Samskip has secured ISO14001:2015 certification, becoming one of the very first Dutch companies whose Environmental Management System is recognised under the renewed Quality Assurance scheme.
The ISO14001:2015 accreditation, granted by Lloyd’s Register after a two-day audit, covers Samskip’s Rotterdam (shortsea) and Genemuiden (rail) operations at the heart of its pan-European multimodal operations.
“Samskip considers sustainability to be one of the fundamentals of doing business,” said Eva Rademaker-de Leeuw, Samskip Manager Marketing and Communication. “Our Corporate Sustainability Strategy is integral to our company ethos. We seize every opportunity to be more sustainable and reduce our carbon footprint, not because it is a nice-to-have PR tool, but because it helps us improve resource efficiency, reduce waste, and reduce risks.”
Samskip’s Corporate Sustainability strategy, introduced earlier this year, has been developed to benefit society, also to benefit Samskip as a business. The company has devised five key performance indicators to measure its progress: increasing the intermodal component in services in tonne miles; reducing emissions per km; reducing its KWh; reducing paper use in kg; and reducing water use in litres. Employees receive ‘sustainable guidelines’ to encourage environmentally-responsible actions.
“ISO14001 certification is a milestone,” Rademaker-de Leeuw said, “but our efforts continue. The next step is to expand the Samskip Environmental Management System to cover our entire Logistics business, and our Breakbulk and North Atlantic activities. In addition, we expect to introduce a new web tool for CO2 reporting by 1st September 2016 at the latest.”
Samskip has further plans to set up an annual Environmental Report, which is to be shared with all concerned stakeholders.