Swedish-based Volvo Group's strategy to adopt environmental management systems throughout its operations has taken an important step forward this week. A Volvo Car parts warehouse in the UK has been certified under the international environmental management standard ISO 14001 and is one of the first of Volvo's non-manufacturing sites to be accredited. Volvo describes the development as a "major new achievement" in its overall environmental strategy. Volvo Group environmental manager Anders Kärrberg told ENDS Daily that the firm plans to spread environmental management systems "along the value chain," including all major manufacturing and non-manufacturing activities in all main business units. "If you are truly going to integrate environmental issues, you cannot only introduce such systems in only [the production] part of the chain," he said. Volvo currently has 13 units accredited under ISO 14001 and plans to reach 40 out of its total of around 150 units by the end of the year. An announcement of the first Volvo marketing unit to be accredited to the standard is expected very soon.
Volvo Group, tel: +46 31 59 00 00; Volvo Car UK, tel: +44 1628 477 977.
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