PJR — Your Partner in ISO 14001 Registrations
This document has been prepared to bring into view the global push for ISO 14001 certification and answer questions about PJR’s ISO 14000 Program.
What expectations and requirements have industry leaders such as Chrysler, Ford, GM, Honda, Toyota and Xerox issued for their suppliers?
All of these companies are either requiring or strongly encouraging their suppliers to become registered to the ISO 14001 standard. Most of these OEM deadlines have already arrived.
- Effective December 31, 2001, Ford mandated all production and non-production suppliers with manufacturing facilities to certify a minimum of one manufacturing site to ISO 14001. Ford required all supplier manufacturing sites to be certified by July 1, 2003.
- As of December 31, 2002, GM required all supplier facilities to be ISO 14001 certified.
- Chrysler required Tier 1 suppliers to certify an EMS as of January 31, 2003.
- Honda of America requested that suppliers attain registration by 2001.
- Toyota requires its suppliers to certify an EMS by December 31, 2003.
- Xerox expects suppliers to have an Environmental Management System in place and to be working toward ISO 14001 certification.
What is unique about the PJR ISO 14001 EMS program?
The PJR EMS program is accredited by ANAB (formerly RAB) of the United States, JAB of Japan, INMETRO of Brazil, UKAS of Great Britain and the RvA of the Netherlands — the most widely recognized body of approval. As a result, PJR is frequently audited in the same fashion as we would audit a client. This scrutiny allows us to be on the cutting edge for audit process requirements.
Features of our program are as follows:
- Auditor Competency: The matching up of auditor competencies to clients is crucial. At PJR we only select auditors who meet both the qualifications of ISO 19011:2002 and whose “rating” on audit performance/experience in environmental aspects and impact is strong. This ensures the highest auditor competency for each aspect or impact significant to your industry.
- Audit Traceability: Traceability from audit to audit is necessary to ensure a thorough and efficient assessment. While adhering to our confidentiality agreement, PJR provides the details of previous audits to any new, current auditors. This gives each auditor the most up-to-date knowledge on a client’s aspects and impacts and confirms that each auditor knows which parts of the EMS were looked at previously. This will also allow each auditor to know which, if any, client aspects or impacts have changed. Of course, PJR continues to use the same Lead EMS Auditor for any given client’s location, whenever possible.
- Value Added Audit: The bottom line is that most companies get an ISO 14001 certificate; however, that is not the issue. The issue is “Are you getting what you paid for?” All of our EMS auditors are there to help make your EMS a better one and save on costs. PJR ensures that all auditors are user friendly and requires that every audit be value added. This means the auditor is there to help you.
How can PJR save us money on an audit as compared to other registrars?
PJR can save you money in several ways. PJR’s large auditor base has auditors qualified to perform ISO 14000, ISO 9000, ISO/TS 16949 and AS9100 audits. Cost-saving synergies result from split auditing, saving significantly on both time and money. Additionally, with offices located around the globe, PJR offers audits in six languages, significantly reducing the need for interpreters.
Who can I contact to learn more about the EMS process?
A PJR Account Executive or the ISO 14000 Program Manager may be reached at 1-800-800-7910. Our EMS 24-hour hotline can help answer any questions.