Manufacturing company gains international recognition for its environmental management system

Press release - 9th January 2013

Adshead Ratcliffe & Co Ltd has successfully gained certification to the internationally recognized 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 recognizes 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 formalizing our management activities and ensuring compliance with such an internationally recognized 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 organization. The standard encourages an organization to put its activities under a spotlight to ensure environmental impacts are minimized and provides a framework for delivering on-going cost savings and efficiencies. Adshead Ratcliffe & Co Ltd should be rightly proud of this achievement.”

About BSI

BSI (British Standards Institution) is a global organization that equips businesses with the necessary solutions to turn standards of best practice into habits of excellence. Formed in 1901, BSI was the world’s first National Standards Body and a founding member of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

Over a century later it continues to facilitate business improvement across the globe by helping its clients drive performance, reduce risk and grow sustainably through the adoption of international management systems standards, many of which BSI originated. Famed for its marks of excellence including the instantly recognizable Kitemark®, BSI’s influence spans multiple sectors including aerospace, construction, energy, engineering, finance, healthcare, IT and retail. With over 70,000 clients in 150 countries, BSI is an organization whose standards inspire excellence across the globe.