ISO 14000 Series

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Family of related, auditable, international standards and supplementary guidelines that apply to an organization's environmental management system (EMS). First published in 1996 (and continually updated) by the International Standards Organization (ISO), these standards are designed to provide step by step (structured) approach to setting environmental objectives, achieving them, and verifying that they have actually been achieved. Through these standards a firm can manage the impact of its products (goods and services) and processes on the quality of the environment. A firm may apply for certification to independent (third party) accredited auditors or (unlike ISO 9000 series) can self-declare compliance if its management is confident that the firm's operations are meeting the stipulated requirements.

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