A survey conducted by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) indicated that companies and organizations using the current version of the ISO 14001 environmental standard find it highly useful and have shaped upcoming revisions to the standard. Those who responded to the survey said that the standard was very useful in helping their organizations to meet legal standards as well as improving environmental performance.
Still, the respondents noted some areas that need revision, which will be included in the next version of the standard sometime in the near future. The revision will include a sharper focus on topics like controlling and reducing pollution, efficient use of resources, and product life cycle management.
In the current version, the survey indicated that out of 5,000 respondents, between 70 and 80 percent said that the standard was of high or very high value to meeting local legal environmental requirements and for managing an environmental management system. Plus, they agreed that it was a valuable tool for their organization’s public image.
The point of surveys like this one is to anticipate future changes to the way companies and organizations need to manage their products and services with an eye on the environment. Not only will this approach keep the ISO 14001 certification relevant, but it will also ensure that the standard remains a useful and valuable tool for those who work to obtain it.
All of CLEAN’s plants are ISO 14001 certified for upholding environmental management standards. This includes our plants in St. Louis, Joplin, and O’Fallon, MO, Oklahoma City, OK, and Highland, IL. In addition to environmental compliance, all of these facilities are also ISO 9001 certified for quality system compliance.
For more information about the CLEAN difference and how we operate as a “green” uniform company, contact us online or call us at 1-800-GO CLEAN!