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  • support 2:21 pm on February 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: environmental performance, , ISO 14001 Certification, ISO 14001 Revision   

    ISO 14001 Also Moves To FDIS Stage: Video Update and Supporting Documents from ISO 

    As a result of the November 2014 announcement that ISO 9001:2015 had moved to the FDIS, ISO recently announced that ISO 14001, (the environmental management standard) has also moved to the FDIS stage (Final Draft International Standard).

    Here is that video update from ISO.org:



    This video features Anne Marie Warris, Chair of the subcommittee reviewing ISO 14001.  She briefly explains what is new and what’s next for the standard.  You can also click here to read a summary statement in a brief Q & A format from ISO on what’s new with ISO 14001.  Like the ISO 9001:2015 revision, changes to ISO 14001 include a focus on risk-based thinking.

    The new version will include a requirement to understand the organization’s context in order to better manage risk, with more emphasis made on leaders within organizations to promote environmental management.  In addition there will be a shift towards improving environmental performance rather than improving the management system.

    ISO published the July 2014 ISO/TC 207/SC 1 scope document on the ISO 14001 changes at a conceptual level.  You can download that document by clicking the image below to obtain it off of our Knowledge Center:


    ISO 14001 July 2014 Scope Document


    Further updates will also be posted on our “Countdown To ISO 9001:2015” support page.  If you require any further information on ISO 14001, please contact info@bizphyx.com.


  • support 11:52 pm on March 25, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Big Brands That Lead With ISO 14001 And So Can You 

    In an article featured in the February 2012 edition of ISO Focus + called Future Gear (get the online version here), high-level executives from the world’s leading car makers such as Audi, Bentley Motors and Kia Motors revealed their companies’ perspectives on the benefits of standards implementation.  The global automotive sector is undergoing a radical transformation. The current dialogue is about fully networked cars–the cars of the future, which are now referred to as intelligent transport system (ITS).

    Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat and Chrysler Group was interviewed and one of his statements just resonates with all of us in quality management, “We do need standards; the world needs standards. Standards help an enterprise manage business-critical issues such as quality, environmental performance and safety.”

    In that same article you gain insight on the automotive brands that lead with ISO 14001 as a way to deal with environmental concerns.  Michael Straughan, a Board Member of Bentley Motors defines how Bentley embraces ISO 14001.  He stated, “we were one of the first UK plants to achieve ISO 14001 certification for environmental management, the first in our sector to set out a clear strategy for reducing our impact on the environment, and we are now the first UK automotive plant to certify to the new ISO 50001 energy management standard.”

    Let’s move from the automotive sector to the pharmaceutical industry and examine Bayer.  Bayer’s oldest and largest West Coast facility (the Berkeley site) has established a tradition of environmental protection that is now shared by all other sites.  Berkeley was Bayer’s first North American facility to receive ISO 14001 certification and has maintained this certification every year since 2001.  Now, as outlined on the sustainability section of their website (see Bayer Sustainability Management), 62 of their sites are certified to ISO 14001 with an addition 9 certified to OHSAS 18001.  That’s leading in a big way.

    The automotive and pharmaceutical industry brands embrace ISO 14001, but what about toy industry?  Who’s leading in environmental leadership? LEGO.  In a great story featured on Greenbang, a smart technology blog, you learn about the incredible sustainability report from this Denmark based toy manufacturer.

    LEGO aims to be 100% powered by renewables by 2020.  So is LEGO ISO 14001 certified?  That would be a resounding–yes.  You’ll see from the sustainability section of their website that all of the production sites in the LEGO Group are certified to the ISO 14001 standard, a primary step in their overall efforts which started back in 2007.

    On our blog, we continue to demonstrate how ISO 14001 is a key tool in the arsenal of the big brands to address environmental and sustainability goals.  Many of these brands push ISO 14001 down through their supply chains.

