ISO 14001 environmental management system implemented in Bäckefors
- Sustainability initiative
Sustainability goal: governance
Bruks Siwertell Group has set a number of ambitions for 2030. In terms of governance, the Group is aiming for 100 percent compliance with Code of Conduct regulations for both supplier and customers and 100 percent of work processes updated and improved.
The impact and scale of updating and improving the Group’s entire work processes has numerous sustainability benefits, from being able to pass on efficiencies to customers, reducing business costs, and lowering environmental burdens.
Part of this process has been the phased implementation of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14001 standard, which provides a framework for business to follow, enabling them to introduce an effective environmental management system.
ISO 14001 implementation and certification is designed to offer assurance for personnel, customers and stakeholders, that a company’s environmental impact is being effectively measured and improved.
Bruks Siwertell Group is currently assessing its criteria, certification and pathways to implementation. This includes the Bäckefors, Sweden, business unit, which commenced ISO 14001 introduction in 2023.
Solution and results
Bäckefors started the ISO 14001 implementation process at the beginning of 2023 and continued throughout the year, merging other related ISO system standards. The purchasing, sales, development and production departments have all had their processes updated to ISO 14001, boosting their environmental assessment and risk analysis capabilities.
It will be possible to measure the introduction of this new standard at the end of 2024. However, its implementation is already changing the way the business unit is working.
“Our sustainability targets are included in this ISO standard, which means that, going forward, we should all function and think from a deeper environmental perspective, regardless of whether we work in procurement, design, production or sales,” says Ulf Godtman, Aftersales and Quality Manager, FTG Cranes.
“We were inspired by visiting other local companies that had already introduced these new standards,” adds Godtman. “Our hope is to pass on this inspiration and support the adoption of this standard more widely.”
Monitoring and assessing sustainability milestones and achievements
Bruks Siwertell Group’s sustainability goals are assessed from an environmental, social, and governance (ESG) perspective, with each initiative falling into one or more of these categories. This is to clarify how different initiatives impact our overall sustainability work, and how their results can be used to maximum effect. It also contributes to our commitment to transparency. All aspects of our sustainability work are designed to be educational, so that we increase our knowledge and adjust our ambitions accordingly.