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The Competitive Advantage of Environmental Management, 1st Edition

By Donald Alford Sayre

CRC Press

248 pages

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The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has a master scheme in mind for the protection and preservation of the environment, for sustainable development of life and improving the ecosystem. They call it ISO 14000, the standard and guidelines for effective environmental management systems.

Inside ISO 14000 does what its title suggests-tells you everything you need to know to comply with the ISO 14000 series and create and implement a successful environmental management system for competitive advantage. Every chapter in this guide gives you inside information on what the ISO 14000 series will require of organizations to become ISO 14000 certified. The author adds key information from related standards (other ISO 14000 standards, ISO 9000 and ANSI/ASQC E4), plus useful information from his 25+ years of experience in environmental and quality management.

Five of the ISO 14000 standards were finalized and issued in 1996. Companies with an eye for competitive advantage will prosper from this book. Inside ISO 14000 will enable you to understand the language of the standard, meet specific requirements and implement them with ease, and optimize available resources.

Table of Contents




Benefits of Having an Environmental Management System


Normative References


Environmental Management System Principles and Elements

How to Start: Commitment and Policy

Top Management Commitment and Leadership

Initial Environmental Review

Environmental Policy


Identification of Environmental Aspects and Evaluation of Associated Environmental Impacts

Legal Requirements

Internal Performance Criteria

Environmental Objectives and Targets

Environmental Management Plans and Programs


Ensuring Capability

Resources-Human, Physical, and Financial

Environmental Management System Alignment and Integration

Accountability and Responsibility

Environmental Values and Motivation

Knowledge, Skills, and Training

Support Actions

Communication and Reporting

Environmental Management System


Environmental Management System

Records and Information Management

Operational Controls

Emergency Preparedness and Response

Measurement and Evaluation

Measuring and Monitoring Ongoing Performance

Audits of the Environmental Management System

Review and Improvement

Review of the Environmental Management System

Corrective and Preventive Action

Continual Improvement

Where Is ISO 14000 Headed?

Practical Ideals as Realities


Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Environmental