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:: Mintek Receives ISO 14001 Certification  

Mintek is pleased to announce that its environmental management system has met the requirements for certification according to the ISO 14001 standard. The certification follows an audit by the Société Générale de Surveillance (SGS) in July 2003.

'Achieving ISO 14001 is in line with Mintek's aim of becoming a leading provider of technology and R&D services to the mineral and metallurgical industries', said Dr Roger Paul, Mintek's General Manager: Technology. 'Increasingly, organisations operating in the global market are rated not only on their financial and technical performance, but also on social and environmental factors - the so-called "triple bottom line". Certification assures our clients that we have fully integrated environmental concerns into the daily management of our operations.'

Mintek began implementing its environmental management system, which covers the environmental aspects of all its activities, both on- and off-site, in 1997.

One of the fundamental requirements of certification is that organisations must continually improve their efforts in environmental management. Mintek will undergo follow-up audits every six months to ensure continued compliance and improvement regarding ISO 14001, and a comprehensive audit will be conducted again in early 2004.

ISO 14001 is an international benchmark for environmental management systems developed by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO). It consists of a set of standards formulated to help organisations take a more pro-active approach to managing environmental Issues.

Apart from the environmental benefits, adherence to these standards can provide significant economic benefits through reduced consumption of raw materials and energy, improved process efficiency; reduced waste generation and disposal costs, and better utilisation of recoverable resources.

 

   

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