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Volkswagen achieves new international environmental certification

Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) has been awarded the new International Environmental Certification – ISO 14001:2015.  This certification was awarded and confirmed by lead auditors from Tuev Nord and Volkswagen AG.  VWSA has made great improvements in Safety, Environmental and Energy management performance processes. These improvements were acknowldged by achieving this certification in record time.

  • Volkswagen achieves new international standard of ISO 14001:2015 certification
  • Certification completed in record time

The positive result and certification was announced by external auditor from Tuev Nord, Thomas Bunge. “It must be noted that the Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems, BS:OHSAS 18001 is well-embedded at VWSA with all employees understanding the importance of the principles of good health and safety practices.  This is evident in the results,” commented Bunge.

This year’s result is gratifying, as the new standard of ISO 14001:2015 was implemented in a record time of one year, instead of the two to three years that most organisations require to receive a similar level of compliance.

Volkswagen achieves International Environmental certification
From Left Back Row: Mr. M. Gie, Mr. J. Marais, Mr. N. Chapman, Mr. R. Matzke
From Left Front Row: Mr. W. Visser, Mr. P. Baptista, Mr. S. Lelaka, Mr. F. Schneichel, Mr. T. Bunge (Lead Auditor), Ms. Z. Lourens – Strydom, Mr. R. Botha, Mr. P. Smith (Human Resources Director: VWSA)

This makes VWSA one of only five manufacturing plants in the Volkswagen production network to receive this certification in 2016. In addition VWSA’s Sales and Marketing offices in Johannesburg have also successfully implemented the International Standard on Energy Management ISO 50001, ensuring that the entire VWSA now has a formalised and certified Energy Management System in place.

“We are very grateful for the diligent work of our Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Department as well as all our employees for their roles in helping our company to receive the certification. We always strive to ensure that all our facilities fully comply and adhere to the required standards,” said Thomas Schaefer, Chairman and Managing Director: Volkswagen Group South Africa.

Tristan Wiggill
Special Features Editor at Business Fleet Africa