“The slower rate of increase among North American companies that are getting ISO-certified is attributed to the economic slowdown that hit the USA in 2007 and 2008, which had a negative impact on the profitability of the manufacturing sector. Another factor cited is the bureaucracy within companies that leads to confusion about who should monitor ISO 14001 programs. Many companies also fear that when the program moves to “compliance” from its current “conformance” standard, it would be more difficult to acquire the certification, and even more difficult to maintain it.
However, industry insiders are in agreement that ISO 14001 certifications remain important in any industry. As Lewis’ report indicates, major corporations like Toyota, 3M, and Ford work only with companies who are ISO 14001 certified. In addition, the certification is one of the ways a business can express its commitment to environmental sustainability practices.”