On September 1st 1996, ISO 14001 was published, worldwide. Written over five years in consultation with international industrial experts, non-governmental organizations and regulators, this environmental management systems standard will help organizations manage their impacts on the environment, no matter what their size, nature or location. The implications for the future are enormous. But what does the standard mean in the real world? What changes do managers have to make to accommodate its principles? What decisions need to be faced and when? Is it really going to make a difference or is it just another case of global greenwash? Will it be another missed opportunity for you, your organisation, or your market? At the start of what promises to be a worldwide explosion of interest in standardised EMSs, ISO 14001 and Beyond looks at their creation, their use, and their limitations, attempting to discover the essential truth about this important management tool and where it will take industry. ISO 14001 and Beyond assembles the leading thinkers and practitioners in the field to record their thoughts and experiences on the new standard, its advantages and disadvantages. The book is designed to provide the reader with enough information with which to form an opinion on the future, and how that will influence subsequent actions. It also provides reassurance that, although the problems are real, so are the solutions. ISO 14001 and Beyond gives you the opportunity to read what some of the best minds have made of the standard so far and what they think lies ahead. There are reports covering a global spectrum of concern: from the US, Russia, Japan, Canada, Germany, the UK, and more; from multinationals, small- and medium-sized enterprises, local government, universities and professional bodies. All this material is gathered together in one book to give you the best, most meaningful information for the crucial decisions that you will need to make in the coming months.
This lively and wide-ranging book provides the clearest account yet of the difference between a public commitment to a standard … and a proven commitment to actual environmental improvement. This book is timely indeed. Recommended. - Martin Wright, 'Tomorrow'
Foreword John Elkington Introduction: ISO 14001 and beyond: EMS in the real world Christopher Sheldon Part 1: Laying down the law: How self-regulation came of age1. Beyond 14001: An introduction to the ISO 14000 series Dick Hortensius and Mark Barthel 2. Neither international nor standard: The Limits of ISO 14001 as an instrument of global corporate environmental management Harris Gleckman and Riva Krut 3. The ISO 14001 environmental management systems standard: One American's view Christopher L. Bell 4. Squaring the circle: Fundamental barriers to effective environmental product labelling Mark Smith 5. Trade, competitiveness and the environment Donal O'Laoire 6. Environmental management standards and certification: Do they add value? Tim J. Sunderland Part 2: Coping strategies: Important trends7. Environmental management systems: Challenges for Russian manufacturing industry Jim Hutchison, Anatoly Pichugin and Ann Smith 8. Attitudes and experiences of the Japanese business community vis-a-vis EMS standards Tomoko Kurasaka 9. Environmental management systems: ISO 14001 issues for developing countries Aidan Davy 10. Training and environmental management systems Andy Wells 11. Environmental management standards: Who cares? Andrew Blaza and Nicky Chambers 12. Targeting sustainability: The positive application of ISO 14001 Philip Sutton 13. From EMAS to SMAS: Charting the course from environmental management to sustainability Andrea Spencer-Cooke Part 3: Tactical responses: Managers at the greenface14. Beyond ISO 14001: Ontario Hydro's environmental management system Philip M. Stoesser 15. EMAS implementation at Hipp in Germany Matthias Gelber, Bernhard Hanf and Sven Huther 16. Training: Preparations for maintaining effective environmental management systems Gabriele Crognale 17. Eco-management and audit scheme for UK Local Authorities: Three years on Nigel Riglar 18. Environmental management standards: What do SMEs think? Ruth Hillary 19. Towards innovative, more eco-efficient product design strategies J.M. Cramer 20. Establishing workable environmental objectives Alison Bird 21. Environment risk: Assessment, management and prevention of loss David Shillito