ISO is designed to provide customers with a reasonable assurance that the performance claims of a company are accurate. In fact, ISO 14000 will help to integrate the environmental management systems of companies that trade with each other in all corners of the world. 

Being environmentally responsible is increasingly viewed as a requirement of doing business. For manufacturing managers, this has meant re-examining their products and processes, with an eye towards the reduction or elimination (if possible) of any resulting waste streams. For the purchasing profession, the corresponding challenge has been to identify suppliers who can provide environmentally responsible goods and services without sacrificing cost, quality, flexibility, or lead time. It has also meant identifying and evaluating any initiative consistent with these new expanded objectives. One such initiative is the ISO 14000 series developed by the International Standards Organization. 

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO), based in Geneva, is one of the key international voluntary standards bodies. Standards developed by ISO are available to the 140 or so member countries to adopt as they see fit. Although ISO standards are voluntary, many are eventually cited in legislation. 

The ISO standards series has been one of the most significant international initiatives for sustainable development. Used in conjunction with appropriate goals, and with management commitment, the standards will help improve corporate performance. They will provide an objective basis for verifying a company’s claims about its performance. This is particularly important in relation to international trade, where at present, almost anyone can make assertions about environmental performance-and there are only limited means to verify or validate the same. 

Consumers, governments, and companies up and down the supply chain, are all seeking ways to reduce their environmental impact and increase their long-run sustainability. For companies, the key goals are to become more efficient-to get more output per unit of input----while earning profits and maintaining the trust of their stakeholders. Implementation of a management system based approach will help companies focus attention on environmental issues, and bring them into the mainstream of corporate decision-making.

ISO has a rigorous process for standards development. When a new standard is proposed, it must be approved either by a technical committee or by the Technical Management Board of ISO. Once a technical committee is established, it may establish subcommittees and working groups to carry out the work. 

There are currently around 2,850 active technical committees, sub-committees and working groups, made up of qualified representatives from around the world. To date, more than 12,000 ISO standards have been published. ISO has a general rule that all standards are to be reviewed at least once in every five years. 

ISO 9001 Quality management systems for All

ISO 10001Quality management – Customer satisfaction – Guidelines for codes of conduct for organizations

ISO 11001Environmental requirements and for the evaluation of control centresErgonomic design of control centresPrinciples for the design of control centresPrinciples for the arrangement of control suites

ISO 12001 Building construction – Organization of information about construction works

ISO 13000 Ceramic tiles – Grouts and adhesives

ISO 14000Environmental management systems -General guidelines on principles, systems and support techniques ISO -Petroleum, petrochemical and natural gas industries -Material flow cost accounting - General framework ISO -Road vehicles -DiagnostKeyword Protocol 2000I

ISO 15000 Electronic business eXtensible Markup Language Securities – Scheme for messages Data Field-Medical laboratories -System life cycle processes -Designation of the quality -metallic materials – Welding procedure

ISO 16000 – Quality management systemsFor EarthquakeRoad vehiclesdigital audio-visual systemsTextilesrelevant service part organizations

ISO 17000 Textiles industry -Translation services—Petroleum and natural gas industries - Ships and marine technology - types of bodies performing inspection

ISO 18000 Information technology – Radio frequency identification for item management —Programming languages -air interface communications -Personal identification –driving license -Retail financial services

ISO 19000Document management – Electronic document file formatFinancial services – Biometrics – Security frameworkGeographic informationTerminology

MethodologyConceptual schema languageWeb map server interface

ISO 20001Financial services and Financial Industry

ISO 21001Information technology – Multimedia frameworkGuidance on project management.

ISO 22001Food safety management systems – Requirements for any organization in the food chainIndustrial automation systems and integrationRequirements for personal fioru.nancial plannersCosmetics – Good Manufacturing

ISO 23001 – Information technology – MPEG systems technologies

ISO 24001Information technology –Common Logic (CL): a framework for a family of logic-based languages

ISO 26001 Guidance on social responsibility

ISO 27001 #Information technology – Security techniques – Information security management systemsOverview and vocabularRequirementssystem implementation guidanceSecurity techniquesbodies providing audit and certificationSecurity techniques – Guidelines for identification, collection, acquisition and preservation of digital evidence

ISO 28001 Specification for security management systems

ISO 29001 Software and systems engineering – Software testing

ISO 30001Ships and marine technology – Ship recycling management systems – Specifications for management systems

ISO 40001Information technology

ISO 50001:Energy management systems – Requirements with guidance

ISO 90001 Software engineering


A systematic approach to managing environmental issues can help to ensure that environmental accidents and liability are reduced. 

A systematic approach can help to identify opportunities to conserve material and energy inputs, to reduce wastes and to improve process efficiency. 

A systematic approach to management leads indirectly to improved environmental performance and improved cost control. 

Top management commitment to improved environmental performance, clearly defined goals, responsibilities and accountabilities, creates a greater awareness and understanding of environmental issues and an improved corporate culture

Companies often have to demonstrate that their products and services meet certain conditions. 

This is exactly what standards do efficiently, especially when combined with third party conformity assessment programmes. They reduce or eliminate the need of companies to individually inspect each supplier’s products and services with its own auditors. International standards, such as the ISO series, provide the widest possible recognition of this assurance. 

ISO 14000 may become a prerequisite of doing business. Companies have turned to agreed-upon international standards as a way of meeting certain expectations. Customers may demand that their suppliers meet specific environmental goals and have ISO certification to ensure that the goals are being met.

Regulators may begin to recognize the assurance provided by ISO 14000 and offer some sort of regulatory relief such as easier grant of permits, fewer inspections and reporting requirements, to those who implement EMS. 

Using ISO to systematically identify and manage . environmental risk and liability, the courts, investors and lenders, and regulators may all use it as. a sign of due diligence and commitment to good environmental management.

The presence of an EMS, the information it produces and the attention it demands will help an organization communicate with its stakeholders. 

Having an internationally recognized EMS in place will improve investor confidence and access to capital, and potentially provide access to preferential insurance rates. 

Four Steps to Your Certificate

1. Application and decide financial terms by signing Contractual Agreement: Consultationand preliminary assessment during which we inspect your site and review your qualitymanagement documentation.

2. Stage-1 Audit: We audit your site to determine whether you are eligible for certificationor analyze all the required information on your company. We review your qualitymanagement documentation for compliance with EN ISO 13485.

3. Stage- 2 Audit: On-site, we examine how your quality management system is applied inpractice and evaluate how effective it is.

4. Certificate: If you meet all the criteria, we issue a certificate confirming compliance withstandards and the integrity of your quality management system.