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ISO 14000

What is ISO 14000?

ISO 14000 - a series of internationally recognized standards for the establishment of environmental management systems in organizations and companies, the purpose of which is to support environmental protection and prevent environmental pollution, balancing this activity with socio-economic needs. ISO 14000 is one of the world's most recognized standards for environmental management systems. The number of organizations certified to this standard worldwide currently exceeds 21,000. Registration to ISO 14000 standards is increasingly required by businesses, especially European consumers.

The need for ISO 14000

None of the organizations exist in an environmental vacuum. The activities of each organization are influenced by a number of stakeholders - legislators, insurance agencies, consumers, suppliers, company employees and society as a whole, each of which has its own specific wishes and interests. In turn, society's growing environmental awareness is affecting business on a global scale, as entrepreneurs must strive to comply with both government laws and consumer expectations. International standards help to safeguard the interests of stakeholders.

What does ISO 14001 contain?

ISO 14001 is the basic document in the ISO 14000 series of standards. This document is used for certification. It details how the environmental management system should be defined and implemented. ISO 14001 requires the implementation of an environmental management system. ISO 14001 can apply to all types of organizations, large and small, in any industry, ISO 14000 can apply to all or part of an organization. An important aspect of the standard is that the standard focuses on continuous improvement, resulting in many companies increasing profits.

Environmental development guidelines

International and local standards, as well as legislation, incorporate and improve viable and revised development requirements for the environment, meeting the needs of the current generation so that future generations can meet their own needs and aspirations.

Revised guidelines for viable development are

  • The level of availability of resources with natural regenerative capacity must be lower than their level of regeneration.

  • Resources that do not have a natural capacity for regeneration must be used as rationally as possible.

  • The development of technologies must take into account the potential of these technologies to fill gaps arising from the use of resources that do not have natural regenerative capacity.

  • As an alternative, those resources that have a natural resilience should be used instead of those that cannot recover naturally.

The essence of maintaining sustainable development

Loss of resources <Resource recovery

A certified environmental management system can give a company a competitive advantage over those customers who are strongly committed to protecting the environment. This certified system confirms that the company cares about environmental issues and the future of all mankind.

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