Adshead Ratcliffe & Co Ltd has successfully gained certification to the internationally recognised standard for environmental management, ISO 14001.

Adshead Ratcliffe & Co Ltd has successfully gained certification to the internationally recognised standard for environmental management, ISO 14001.

The award was presented by the business standards company BSI, following a series of independent audits and a comprehensive review of the company’s manufacturing activities at Belper.

ISO 14001 recognises those organizations which effectively address the balance between reducing their impact on the environment whilst maintaining the profitability of the business.

Steve Brown, Adshead Ratcliffe’s Technical Director said, “Our business has always taken environmental issues seriously – especially due to our proximity to one of Derbyshire’s few natural wetland areas and also the River Derwent – however it wasn’t until two years ago that we considered the benefits of formalising our management activities and ensuring compliance with such an internationally recognised standard.

The process has been a lengthy one but certainly worth the effort since it has yielded tangible reductions in waste, helped us improve our recycling, and enabled us to mitigate environmental risk in some of our activities.

ISO 14001 is a major achievement for our business, but this is only the start of the process. The standard gives us a platform from which we can continually assess our activities, not only from a profitability viewpoint but from an awareness of our impact on the environment. Without BSI’s support and guidance throughout, this project would have taken much longer to complete.”

Frank Reynolds, Product Marketing Manager for Sustainability at BSI said: “Gaining independent third party certification to ISO 14001 clearly demonstrates that Adshead Ratcliffe & Co Ltd is taking a best practice approach to being a sustainable organisation. The standard encourages an organisation to put its activities under a spotlight to ensure environmental impacts are minimised and provides a framework for delivering on-going cost savings and efficiencies. Adshead Ratcliffe & Co Ltd should be rightly proud of this achievement.”

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