AUTO MAKERS REQUIRING ISO 14001 FROM SUPPLIERS Due dates for ISO 14001...

The automobile industry sector OEMs are requiring ISO 14001 implementation and registration from suppliers. This affects thousands of  suppliers with manufacturing and servicing facilities. For the specific dates to which your organization must abide, for registration / implementation, contact your OEM purchasing liaison function.

Case in point:

  • Ford Motor Company is requiring ISO 14001 3rd Party certification from suppliers with manufacturing facilities since July 1, 2003 - Yet evidence of progress is required since year end 2001.
     
  • GM requires conforming to ISO 14001 requirements by year end 2002...

Daimler-Benz (Mercedes Benz) had an ongoing environmental initiatives for over a decade, while manufacturers like Ford are requiring third party registration. GM "strongly prefers" third party registration but acceptance through and internal audit protocol is acceptable, and a declaration by the organizations responsible executive - confirm with your organizations GM Purchasing liaison. We can refer to Ford as the first US auto maker requiring ISO 14001 from their supplier base.

    While Toyota leaded, and since December 1999 Ford announced registration of their manufacturing plants thus the first to certify its plants around the world under ISO 14001 EMS Scheme -- 140+ manufacturing facilities in 26 countries.

      "This requirement reinforces Ford's commitment to the environment," said Carlos Mazzorin, Group Vice President of Purchasing and Ford of Mexico. "We have extended that commitment to thousands of other companies -- exponentially increasing the benefits of this rigorous environmental certification."

Further, DaimlerChrysler, BMW, VW, Renault-Nissan and other auto makers require demonstrating environmental responsibility (through ISO 14001 EMS) and registration. By 1998, Toyota certified its manufacturing plants to ISO 14001. If you supply to Toyota, would it be feasible ISO 14001 certification? Indeed, you must implement and certify ISO 14001. Renault is requiring certification-registration since 2004.

 

 

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