Pilkington is one of the first companies in the automotive industry to achieve corporate certification as opposed to individual certificates for each facility. The new award covers sites in 12 countries in Europe, North America and South America.
The achievement comes after a three-year programme to establish a common environment, health and safety structure within the business line, complemented by a single management system and the standardisation of common key processes.
The global programme required in-depth analysis of existing programmes, identification of best practice and an extensive plan of improvements and modifications to meet new standards detailed in Pilkington Automotive's new global corporate environment, health and safety manual.
Explained Peter Karies, director of environment, health and safety for Pilkington Automotive: "Most of our sites had previously achieved the ISO 140001 certification, either individually or at country level. Achieving the new certificate for Europe, North America and parts of South America is a significant step towards achieving the global standardisation of our Environmental Management System and of our environmental performance.
"We are already working to integrate fully all the remaining sites in South America, Australia and China to achieve our global certificate in the next 12 months.
"The new process, systems and audits in place as a result of this work will ensure we continue to improve our environmental performance. It is due to the enthusiasm of all those involved across the world that this initiative has been so successful."