The Importance of ISO 14001 to All of Us

 ISO 14001 certified manufacturerWe take our commitment to socially responsible manufacturing seriously. To that end, we make sure that our standing as an ISO 14001 certified manufacturer is constantly reflected in our production processes. In that way, our customers can rest assured that their orders will be handled in the most responsible manner possible.

For those who are still unaware of the importance of ISO 140001, here’s a brief overview. The ISO 14000 family of standards codifies a set of guidelines for “various aspects of environmental management.”

“The ISO 14000 environmental management standards exist to help organizations (a) minimize how their operations (processes etc.) negatively affect the environment (i.e., cause adverse changes to air, water, or land); (b) comply with applicable laws, regulations, and other environmentally oriented requirements, and (c) continually improve in the above.”

Specifically, ISO 14001 lays out the criteria for environmental management systems that enable companies to implement policies that take into account regulatory requirements and other objectives to which the companies subscribe. While ISO 14001 does not spell out specific environmental performance criteria, it does offer recommendations on “environmental aspects that the organization identifies as those which it can control and those which it can influence.” Last updated in 2004 by the International Organization for Standardization, ISO 14001 certification “applies to any organization that wishes to establish, implement, maintain and improve an environmental management system.”

Maintaining ISO 14001 certification requires companies such as ours to designate employees to oversee our environmental management system and, importantly, to pass annual audits by third-party inspectors. We do projects every single year to reduce our carbon footprint and to reduce costs. It’s one way in which we go the “extra mile” in terms of social responsibility.

Other American firms have lapsed in their commitment to the goals of the ISO 14000 standards during the recent economic recession, according to an article published by ThomasNet News. It reports that many U.S. firms cut back on their environmental-oriented commitments in recent years due to cost-cutting and employee layoffs, among other factors. Here at Shaw Development, though, we believe responsible corporate citizenship is a goal worth prioritizing – and our Environmental Policy is integral to that goal.

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