    So, does this motivate your organization?  Does ISO 14001 apply to you?  Even the smallest of companies, including service organizations certify to ISO 14001.   We’re ALL global suppliers and global supply chains require global environmental standards.  BIZPHYX recently led several clients to ISO 14001 certification, with more to certify in 2012.  Please visit the websites of these recently certified, diverse service providers:

    • CE2, a support services firm for government agencies in Pleasanton, California
    • Elgia, a business process outsourcing firm in Alpharetta, Georgia

    They’ve taken the lead in their respective industries–and so can you.

    Many of the big brands clearly lead with ISO 14001 for environmental management, so consider yourself in good company.  For more information on achieving on ISO 9001 or ISO 14001 certification contact info@bizphyx.com.

  • support 3:02 am on October 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , green supply management, , ISO 14001 Certification   

    How To Address “Green Washing” Your Supply Chain With ISO 14001 

    In this month’s issue of Member’s Edge (published by ISM-The Institute For Supply Management), a survey study entitled “How Important Is A Green Supply Chain In North America?” was featured.   This study was conducted as a joint effort between Propurhcaser.com and Virescent, a UK based consulting firm.  Hundreds of supply chain professionals were interviewed about their current and future practices regarding green supply chains.  The study produced three key findings.

    First, in North America, senior management does back “greening” the supply chain.  27% strongly agreed and 28% somewhat agreed that senior management views these practices as strategically important.  Roughly the same statistical numbers were true regarding a question that at least one executive in their own company is now responsible for “green initiatives”.

    Secondly, green supply management is now being pushed down into purchasing operations.  Over 57% of the purchasers interviewed said they were already involved in “greening” their organization’s supply chain; and moreover, this number is expected to reach about 75% in the future.  This number seemed to surprise the UK firm who conducted the survey because they noted that in Europe more government regulations are in place to reduce carbon emissions, where in North America this level of regulation is not yet government imposed.

    None of this data revealed anything new to us, as we see this everyday in our QMS work with clients.  However, the third and final study outcome frames many of our recent articles on corporate sustainability and the case for ISO 14001 certification.  The final take away from this study is that green suppliers are preferred, but measurement systems are lacking.  This has opened the door for a practice (and a term that is now used more liberally in supply management) called “green washing”.  When a supplier green washes they exaggerate claims about their environmental initiatives and metrics.

    Over 80% of the supply chain professionals that responded said they would favor suppliers with green business practices, but only 25% have any sort of carbon footprint evaluation process in place.  Therefore, it’s hard for many purchasers to know if they are being green washed by suppliers about their environmental claims.  The consulting firm who helped conduct the study focuses on carbon footprint analysis and other “greening” strategies.

    The reality is that for both suppliers and corporations there is an internationally accepted system that can provide a legitimate framework to document environmental claims and practices.  That system is ISO 14001, the environmental management standard.  ISO 14001 certification addresses virtually all of these areas.  If a company frames their QMS scope and documentation properly, they can voluntarily address environmental targets, goals and metrics.

    Carbon footprinting is only one aspect of greening the supply chain.  Corporate sustainability, social responsibility, cradle to grave product life cycle analysis and documenting other industry specific environmental targets are all factors in demonstrating leadership as a green supplier.  These can all be addressed within the framework of ISO 14001 certification.

    Specific tools (like ISO 14001) that could be used to achieve the 3 primary outcomes outlined in the survey were not mentioned as part of the study findings.  This is where the struggle continues.   Just as a suppliers may green wash their capabilities to purchasers, there are many organizations and consultants who green wash the processes that can help companies implement strategies, plans and systems.

    Avoid “green certifications” and look to ISO 14001 as the legitimate first step in becoming a green organization and a better environmental steward.  ISO 14001 is an audited system which aligns well with TL 9000, the telecom quality management system, as well as ISO 9001.

    Need some proof?  Here’s another big brand that chose to address all of these areas, including corporate social responsibility within the framework of ISO 14001: Adidas.  Adidas has pledged to reduce carbon emissions from its locations by 30 per cent by 2015.  It also aims to cut energy consumption by 20 per cent.  A key element in their corporate strategy—certification to ISO 14001 in five of their North American sites.  Congratulations to Adidas!  Here’s the announcement and an article on their sustainability goals.

