DIN EN ISO 14001
The DIN EN ISO 14001 "Environmental Management Systems - Specification with Instruction for Application" supports enterprises in the establishment and development of company environmental management systems. The superordinate goal of the standard is to support environmental protection and avoid environmental impacts in conformity with socio-economic requirements. The elements: environmental policy, planning, implementation and execution, control and corrective measures as well as evaluation by the top management should enable the enterprises to specify an environmental policy and concrete objectives as well as to reach the conformity with these and prove this to others.
To support organizations establishing or improving
internal eco-management systems, the International Organization for
Standardization (ISO) developed ISO 14001 - a standard that is valid
world-wide. Since October 1996, the DIN EN ISO 14001 "Environmental
management systems - Specification with guidance for use" is considered
to have the status of a German Standard. The introduction of DIN EN
ISO 14001 points out that it is not aimed to create "non-tarrif
barriers" to trade or to increase making of legal regulations.
It shall however enable organizations to formulate an environmental
policy and objectives, control its efficiency, and accomplish and demonstrate
conformance with it. The overall object of this international standard
is to promote environmental protection and avoidance of pollution with
a view to social economics. According to a compilation of the Federal
Environmental Agency, at the end of 1999, about 11 000 companies around
the world had been certified according to ISO 14001.
Elements of DIN EN ISO 14001