Number of Downlaods: 39
Published Date: Apr 1, 2001
Faisal Haq Shaheen
For many years, industry and environmentalists have been at odds over the issue of environmental protection. Conceptually, long-term sustainable conservation efforts can be positively affected by changing the daily operations at hundreds of thousands of production, storage and distribution facilities around the world. The International Standards Organizaion (ISO) 14,000 series has been a follow up to the quality oriented ISO 9,000 series of standards and is designed to enable business and organizational entities to measure, monitor and manage their environmental impacts that result from day to day activities. Mostly the industry-led initiative is changing the way businesses operate and perform both qualitatively and environmentally on a daytoday basis. The theory is that environmental performance can be achieved by increasing environmental management effectiveness.
As developing nations struggle to build their economies around ‘export led growth’, the ISO series of standards have become flags with which the buyers from the developed nations can differentiate between firms having capacity to meet standards and those that may not possess such a capability. The presumption is that the firms, which are concerned with quality and/or environmental impact, will be proactive in marketing by complying with a recognized Total Quality Management (TQM) or Environmental Management Standards (EMS), whereas the firms, which are not proactive, will not meet these standards.
At present, developing nations rely on developed countries audit firms to perform auditing functions for them. Technical assistance and expertise mobilization may make it possible for Southern countries to develop their own ISO 14,000 accreditation bodies to manage and audit activities of local audit firms.