Is Micron ISO 14001 Certified?
In February of 1997, Micron Technology, Inc., was one of the first companies in the United States to attain certification under the new ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems Standard. Micron was selected by KEMA Registered Quality, Inc., to be a pilot participant in the ANSI-RAB National Accreditation Program and is one of five U.S. pilot companies who participated in this program.
What Is ISO 14001?
ISO 14001 are the emerging voluntary international environmental management standards, which insure that organizations have effective environmental systems. It is the environmental equivalent to the ISO 9000 quality standards. Various countries and companies have implemented the ISO 9000 quality standards worldwide.
What are the Basic Elements of Certification?
Certification under ISO 14001 requires conformance with four basic elements:
- implementation of an environmental management system
- assurance that procedures are in place to maintain compliance with applicable regulations
- commitment to continual improvement
- commitment to overall prevention of pollution
Why Did Micron Become Certified?
Micron has a very proactive approach to environmental compliance and protection that serves our employees, our customers, and the communities in which we operate. We are proud of both our environmental and worker safety programs. We view compliance to minimum regulations, as a baseline and work to always be better than the minimum regulations require. ISO 14001 is a good fit with our company and culture. The primary force behind the development of standards for environmental management has been the desire for environmental stewardship and accountability. ISO 14001 embodies an approach, which looks beyond regulatory compliance and challenges an organization to take stock of its environmental programs, continually improve, and commit itself to effective processes and pollution prevention. Micron already had most of the elements needed to conform to ISO 14001 in place. We saw this as an opportunity to be recognized for our commitment, level of effort, and record of accomplishments.
Who Certified Micron?
In the ISO 14000 process, a company's environmental management systems are audited by third party registrars. Micron was audited by KEMA Registered Quality, Inc. KEMA is a worldwide full-service third party registrar accredited to ISO 9000, QS9000, and ISO 14001 by ANSI-RAB and RvA, as well as being a "Notified Body" for several areas of CE marketing, mandatory product certification of the European Union. KEMA's clients number in the thousands worldwide and include a wide variety of product and service industries. KEMA specializes in the electronics, information technology, and high technology manufacturing areas.