'Ford & ISO 14001' Provides Roadmap to Environmental Savings

Apr 03, 2001, 01:00 ET from McGraw-Hill Companies and Ford Motor Company

    WASHINGTON, April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Ford Motor Company has saved millions
 of dollars since becoming the first automaker to certify all of its
 manufacturing facilities worldwide to the ISO 14001 international standard on
 Environmental Management Systems in 1998.
     In a new book released this month by The McGraw-Hill Companies: "Ford &
 ISO 14001; The Synergy Between Preserving the Environment and Rewarding
 Shareholders" (293 pages, $99.95 ISBN: 0-07-137463-9), author Tim O'Brien,
 director of Ford's Environmental Quality Office, chronicles the successful
 strategy of the world's second largest automaker in achieving independent
 certification of more than 140 enormously complex manufacturing facilities in
 26 countries (currently 106 facilities in 25 countries since the spin-off of
 Visteon).
     "The bottom line is we have proven that business and the environment can
 live in harmony," said O'Brien.  "Ford has demonstrated it can save millions
 of dollars and at the same time reduce our environmental impact."
     ISO 14001 establishes universally accepted requirements for environmental
 management that have been adopted and sanctioned by standards bodies in most
 industrialized nations. The presence of an ISO 14001 certificate informs
 purchasers that companies have a general policy to address, among other
 things, prevention of pollution and compliance with all relevant laws and
 regulations.  Purchasers are assured that a company has a management system to
 achieve its environmental objectives and targets, and a structure to help it
 improve the management system through corrective and preventive actions and
 training.
     "Ford & ISO 14001" is designed to enhance efforts in training,
 implementation, and tracking performance related to an ISO 14001-based
 Environmental Management System no matter what the company size or industry.
 It includes an entire sample EMS manual and dozens of system documents that
 users are free to adapt in their own company, potentially saving thousands of
 dollars and countless hours of development time.
     According to O'Brien, "Our goal was to take the lessons learned and
 experience that we gained, and put it into a format that would appeal to a
 large variety of people.  Sharing this information is another example of
 Ford's environmental commitment.  We achieved global certification well ahead
 of any other auto manufacturer, and three years after fully implementing this
 process, some of our competitors are still playing catch up.  I am extremely
 proud to be able to bring attention to Ford's leadership in this environmental
 area."
     As a result of its success, Ford became the first US automaker to require
 ISO 14001 EMS certification of all of its suppliers and manufacturing
 facilities in 1999.  This requirement, which applies to about 5,000
 organizations worldwide, calls for suppliers to certify at least one
 manufacturing site by the end of 2001.  The requirement also states that all
 of the suppliers' manufacturing sites shipping products to Ford must be
 certified by July 1, 2003.
     "Ford & ISO 14001" is written for environmental managers, environmental
 health and safety managers, environmental engineers and persons responsible
 for implementing ISO 14001.  It may also be appropriate for senior managers
 and students looking for a greater understanding in the practical application
 of environmental management in today's global business environment.
     O'Brien will donate all royalties from the sale of the book to the Edison
 Institute for the establishment of an environmental curriculum at the Henry
 Ford Academy of Manufacturing Science in Dearborn, Michigan.
 
     CONTACT:  Paul Scicchitano of the McGraw-Hill Companies, 866-225-3122, or
 ISOeditor@aol.com; or Phil Colley of the Ford Motor Company, 313-323-0660, or
 pcolley1@ford.com.
 
 

SOURCE McGraw-Hill Companies and Ford Motor Company
    WASHINGTON, April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Ford Motor Company has saved millions
 of dollars since becoming the first automaker to certify all of its
 manufacturing facilities worldwide to the ISO 14001 international standard on
 Environmental Management Systems in 1998.
     In a new book released this month by The McGraw-Hill Companies: "Ford &
 ISO 14001; The Synergy Between Preserving the Environment and Rewarding
 Shareholders" (293 pages, $99.95 ISBN: 0-07-137463-9), author Tim O'Brien,
 director of Ford's Environmental Quality Office, chronicles the successful
 strategy of the world's second largest automaker in achieving independent
 certification of more than 140 enormously complex manufacturing facilities in
 26 countries (currently 106 facilities in 25 countries since the spin-off of
 Visteon).
     "The bottom line is we have proven that business and the environment can
 live in harmony," said O'Brien.  "Ford has demonstrated it can save millions
 of dollars and at the same time reduce our environmental impact."
     ISO 14001 establishes universally accepted requirements for environmental
 management that have been adopted and sanctioned by standards bodies in most
 industrialized nations. The presence of an ISO 14001 certificate informs
 purchasers that companies have a general policy to address, among other
 things, prevention of pollution and compliance with all relevant laws and
 regulations.  Purchasers are assured that a company has a management system to
 achieve its environmental objectives and targets, and a structure to help it
 improve the management system through corrective and preventive actions and
 training.
     "Ford & ISO 14001" is designed to enhance efforts in training,
 implementation, and tracking performance related to an ISO 14001-based
 Environmental Management System no matter what the company size or industry.
 It includes an entire sample EMS manual and dozens of system documents that
 users are free to adapt in their own company, potentially saving thousands of
 dollars and countless hours of development time.
     According to O'Brien, "Our goal was to take the lessons learned and
 experience that we gained, and put it into a format that would appeal to a
 large variety of people.  Sharing this information is another example of
 Ford's environmental commitment.  We achieved global certification well ahead
 of any other auto manufacturer, and three years after fully implementing this
 process, some of our competitors are still playing catch up.  I am extremely
 proud to be able to bring attention to Ford's leadership in this environmental
 area."
     As a result of its success, Ford became the first US automaker to require
 ISO 14001 EMS certification of all of its suppliers and manufacturing
 facilities in 1999.  This requirement, which applies to about 5,000
 organizations worldwide, calls for suppliers to certify at least one
 manufacturing site by the end of 2001.  The requirement also states that all
 of the suppliers' manufacturing sites shipping products to Ford must be
 certified by July 1, 2003.
     "Ford & ISO 14001" is written for environmental managers, environmental
 health and safety managers, environmental engineers and persons responsible
 for implementing ISO 14001.  It may also be appropriate for senior managers
 and students looking for a greater understanding in the practical application
 of environmental management in today's global business environment.
     O'Brien will donate all royalties from the sale of the book to the Edison
 Institute for the establishment of an environmental curriculum at the Henry
 Ford Academy of Manufacturing Science in Dearborn, Michigan.
 
     CONTACT:  Paul Scicchitano of the McGraw-Hill Companies, 866-225-3122, or
 ISOeditor@aol.com; or Phil Colley of the Ford Motor Company, 313-323-0660, or
 pcolley1@ford.com.
 
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