ISO Certifications Jump 79% in One Year

ISO Certifications Jump 79% in One Year

International Standards Organization, the body that develops voluntary technical standards for organizations’ environmental management, announced that ISO 14000 certification jumped 79% between 1998 and 1999.

According to the ISO’s annual report, released last week, certifications increased by more than 6,000 last year, bringing the total to just over 14,000 since their introductions in 1990.

The certificate is awarded worldwide to any business, public administration or government department, of any size, which has eliminated its harmful effects on the environment.

Japan, with almost 1,500 new certificates, experienced the strongest growth in ISO 14000 certification and has the world’s highest total, with more than 3,000.

Also achieving praise from ISO were Britain, with 571 new certificates; Sweden, with 547; Spain, with 409; Australia, with 356; and the United States, with 345. Spain achieved a 250% increase in certificates during the year, earning it a special commendation from ISO.

Certifications were awarded for the first time in 1999 to organizations in 12 nations as diverse as Afghanistan, St Lucia, and Zimbabwe.

The certificates are issued by more than 570 certification bodies active in 84 countries, independently of ISO, and are confirmed by independent auditors.

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GreenBiz Essentials: ISO 14001

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