Over 300,000 companies worldwide have one. An ISO 14001 certificate. And the number is rising. This certificate is a must for Daimler AG suppliers.
“ISO” stands for the International Organization for Standardization, founded in 1947 and headquartered in Geneva in Switzerland. It drafts all internationally valid technical standards with the exception of those in the areas of electrical engineering and telecommunications. There are currently over 19,000 ISO standards. They regulate the size of credit cards, the mounting of ski bindings or the photosensitivity of color film. ISO 14001 sets out the requirements that are to be met by an environmental management system. This standard enables companies to develop and implement environmental policies and corresponding objectives. It is applicable to companies of all types and sizes. From small handicraft businesses to industrial corporations, regardless of geographic, cultural or social conditions. By complying with ISO 14001 and being certified, a company demonstrates its sense of responsibility.
Significant influence of suppliers
Daimler is expressly committed to the principle of sustainability and to the ethical tenets of the UN Global Compact, the world’s largest and most important initiative for responsible corporate governance. The code of conduct set forth in the Global Compact commits companies to, among other things, environmental protection and the promotion of environmental awareness. As early as 1994, a decision was made to introduce an environmental management system at all Daimler production sites. Suppliers have a significant influence on the ecological balance. Their involvement in the concept of sustainable environmental protection is, therefore, of fundamental importance. The environmental requirements are codified in the Mercedes-Benz Special Terms (MBST 36/10). They serve as the basis for all business relationships with manufacturing suppliers and service providers worldwide. By signing the contract, direct suppliers commit themselves to meeting the standards, imparting them to their employees, and integrating them into their upstream value chains.
Committing is just the first step
Committing to something, however, can never be anything more than just a first step. Committing must be followed by meeting environmental standards and documenting them. For this reason, Daimler requires its suppliers to furnish proof of a certified environmental management system to ISO 14001 or EMAS (Eco-Management and Audit Scheme). ISO 14001 is a key element in this respect. Environmental certification is also expected of selected suppliers of non-production material for Purchasing Unit IPS.
Using the Certus certificate management system, every Daimler supplier can upload ISO 14001 certificates online. To do this, the supplier must have an eDocs account. The designated eDocs user is requested to upload the necessary ISO 14001 certificate, automatically by Certus.