The ISO 14001 standard specifies a process for the control and the continuous improvement of an organisation’s environmental performance. The management tool enables an organisation to identify and control the environmental impact of its activities, products and services; to continuously improve its environmental performance; and, to implement a systematic approach to set and achieve environmental objectives and targets.The ISO 14001 standard applies to those environmental aspects identified and controlled or influenced by the organisation. The ISO 14001 standard does not specify environmental performance criteria but merely how to develop an EMS.
Currently within Anishinabe Tribal Nations the policy for the Environmental Assessment will be based on organisations certified to the highly recognizable ISO 14001 standard. At the end of December 2008 there were over 188,000 organisations globally that had been issued ISO 14001 certificates. A total of 155 countries had organisations participating in the scheme. The diagram below illustrates the ISO 2008 Survey results for ISO 14001:2004 standard.
The ISO 14001 standard differs from ISO 14000. This is because ISO 14000 refers to the standards of the environmental management series developed by the International Standards Organisation while the ISO 14001 standard is the document containing specific EMS requirements.
The Anishinabe Nations of The Great Turtle Island have adopted the ISO 14001 as the preliminary foundation for the Anishinabe Environmental Assessment Authority.
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