    So, don’t green wash or get green washed.  Implement ISO 14001 requirements with your suppliers and within your own organization, to become better environmental stewards while meeting the challenging demands of greening your supply chain.  You’ll get the data and verification you need from your suppliers which will help you meet your own measurement requirements. For more information on ISO 14001 implementation, contact us at info@bizphyx.com.

  • support 6:51 pm on April 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: BIZPHYX ISO 14001 programs, ISO 14001 Certification, , RIOS   

    Does Certifying To ISO 14001, R2, RIOS or e-Stewards Make Your Organization “Green”? 

    Today, companies often make the statement that they are “green”, but what does that really mean? Does it mean they recycle their paper shredding and plastic bottles, or that they participate in voluntary eco-friendly activities and fundraisers?  Is being “green” a philosophy, a set of measurable actions or merely a catch phrase? In many cases, it’s all of the above and the peddling of green products, green marketing and recycling is now its own billion-dollar growth industry.

    In the world of quality management and corporate procurement, measurement is the key challenge when a company says they’re green.  Any company can make sweeping statements and proclamations about their eco-initiatives, but how do they measure and continuously improve these efforts?  An organization can do so by certifying to a quality standard like ISO 14001.   As discussed in previous installments, it is an environmental management system that is independently audited by a third party.

    We’ve been asked by several of our clients about other environmental programs related to recycling like R2, e-Stewards, etc.  Many are confused by all of these standards and initiatives, especially when doing business in states like California, with heavy regulatory requirements.  These standards only apply to recyclers.  Even though most of you are not recyclers, you may deal with recyclers in your own supply chainLet’s briefly outline the top 3, since recycling standards are front and center in the effort to be seen as green:

    R2R2 is better known as Responsible Recycling (R2) PracticesSupported by the USEPA, it’s a set of guidelines for accredited certification programs to assess electronics recyclers’ environmental, worker health and safety and security practices.  Voluntary R2 practices include general principles and specific practices for recyclers disassembling or reclaiming used electronics equipment including those electronics that are exported for refurbishment and recycling.  The standard applies to actual recyclers and the number of R2 recyclers is really quite small.  R2 is based on the “plan-do-check-act” model for continual improvement, like ISO 9001 and other ISO based standards.  ANAB requires that CBs (registrars) who certify companies to R2 be qualified to certify companies to ISO 14001.

    e-Stewards: The e-Stewards Initiative is a project of the Basel Action Network (BAN), which is a 501(c)3 non-profit, charitable organization, based in Seattle, Washington.  BAN has designed and developed a system by which recyclers, refurbishers and processors may obtain independent third-party certification of their conformance with the e-Stewards standard.  A representative of BAN informed us that the USEPA also recognizes e-Stewards. The e-Stewards program acknowledges the value in ISO 14001, as its own certification “requires a certified ISO 14001 environmental management system that builds in occupational health and safety requirements specific to the electronics recycling industry”.  Again, this standard is related to actual electronics recyclers and there is currently some dispute between the e-Stewards standard and R2 regarding hazardous materialsRead more >

    RIOSThe Recycling Industry Operating Standard (RIOS) is managed by (ISRI) The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. and is another standard for recyclers.  It is an integrated management system standard that combines the management of quality, environmental, occupational health and safety (QEH&S) issues into a single unified system.  Developed specifically by and for the scrap recycling industry, RIOS provides a framework for recycling facilities to use to achieve measurable, continual improvement in their QEH&S performance, without the need to spend time and money in developing and implementing three different systems.  This system is also not without criticism.  With RIOS, there appears to be a conflict with R2 and e-Stewards regarding “voluntary” efforts (vs. those that are audited) and the terminology used.  Read more > This recycler outlines the value of certifying to R2, RIOS and ISO 14001: read more >

    So what do you do if you’re not a recycler, but are asked about these standards, regarding your own suppliers? We suggest that you consider responding with a statement that you’re not a recycler (more specifically that you’re not an electronics recycler), but that in compliance with your own QMS/EMS, you send materials to recyclers that can provide documentation that they use an environmentally responsible disposal method, like the 3 outlined above (if applicable).  You may even choose to list these recyclers in an RFP.  Specific to your quality management system, we also suggest that you consider adding in the control of outsourced processes section of your ISO 9001 or TL 9000 QMS, that you attempt to use these certified recyclers, when possible.

