What is Kids’ ISO 14000 programme?

"Kids' ISO 14000" is an environmental education program, which is developed by ArTech in 2000 and widely adopted in Japan and various countries. It aims to empower children to take the initiative in creating a better world in the 21st century. We have been promoting and implementing this program in collaboration with the international organizations such as United Nation University (UNU), UN Environmental Program (UNEP), UNESCO and International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

Kids' ISO 14000 is developed based on ISO 14001, which is an international standard of environmental management system. This program is designed to foster children’s potential sensibility to environment and also to enhance their problem-solving abilities for various issues around them.

This is the only program that the ISO officially allowed to use the name and logo of "ISO" for an environmental education program for children.
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Mission and objective of Kids’ ISO 14000

Kids’ ISO 14000 is a program to create a better world together with the world as a whole. The mission of this program is to cultivate human resources that are able to see various issues around them as problems they can deal with and take action against them making other people get involved.

The basic concept of Kids’ ISO 14000 program

Kids’ ISO 14000 program provides children with opportunities to think about social problems around them, see them as their own, act against them and accomplish results. The best age of children to start this program is about 10 years old because it is said that human being acquires his/her identity around this age.

Furthermore, certified instructors and the International Committee will evaluate and certify the result of their action/project. It will create strong confidence among them for their ideas and actions.
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Through Kids’ ISO 14000 program, children will be able to;

  1. To gain a success experience giving them the confidence that they can overcome their problem or achieve their goal when they face a problem or have a goal.
  2. To join a network of self-reliant children having problem-solving abilities.
  3. To realize how great it is to think about what they can do for the world and take action.

Children who have learnt through Kids’ ISO 14000 will definitely think about various problems around them in the world and work together to create a better world, when they are grown up and go out into the world.

About the organization "ArTech"


The official name of our organization is "International Art and technology Cooperation Organization (ArTech)." "ArTech" is a term that combines "Art" and "Technology."
While various technologies had been developed in the 20th century, we have faced difficulties such as environmental problem and mental problem. So in the 21st century, we should balance art with technology and also developed countries with developing countries. For achieving these ideas, we established ArTech in 1999 and registered as a Non-Profit Organization (NPO) in Tokyo in 2000.

We have four main projects; "Plasma High-Tech Center" and "Bio High-Tech Cente" are to develop people-friendly technology, "Art Center" is to create new arts with high-tech, and "Kids’ Project" is to cultivate children. Kids project is operated directly by the head-office and the main activity of the project is "Kids’ ISO 14000 program."

About ArTech

In 2010, ArTech was certified for consultative status by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). This allows us to establish a mutually beneficial relationship with UN and to make suggestions on UN activities based on our results of Kids’ ISO 14000 program.

We are going to establish "ArTech International" in New York in 2012. This will be a base for overseas activities.

Collaboration with UN agencies and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO)

Collaboration with United Nations University (UNU)


United Nations University was established based on UN Secretary-General U Thant’s proposal of the creation of a United Nations University, under the auspices of the United Nations. UNU stared its academic activities in 1975 with its headquarters located in Tokyo.

The current University’s activities are clustered into five interlinking thematic areas: 1) Peace, Security & Human Rights, 2) Development Governance, 3) Population & Health, 4) Global Change and Sustainable Development, 5) Science, Technology & Society. "Kids ISO 14000 program" is one of the project in the area of "Sustainable Development." Since the start of the program in 2000, we had been implementing & promoting it co-organized by UNU until 2010.

"UN House-UNU headquarters" was reorganized into "UNU headquarters" to enhance the functions of universities, thus since June 2010, UNU has been supported the program as a official supporter.

From 2001 to 2010, the chairman of the International Committee of the program was Mr. Jiro Kondo, and since 2011, Prof. Dr. Hans J.A. van Ginkel (former rector of UNU, professor emeritus of Utrecht University, the Netherlands) has been the chairman.

Collaboration with United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP)


UNEP has its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya and also has the International Environmental Technology Center (IETC) in Osaka, Japan. UNEP has been supported Kids ISO 14000 program as a co-organizer since the first international certificate awarding ceremony. UNEP supports the program with providing its logo to the international certificates and taking a role as a presenter in the international certificate awarding ceremonies.

UNEP will be a key UN agency when we implement and promote the program in Africa and also have international certificate awarding ceremonies in Kansai region in Japan.

Collaboration with UNESCO


We have held international seminars every year in Paris in collaboration with UNESCO as one of the programs of United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (UNDESD).
Photo: International seminar
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What is United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (UNDESD)?
In Johannesburg Summit 2002, the United Nations General Assembly declared a Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014) and UNESCO was designated as the leading agency for promotion of this decade. The Decade focuses mainly on environmental education as well as issues related to environment such as human rights and gender issue.

Kids ISO 14000 program was recognized by UNESCO as a powerful tool for implementing environmental education. Since 2004, we have been co-organizing annual international seminars with UNESCO in Paris.
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Collaboration with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO)


The Central Secretariat of ISO in Geneva, Switzerland agreed with the objective of Kids ISO 14000 program in 2002 and they allowed us to use the name and logo of ISO. In the cooperation agreement with ISO signed in October 2003, ISO is supposed to actively promote Kids ISO 14000 around the world. The ISO Central Secretariat has created a brochure of the program and they have been conducting PR activities around the world.
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ISO homepage ishere

The name and logo of “ISO” is an intellectual property of the International Organization for Standardization (the Central Secretariat is in Geneva, Switzerland). You can find the details on the following ISO’s website.

ISO agreed with the objective of the Kids ISO 14000 program and ArTech has ISO’s official consent for using the name and logo of ISO.

ISO published the ISO 26000 standard on social responsibility (SR) in 2010, which is the internationally approved standard to provide guidance on social responsibility. Because Kids ISO 14000 program can visualize the result of its activity as corporate social responsibility activities, more companies implement the program in Japan as part of their corporate social responsibility.
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