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11.11.2020, Mainz, Germany
SCHOTT assumes responsibility for environment, health and safety
25 years EHS Management SystemManagement systems serve to design organizational structures and work processes in such a way that systematic action can be taken and planned results achieved. This is also the case at the international special glass manufacturer SCHOTT, which is currently looking back on the 25th anniversary of its EHS Management System. EHS deals with the topics of environmental protection and occupational health and safety.
In October 1995, the SCHOTT Group bundled its activities in these areas, some of which had been ongoing for many years, into an integrated management system. A binding guideline, standards and an organizational framework were created. "Our EHS system has proven to be an important building block for sustainable development in the areas of environmental protection, energy management, and occupational health and safety," says Hermann Ditz, Member of the Board of Management, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary.
The integrated EHS Management System is based on the international ISO standards 14001 (environmental management systems) and 45001 (occupational health and safety). Group-wide EHS standards supplement national laws and regulations where standardized processes make sense and where it is important to SCHOTT to uniformly regulate relevant topics of the Code of Conduct and to define a minimum standard. For this reason, an EHS Standard for Material Compliance has been added recently.
Today, almost 90 percent of the production units are certified internally according to the SCHOTT EHS guideline. As part of the current transition to external EHS certification, more than 60 percent of the units already have an external ISO 14001 and ISO 45001 certificate.
"As part of the EHS system, we report eight indicators at all production sites. These form the basis for a targeted and measurable improvement in EHS performance. At the same time, we can identify potential for improvement and good practices in these areas and initiate optimization," explains EHS Commissioner Dr. Tobias Kälber.
In addition to standardizing structures and improving processes, the EHS Management System has another important function: "With the system and the associated certifications, we can demonstrate our and safety, health and environmental protection standards to our customers," Kälber says.
SCHOTT is a leading international technology group in the areas of specialty glass, glass-ceramics and related high-tech materials. With over 130 years of experience, the company is an innovative partner to many industries, including the home appliance, pharma, electronics, optics, life sciences, automotive and aviation industries. SCHOTT has a global presence with production sites and sales offices in 34 countries. In the 2018/2019 fiscal year, the group generated sales of EUR 2.2 billion (US$ 2.54 billion) with over 16,200 employees. SCHOTT AG has its headquarters in Mainz (Germany) and is solely owned by the Carl Zeiss Foundation. This is one of the oldest private and largest science-promoting foundations in Germany. As a foundation company, SCHOTT assumes special responsibility for its employees, society and the environment.
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