    What if you’re not yet certified to an environmental QMS?  Then, we encourage you to obtain a dual certification to ISO 9001 & ISO 14001 or TL 9000 & ISO 14001.  Doing so, will give you the framework to respond to these requests, while realizing the many other benefits of ISO 14001, outlined in the previous installments of this series.

    As an organization, do any of these initiatives or standards certify that you’re actually “green”? Next time we will conclude our 5-part series, by helping you to determine what being green means to your organization and how certifying to an EMS may be a very profitable answer to this challenge.  If you need immediate help contact info@bizphyx.com.

  • support 2:38 am on April 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Does Certifying To ISO 14001 Impact Your Company’s Marketability? 

    Last week, we discussed ISO 14001 in depth and outlined its framework as a quality management standard.  In part 3 of our series, we will detail the many benefits of certifying to ISO 14001, including enhancing a company’s marketability.

    By implementing ISO 14001, a company can gain a competitive edge by decreasing costs through increased efficiencies.  These efficiencies can include lowering energy and raw materials use and reductions in waste and pollution.  Mitigated risks of accidents and emergency situations can also translate into greater profitability and productivity.   Equally, in areas where environmental responsibility is a requirement, certification to ISO 14001 can create and maintain business development opportunities.  But what about enhancing your company’s positioning and marketability?

    An organization can demonstrate environmental leadership by implementing ISO 14011.  Customers want to do business with organizations that are committed to protecting the environment.  ISO 14001 certification can help to establish your company’s environmental credibility and commitment to quality and can also improve your corporate image and community goodwill.  Certifying to ISO 14001 can also foster improved relationships with shareholders and environmental organizations.

    A study done by the Journal of Operations Management, which was featured in a March 24, 2011 article in GreenBiz.com, revealed some interesting facts about the impact of “green initiatives”, including ISO 14001.  The study, which was conducted by researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Michigan State University, analyzed how environmental performance affects shareholder value through stock market reactions. Interestingly, the markets ignored announcements out recycling programs, eco-friendly products and even LEED certification.  Only 3 categories generated a positive reaction to share prices.  Certification to ISO 14001 resulted in one of the most significant positive reactions (full article in GreenBiz).

    Why ISO 14001 certification and not emissions reductions? ISO 14001 is a globally recognized quality management system.  It is audited by an independent third party and it validates that an organization has a serious commitment to environmental stewardship, sustainability and quality.

    Imagine creating new business opportunities, enhancing marketability, decreasing costs and improving your organization’s productivity with one strategic move: certifying to ISO 14001.  Next week, we will clarify the difference between ISO 14001 and other environmental initiatives such as R2 and e-Stewards and we’ll begin to review the current catch phrase: “being green”.  For assistance with ISO 14001 implementation contact info@bizphyx.com.

  • support 1:31 am on October 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , ISO 14001 Certification, , , , Supplier Diversity Resources, , Value of Quality Certifications   

    The Value Of TL 9000 and ISO 9001 Certifications 

    This week we begin a 3-part series on the value of obtaining TL 9000 and ISO 9001 certifications. If you’re new to the world of quality management and considering making this investment in your company, or if you have recently obtained your certification(s), this video will be very helpful to you.  BIZPHYX President and CEO, Sue Clancy was recently interviewed for a program developed with the CalAsian Chamber of Commerce.  This brief video outlines how obtaining a quality management certification can help you compete for corporate contracts and government bids:

    Next week, we will continue our series with posts dedicated to tips for “marketing” and “selling” your TL 9000 and ISO 9001 certification(s). If you have any questions regarding our webinar based implementation program, please contact: sclancy@bizphyx.com.

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