We are looking for a supplier of lead for use as shielding in our products. 2 companies have been found both have 14001. What information can we ask for so we can compare their environmental performance, and do they have any requirement to provide it.
If both companies are ISO 14001 certified, we can expect that at least both companies comply with environmental legislation and regulation.
If you want to compare their environmental performance, you can ask them their environmental objectives and main indicators and a list of their most relevant environmental impacts. Two companies can comply with the same legislation and yet have very different environmental performances.
Even if those companies are not based in Europe, you can ask them if they have any study or report about their own situation against Best Available Techniques (BAT) in their industry.
There is no requirement in ISO 14001:2015 that states that companies should share that information with interested parties. Your company, as a potential customer can re quest that information and hope for their openness.