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Subaru of America is certified for meeting tough environmental standards.

In its Environmental Policy, Subaru of America (SOA) commits to conserving and protecting natural resources. Its Environmental Management System (EMS) is part of that commitment, which now has been audited and recommended for ISO 14001 certification. (Read the policy in “Subaru and the Earth,” Drive, Fall 2004, at www.drivesubaru.com.)

Environmental efforts made by SOA reflect an understanding of our responsibility to citizens of the world to integrate sound environmental practices in all business decisions. The Subaru EMS model reflects the never-ending nature of these efforts.

In 1992, the International Earth Summit focused on worldwide environmental issues such as global warming, water pollution, depletion of the ozone layer, destruction of the rain forests and more. This conference led to several environmental directives, some eventually becoming ISO 14001 – a standard for an organization’s Environmental Management System (EMS).

The International Organization for Standardization began operations in 1947 to facilitate the international coordination and unification of industrial standards. “ISO” (pronounced “eye-soh”) is derived from the Greek word for “equal.”

“14001” is one of the 14000 family of ISO standards, which concern environmental management. These standards are designed to apply to any organization, regardless of size or product.

ISO 14001 calls for minimizing harmful effects to the environment and for continued improvement in that endeavor.