Freudenberg Medical said it has achieved ISO 14001 certification for its 11 locations in the United States, Costa Rica, Germany, Ireland and China following a final audit at the company’s new headquarters in Beverly, Washington. Massachusetts.
ISO 14001 specifies environmental management system requirements for improving environmental performance, meeting compliance obligations and achieving environmental objectives.
Freudenberg Medical said it is working to reduce its environmental impact and achieve carbon neutrality in its manufacturing operations.
“Freudenberg Medical is a leader in sustainable manufacturing for the medical device and pharmaceutical industry. It is our social responsibility to protect the environment and preserve the Earth’s resources as much as possible,” Freudenberg Medical CEO Max Gisbert Kley said in a press release last week. “Sustainability is an important guiding principle of the Freudenberg Group, a principle that all of our employees strive to uphold. We are committed to sustainability and have a responsibility to the communities in which we operate. The completion of the worldwide ISO 14001 certification process is a strong testimony to this commitment.
Freudenberg Medical said it improved its energy efficiency by 10% in one year, reduced its total waste by 36% in 2021 and derived more than 50% of the indirect energy used by its manufacturing sites from renewable energy sources. . The company also said that all silicone and plastic materials that go unused or need to be scrapped in the manufacturing process are now recycled.
The medical technology designer, developer and manufacturer specifically cited cold and hot runner tooling systems as modern production processes that have reduced the excessive use of raw materials.
Major projects for the company included optimizing energy efficiency at its Carrick-on-Shannon site in Ireland and a sustainability audit that identified key improvements in its manufacturing operations in Indiana.