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Fiskars UK Manufacturing Facility Certified to the New ISO 14001:2015 Standard

23 December 2016
UK Manufacturing Facility achieves outstanding recognition for their Environmental Management System (EMS).

We are delighted to announce that on 10th November 2016, Fiskars UK Ceramic Manufacturing Facility in Barlaston, Stoke on Trent, England, successfully gained certification to the new ISO 14001:2015 standard.

The ISO 14001:2015 is the International Standard for Environmental Management Systems (EMS). It is intended for use by an organization seeking to manage its environmental responsibilities in a systematic manner that contributes to the environmental pillar of sustainability.

Jon Lawrence, Head of Health, Safety & Environment for English & Crystal Living said:

 “To achieve accredited certification we had to pass a two stage audit over a four day period. Stage one took place at the end of August 2016, when the basics of the EMS were audited and a gap analysis was produced. The more intensive second stage took place in October 2016. I am delighted that we passed with flying colours without a single non-conformance or observation… which, apparently, is very rare indeed! 

I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved - our environmental consultants ESP Ltd, the factory employees and management team, support functions, Ralf Kuhn (Exec VP Operations) and Richard Davison (Plant Manager) for their leadership and support and finally Paul Fryer (HSE Officer) and Chris Barrs (Manufacturing & QUENSH Support Manager) for all their hard work and determination – it was truly a great team effort and a fantastic achievement.’’

Implementing an EMS ensures that the organization enhances their environmental performance, fulfils their compliance obligations and achieves their environmental objectives. 

During the implementation of ISO 14001:2015 a number of environmental improvements were identified and addressed to reduce their environmental impact including, but not limited to, the following: improving spillage management, reducing the quantity of hazardous liquid materials stored on site, reducing packaging materials used and increasing recycled content, reducing electricity consumption and –investing other areas for potential continual improvement. 

Matt Gantley, Managing Director of NQA UK visited the factory on the 7th December to present the certificate. Matt said:

"It was pleasure to present a certificate to such a quality and environmentally focused business. I was impressed by WWRD's approach to HS&E performance at the facility and applaud the progressive and positive approach they took to achieving their ISO14001:2015 certificate in such a short time".

During the site tour he also went on to say how clean the factory was and that they should be very proud of the facility.

Following the factory tour Matt was also given the opportunity to roll up his sleeves and throw a pot before departing with the words, 

“We look forward to promoting your outstanding achievement to ceramics manufacturers and other businesses, well done and congratulations!”