Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Panalpina Achieves ISO 14001:2004 Certification

Recognition For Company's Environmental Policy
Shipping News Feature

SWITZERLAND - Global forwarding and logistics service provider Panalpina has achieved Global Environmental Certification to the standard ISO 14001:2004 in what the company claims is the first such qualification by any company in the industry covering its operations worldwide under one integrated management system and certification scheme.

Speaking of the award Chief Operating Officer Karl Weyeneth said that: “We as individuals and as members of a global player within the logistics industry, have a moral and civic duty to do everything possible to minimize the impact that our actions have on the environment”.

The ISO 14001:2004 certification was made possible by Panalpina’s implementation of a universal “PanGreen” program to create conformity across its global operations in order to reduce the Group’s environmental impact, with staff required to undertake environmental e-learning modules to raise awareness.

Lynsey MacIver, Panalpina’s Health, Safety & Environment manager, explained that: “We are committed to paper reduction, recycling, waste management and the limitation of business flights, electricity use and water consumption. Thus we will minimize global resource consumption and reduce internal CO2 emissions.”

In addition to the certification Panalpina received praise from auditing company SGS, who issued the qualification. Rolf Percy Herberg, SGS Lead Auditor stated that: “Comparing Panalpina with other global certification programs across several industries, I was amazed about how few non-conformities were found. This is astonishing and demonstrates the seriousness and importance Panalpina attaches to its environmental commitment”.