“This is an important milestone for UPM Raflatac and a clear statement of our continued strong commitment to quality and the environment,” says Jan-Erik Forsström, senior vice president, Europe. “Being ISO 14001 certified clearly indicates that environmental performance is an important part of our corporate culture, and that we take environmental issues very seriously. This shows, for instance, in our choice of raw materials, such as water based adhesives and sustainably sourced papers.”
UPM Raflatac’s labelstock facility in Finland was certified in February 2008. The ISO 14001 Environmental Management System had been implemented earlier at UPM Raflatac’s labelstock facilities in France, the UK and Spain, and at RFID operations in Finland and the USA. Work to extend ISO 14001 certification worldwide is ongoing.
The ISO 14001:2004 standard, issued by the International Organization for Standardization, specifies the requirements for an environmental management system that enables an organization to develop and implement a policy and objectives which take into account legal and other requirements to which that organization subscribes as well as information about significant environmental concerns. It applies to environmental matters identified by an organization as possible to control or influence. The standard itself does not state specific environmental performance criteria.