ISO 14001, the international environmental management system standard, is shortly to undergo its second revision. The revised standard, which is expected to be published in 2015, will operate into the mid-2020s
The EMAS Helpdesk on behalf the European Commission’s Sustainable Production and Consumption Unit has launched a survey, requesting input on relationship of EMAS to 14001, the results of which will be fed into the official ISO 14001 revision process.
Of particular interest, hinting at 14001 changes are
Should ISO 14001 …
2.1.7. …place greater emphasis on the management of environmental impacts across the entire life cycle / supply chain of products / services provided and used?
2.18 …seek to position environmental management in the context of sustainable development (e.g. ISO 26000, sustainability reporting)?
Managers have realized that competition does not only exist between single companies but rather between complex and dynamic supply chains. This new notion has led to increased economic performance. I am convinced that supply chain thinking will also increase environmental and social performance.