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The New HampshireHouse of Representatives(USA) approves legislationauthorising the state’s Depart-ment of Environmental Servic-es to accept ISO 14001 certiﬁca-tion in place of some permits,licences, or inspection cycles.The move is perhaps somewhattoo early, however, as somedays later the Federal Envi-ronmental Protection Agencyreports that it will withdrawﬂexibility from the states andcarry out environmental lawenforcement itself.
Credit Suisse, one of theworld leaders in the ﬁnancialservices sector, demonstratesthat ISO 14001 also appliesto “ white collar ” organiza-tions in sectors like banking,ﬁnance and insurance. All itsSwiss locations are certifiedto the standard, to be followedin 2000 by the EMS of CreditSuisse and Winterthur (insur-ance) locations worldwide.
At the fifth annualseries of meetings of ISO/TC207 in Kyoto, Japan, some 500delegates from 49 countriesreceive mixed information onthe uptake of ISO 14001 cer-tification around the globe.North America only has a fewcertiﬁed organizations, while inAsian countries certiﬁcationsare rising very fast.
Japan’s Ministry of International Trade and Indus-try (MITI) and the JapaneseEnvironmental Agency hosta seminar on ISO 14001 forlocal governments at whichseveral towns and prefecturesannounce that they will strivefor ISO 14001 certiﬁcation. Tenyears later, the introduction of strict pollution controls andthe arrival of ISO 14001 in thepublic sector is credited formore than 500 local govern-ments in Japan being certiﬁedand focussing signiﬁcant efforton their public procurementpolicies. MITI, in cooperationwith Keidanren, Japan’s mostpowerful business association,begins promoting ISO 14001 tonational industry, arguing thatthe benefits of the standardoutweigh the costs of imple-mentation.
The Peruvian designerand manufacturer of telephoneand power cables CEPER SAbecomes the ﬁrst company inPeru to be certiﬁed to ISO 14001,driven by exporters’ increasingneed to show a “green passport”to win business.
Asia EnvironmentalTrading (AET) Ltd (UK) andthe Regional Institute of Envi-ronmental Technology (RIET)in Singapore publish a detailedstudy entitled
Environmental Management in Asia – A guideto ISO 14000
. Based on casestudies and interviews withtop management, representa-tives from large multinationalsas well as small and medium-sized enterprises and govern-ments, the book provides val-uable insights into corporatethinking and the future of EMSin Asia.
The Asian ISO 14000Information Network (AIIN)is launched by China, Indone-sia, Japan, Malaysia, The Philip-pines, Singapore, South Koreaand Thailand with the intent of exchanging information on theimplementation of ISO 14001.
was one of the first global operators to adopt ISO 14001 to ensurethat activities such as those at its semiconductor manufacturing facility inEssex Junction, Vermont, USA, which operates 24/7, are conducted in anenvironmentally responsible manner. All ships operated by
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
sail withan environmental officer onboard to ensure ISO 14001 conformity.
A Canadian provincialcourt
a companyfound guilty of pollutionto achieve ISO 14001certification
IBM (USA) announc-es that it has received the ﬁrstedition of a single worldwideISO 14001 certiﬁcate coveringall global manufacturing andhardware development opera-tions. The company encouragessuppliers to align EMS with therequirements of ISO 14001 andto pursue certiﬁcation.
At its annual meeting,the United Nations Commis-sion on Sustainable Develop-ment discusses the role of ISO14001 as a tool for industry’ssustainable performance.
All Royal Caribbeanships begin sailing with an envi-ronmental officer aboard toensure the conformity of thecompany’s ISO 14001-certi-ﬁed EMS.
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