Denmaur Independent Paper, one of the UK's largest independent paper merchanting companies, have achieved ISO 14001 certification across all of its five operating sites in the UK.
The International Standards Organization (ISO) certificate was awarded after a meticulous audit process with leading environmental assessor, Bureau Veritas, and adds to Denmaur's existing ISO 9001, FSC and PEFC accreditations.
The achievement is recognition of Denmaur's Environmental Management System (EMS) through which they identify, monitor and reduce the environmental impacts of their day to day business activities. Danny Doogan, the Company's Environmental Manager stated, "Our EMS works on the principle of continuous improvement; this means that we will review our targets and objectives each year so as to impact less on the environment."
As part of the company's ISO 14001 programme of continuous improvement, Denmaur have introduced two corporate policies:-
1. Act on C02 at Denmaur is an initiative based on the 3R principle - Reduce, Re-use and Recycle. Doogan continued, "This initiative has been implemented company wide to ensure that we become more efficient with our use of resources that relate to office, warehouse and transport functions. It is also designed so that we can measure and gauge our efforts to improve the Company's environmental performance."
2. The Company's Green Procurement Policy, which was already in place, neatly forms part of the new EMS. Managing Director, Mike Gee commented, "Denmaur has long been an exponent of recycled and other sustainably sourced papers." He continued, "The successful launch of our Amadeus recycled range last year, along with our steady sales of FSC and PEFC papers contributed to the achievement of the 14001 standard".
Mike Gee continued "At Denmaur, we recognise the need for everyone's contribution to conserve energy, reduce waste and minimize the risk of any further environmental impacts".
As well as being an endorsement of an organisation's environmental credentials, ISO14001 makes good business sense on two levels. Firstly, there is the medium – long term financial benefit of reduced energy, water and fuel bills. Secondly, customers tend to, and increasingly now need to, favour suppliers who are seen to be environmentally responsible."