A COMPANY in Huddersfield has furthered its environmental credentials.
Independent vehicle incident management and roadside assistance company FMG Support has achieved another major business accreditation from the British Standards Institution by successfully completing ISO 14001 certification.
ISO14001 is an internationally accepted standard that sets out guidelines for putting in place an effective environmental management system . It aims to address the balance between maintaining profitability and reducing environmental impact.
The certification process was a lengthy and detailed one that involved audits, planning, processes and implementation, including putting a formalised staff training programme and environmental policy in place.
During the 12-month certification process, FMG worked with Calderdale-based Green Business Network, the award-winning not-for-profit business support organisation which delivers environmental advice and projects in West Yorkshire.
The network helped FMG assess its environmental business practices and set clear benchmarks by which to measure its performance.
FMG, based at St Andrew’s Road, also set up a steering group made up of members of staff, who were given the task of carrying out a detailed risk assessment and a scoring system to measure its performance levels.
A group of internal representatives, known as “eco warriors” has been appointed to ensure compliance on a day-to-day basis and will report to FMG Support’s facilities and procurement manager – to collate the data collected and identify action plans.
Mark Scanlon, managing director of FMG, said: “We are delighted to have added another BSI certification to our portfolio.
“Certifying the company’s environmental management system to ISO 14001 means that FMG Support can not only demonstrate its compliance with environmental legislation to regulators and government, but also demonstrate its environmental commitment to customers and business partners.
“The qualification process has provided us with a fantastic opportunity to refine our environmental business practices and to improve the environmental knowledge of our employees.
“The result is a more environmentally aware and energy efficient operation, which will not only benefit our staff, but also our customers, suppliers and ultimately, the environment.
“Achieving this certification is another step on the company’s ‘Journey to Excellence’.”