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December, 2001


Environmental improvement

ISOAs highlighted in the press with increasing regularity,
environmental pressure is mounting for businesses to
demonstrate their commitment to the environment.  In June 2001, the Aachen Power Transmission facility
has successfully passed the ISO 14001 certification 
                            audit and obtained its accreditation in August.  Gates 
                            Balsareny and Gates Dumfries already have this
                            environmental management system certification.

About the standard…

Many companies are familiar with the 9000 series of international standards dealing with quality systems.  The ISO 14001 international standard has been developed for incorporating environmental aspects into operations and product standards.  The ISO 14001 (1996) standard, establishes a co-ordinated framework of controls to manage environmental protection and covers a wide range of related environmental management topics, including environmental performance evaluation and auditing.  To achieve this extremely demanding environmental manufacturing standard, a company must demonstrate:

-   an organisation with well-defined procedures for handling
    environmental issues;
-   clearly-defined areas of responsibility, and a framework for
    setting up and reviewing environmental objectives;
-   awareness of environmental aspects and impacts;
-   a clear improvement plan with priority to actions aimed at
    reducing environmental impact;
-   a published policy of continuous improvement on environmental
    matters.

Gates ISO 14001 certified plants are audited biannually by Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance Ltd, the leading international certification body that assesses quality management systems at the different Gates facilities.  

Gates, as a worldwide supplier of belts and hose, recognises its responsibilities towards both the local and global environment in which it carries out its business.  It is Gates’ aim to comply with relevant local, national and international legislation and codes of practice and to avoid any adverse impacts of its products and services on the environment.  The new Gates Group policy requires all of its operations “to implement and maintain a health, safety and environmental management system […] and obtain ISO 14001 certification” (James D. Wiggins, Gates Group CEO, January 2001).