Environmental Management Systems
We can only contribute to a more efficient and environmentally friendly economy if environmental protection is integrated into the processes and workflows of all NORMA Group sites. At the same time, the environmental impact of our products is an important selling point for our customers. In addition, we help them save costs through energy- and resource-efficient processes.
However, our business is also subject to risks. For example, the environmental impact cannot be measured or effectively managed across the enterprise without an effective environmental management system. At the same time, there is the risk of rising production costs due to using resources inefficiently, which would lead to competitive disadvantages. In addition, NORMA Group must meet increasing legal and social requirements when it comes to environmental topics. Our customers and investors increasingly attach importance in their ratings to a transparent presentation of greenhouse gas emissions and efficient use of water and resources by NORMA Group.
Along the supply chain, similar environmental risks as for NORMA Group itself exist because the majority of our suppliers also come from the manufacturing industry. Assessment and verification of these potential sustainability and financial risks are the responsibilities of our purchasing department. (Sustainability in Purchasing) (Annual Report)
Group-wide environmental management systemIn its CR Roadmap, NORMA Group has set itself the goal of 100% integrated manufacturing sites certified according to the international standard ISO 14001. Considering the strong growth through acquisitions, the target only refers to those locations which have been integrated into NORMA Group for more than 12 months. As of December 31, 2018, 93% (25 of 27) of these production sites were certified according to ISO 14001. In that context, the first-time certification of NORMA Group’s subsidiary NDS during the past year was a significant step towards reaching the target. The two entities missing are Lifial in Portugal (certification in first half of 2019) and Connectors in Switzerland (no certification due to relocation to a new site in 2019).
Responsibility for the introduction and implementation of the environmental management systems lies with our environmental department, which is staffed with qualified personnel at all production sites. This structure enables us to develop and implement specific measures in accordance with local environmental challenges on the one hand and site-specific production processes on the other. To ensure compliance with ISO 14001 standards, our sites are audited regularly by external specialists. Progress on the achievement of targets in the areas of climate, water and waste is evaluated in regular management reviews on a local level and reporting of aggregated data to the Management Board on a global level.