chapter  5
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How Can ISO 14000 Be Integrated into Public Law and Policy?

A conference for regulators and businesses on ISO 14001 was held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in late 1996. During the keynote presentation by Joe Cascio, head of the ANSI (US) delegation to TC 207, an EPA officer observed that ISO 14001 required a 'commitment to compliance'. He asked, therefore whether a firm had to be in compliance to get an ISO 14001 certificate. Cascio's answer was no, ISO 14001 could be given to a firm if it was not in compliance. The officer persisted: if the firm remained out of compliance, could the certificate be retained? The answer was yes.1