies determined in ISO 14000 are being followed and actually promoting safety for natural resources and the environment.
ISO 14000 is one of the ways the United Nations and ABNT guarantee the commitment of large companies and industries with the environment and with the reduction of the impact they cause in the world.
Without this type of requirement, it is up to the companies to decide to change the way they produce and do business.
The compilation of standards is extremely important for the future of the planet and the relationship between companies and the environment.
By seeking to balance these side effects of production, ISO 14000 can provide for a less polluted and harmful future for the population.
Did you already know ISO 14000? If so, do you already implement it in your company? In the next post we will talk a little more about it. Including how to implement it, who is responsible for it, what are the requirements, among other relevant information! Until then, feel free to learn a little more about Geartech BR by clicking here!