FloorworX has announced that it is the first vinyl manufacturing company in South Africa to obtain certification to ISO 14001, the international standard that specifies a process for controlling and improving an organisation’s environmental performance.
Awarded by SABS Commercial (Pty) Ltd, this ISO 14001 certification covers all activities of FloorworX products, services and facilities that FloorworX controls or influences that have, or can have, a significant impact on the environment related to the purchasing, receiving, storing, blending and processing of raw material into Polyvinyl Chloride floorcovering and accessories, and the storing and distribution of both local and imported floorcoverings and accessories.
“Governments are adopting sustainability policies and implementing these into their supply chains. Our large enterprise customers are also increasingly expecting modern environmental practices from their suppliers. In addition, consumers increasingly want to know that their service providers are committed to environmental best practices,” explains Donald Platt, managing director of FloorworX.
“FloorworX’s ISO 14001 certification proves we are committed to meeting our customers’ expectations and it is a business differentiator positioning us as an industry leader.”
The FloorworX environmental management system provides a systematic framework for the company to identify the environmental impact of its activities, products and services. It also establishes commitments and targets, and monitors results so FloorworX can continually improve its performance.
“As South Africa’s only vinyl manufacturing company, we are acutely aware that what we do today will affect future generations,” Donald said. “We work hard to make our environmental footprint as small as possible and strive to continually improve our environmental performance in every facet of our operations.”
As an Accéntuate Limited company, FloorworX Africa (Pty) Ltd is a leading manufacturer and distributor of vinyl flooring products and accessories, and is committed to accept a leading role of responsible care for the environment. As a result, FloorworX is committed to developing, implementing and maintaining an environmental management system (EMS) according to ISO 14001:2004.
The company also has an environmental management policy statement for ISO 14001:2004 that is reviewed every two years, the next being in July 2012.