Wuppertal, 20 April 2015 - Karl Finke GmbH & Co. KG was issued by TÜV Nord with certification of its compliance with the requirements of ISO 14001 und 50001 in September 2014. The company’s successful and ongoing active implementation of a system of environmental management that conforms to standard and is applied to productive effect bears testimony to its having made the issue of responsibility towards both man and nature a permanent feature of its corporate policy and practices; it, likewise, underpins its ambition to conduct its operations with a focus on sustainability and to employ energy to the highest-possible standard of efficiency. By doing so, Finke is demonstrating its capabilities from the point of view of the environment and the issue of sustainability and provides its customers, partners, regulatory authorities and the public in general will that all-important guarantee that impacts on the environment are competently monitored, subjected to ongoing measurement procedure and consistently reduced.
“All of the effort that we have put in has been worth it, and we take great pride in the fact that we have been issued with this certification. We see in this development the official confirmation that the system of environmental and energy management that we have put in place at our company is compliant from every conceivable perspective with international standards. We pursue an effective policy of environmental management and are committed to ensuring that it will undergo consistent improvement ”, emphasises Managing Director Felix Finke.
Standard ISO 14001 sets out the criteria that are to be met to create and maintain an efficient and effective system of environmental management. It provides a framework which serves to assist and support companies in their effort to evaluate all of the effects and impacts that are of significance from the point of view of our environment, to develop an environmental policy that is specifically geared towards the immediate needs of a given company and to systematically organise and install its system of environmental management and effectively implement that system in practice.
Serving as a meaningful addition, ISO 50001 creates the basis for a sustainable policy of energy management. It systematically identifies potential for enhancing energy efficiencies, thereby creating situations whereby energy-consumption levels and CO2- emissions are reduced; the focus is likewise firmly fixed on enhancing sustainability standards.
Before certification was issued back in September 2014, Finke was subjected to a rigorous programme of evaluation by the auditors at TÜV Nord. All of its operational procedures, programmes and methods came under close scrutiny. Evaluation procedure also extended to take in written documentation of the company’s environmental policy, the inspection and assessment of all issues of environmental relevance, the documentation of environment-related objectives, the implementation and realisation of the system of environmental management and the effectiveness of control and corrective measures. In addition, Finke were required to provide evidence to the effect that the suitability and effectiveness of their system of environmental management underwent systematic and regular checks with a view to ensuring that the guarantee that it could be brought into line with state-of-the-art technology and current legislation at any given time remained intact at all times.
For certification to remain in place in future, TÜV Nord will be auditing company performance on an annual basis for compliance with the provisions of ISO 14001 and 50001.