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International Standards, Public Policy and the Environment

What started as an effort to standardize nuts and bolts has grown into something altogether different. Much like trade rules and the WTO, international standards and the organizations that make them have deep effects on society, the environment and corporations. These rules can be of great value to environmentalists and those working to promote socially responsible business practices – but only if environmental groups and other organizations make their voices heard.

One way to help environmental groups and other NGOs participate in ISO is by keeping them informed of important developments. The International NGO Network on ISO (INNI), started in 2003 by the Pacific Institute, works to do just that. By providing timely information on the activities of ISO to network organizations, they can activate their members, provide guidance to decision-makers, and shape public opinion.

More information is available on the INNI website.

Reports and proceedings:

Sustainability Standards Systems: NGO Strategic Retreat 2.0 (Document Depository)

"Managing a Better Environment: Opportunities and Obstacles for ISO 14001 in Public Policy and Commerce" (PDF)

Workshop Proceedings: "ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems and Public Policy" (PDF)

Joint ANEC, ECOS, Pacific Institute Communiqué on ISO TC 207
'Environmental Management
' (PDF)

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REPORTS AND PROCEEDINGS

"Managing a Better Environment: Opportunities and Obstacles for ISO 14001 in Public Policy and Commerce" (PDF)

[Workshop Proceedings] "ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems and Public Policy" (PDF)

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