Global environmental issues were discussed at the Conference on the Environment and Development in 1992. The conference adopted Agenda 21, an action plan to protect the global environment. The ISO 14000 series' Environmental Management System standards formulated by the International Standards Organization (ISO) were created in 1996 with the objective of promoting Agenda 21, and are the core of the series. ISO 14001 are the provisions for creating an Environmental Management System (EMS).
ISO 14001 does not have any legal binding force. It seeks to have each organization achieve the objectives of the environmental policies they formulate to the extent possible, and to assume the responsibility of reducing the environmental burden by applying their own methods. Acquiring ISO 14001 certification requires third-party auditing (by an auditing and registration organization). A company will be certified if it is found in compliance. This is one standard for determining whether a company incorporates global environmental considerations.
|May 2001||Established a promotion committee for the auditing and Registration for ISO 14001 (Environmental Management System|
|November 2001||Launched activities for auditing and registration|
|June 2002||Auditing and registration (certification) for ISO 14001: 1996|
|August 2004||The merger of the ISO 14001 and ISO 9001 management systems, and new registration (Certification)|
|September 2005||Auditing and registration (certification) for ISO 14001: 2004|