Joint EMS and group certification: a cost-effective route for SMEs to achieve ISO 14001
1999 (English)In: Greener Management International, ISSN 0966-9671, Vol. 28, 23-31 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are an important group from an environmental point of view and they also have environmental requirements - including environmental management systems (EMSs) - imposed on them by larger companies. At Hackefors Industrial District in Sweden, 30 SMEs are co-operating on environmental issues; they have formed a network and established a joint EMS in accordance with ISO 14001. This is a unique strategy for the implementation of EMSs by SMEs. In this paper the EMS model used at Hackefors is presented and the resulting cost savings are analysed. Environmental improvements are also discussed briefly. It can be concluded that, by networking and implementing a joint EMS, the SMEs (mostly small and 'micro' enterprises) at Hackefors have established a rational and cost-effective solution that has facilitated both the implementation and maintenance of EMSs. Although the EMSs have only recently been certified, many environmental and commercial improvements have already been observed. Many of the companies have received positive responses from their customers and believe that the EMS improves their ability to obtain contracts relating to sales of products and/or services. Furthermore, the companies at Hackefors believe that having an EMS based on ISO 14001 results in positive commercial and environmental effects.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Greenleaf Publishing Ltd, 1999. Vol. 28, 23-31 p.
Engineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-87141OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-87141DiVA: diva2:585673