Dear eiXtra Readers,
Most of you are likely familiar with the International Standards Organization (ISO) which has developed a system of standards for a variety of processes and procedures across a spectrum of industries. One standard - ISO 14001- has historically focused on serving the needs of an organization that wanted to do a better (more reliable and consistent) job of attending to its environmental obligations and avoiding costly and embarrassing incidents. Due to international and other pressures, the standard is now under consideration for amendment to include new language that would mandate environmental requirements on adhering companies that are likely to be far more costly and burdensome than what are included in the current version. For example, one proposed revision would require certain organizations to take responsibility for the control of environmental aspects all the way down its supply chain. Other proposed language would require an adhering organization to make continual improvement of its environmental performance, raising the bar significantly from compliance to a fixed standard.
If your company currently adheres to ISO 14001 and plans to continue doing so, then you may benefit from NEMA’s upcoming conference call with Joseph Cascio, who was recently appointed as a visiting scholar at George Washington University to lecture on Environmental Management. The purpose of the call would be to keep NEMA members updated on possible changes to the 14001 series and what those changes, if implemented, would mean from a compliance perspective. The call will take place on Oct 16 at 2 pm EST and dial-in coordinates will be forthcoming. Please reply to this email to advise whether you would be interested in participating.
About Mr. Cascio:
Joe Cascio is a Senior Advisor at Booz Allen Hamilton and a Visiting Scholar at George Washington University. He was the Federal Environmental Executive within the Council on Environmental Quality of the Executive Office of the President from June 2008 to January 2009. He has over 30 years of experience in environmental management and public policy development. Since 1996, he has worked primarily as a consultant in the public and private sectors developing and implementing environmental and sustainability management systems. Joe was chairman of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) on the ISO-14000 series of standards from 1991 to 2003. In this role, he served as the lead U.S. negotiator on the International Technical Committee (TC207) of ISO that developed those standards. He is currently vice-chair of the TAG and from 2003 to 2013 served as chair of Subcommittee Four of TC207 for the development of Environmental Performance Evaluation standards. Since 1995, he has co-chaired the U.S. TAGs Management Systems Standards Liaison Group. In 1996, Joe co-authored The ISO 14000 Guide, which was published by McGraw-Hill, and edited The ISO 14000 Handbook, published by the American Society for Quality (ASQ). He is recognized in the U.S. and throughout the world as an expert on environmental management and as the key architect and strategist in formulating the U.S. posture on the ISO-14000 series of standards. He has authored over three-dozen articles and papers, delivered hundreds of speeches and presentations, and testified before congressional sub-committees on environmental management.
For further information or to participate, please contact Jonathan Stewart, Manager of Government Relations, at 703-841-3245.