Unilever’s Horana factory achieves ISO 14001:2015 environmental management system certification


Unilever Sri Lanka has received ISO 14001:2015 certification for its Horana-based manufacturing facility from the Sri Lanka Standards Institute (SLSI).

The internationally accredited standard recognizes the company’s commitment to identify, manage and reduce the environmental impact of its operations, through a comprehensive environmental management system.

Gerard Irudayaraj, Supply Chain Manager, Unilever Sri Lanka, said: “With great diligence and commitment, our Horana factory achieved this certification without any non-compliance. As a company dedicated to protecting and conserving the environment through sustainable business practices, we view this as a great triumph towards our long-term goals and vision.

Unilever’s Horana factory has successfully adhered to its environmental management system by making positive changes to its operations. Some of these key achievements include a 97% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, a 68% drop in overall energy consumption and a 68% reduction in overall waste generation over the past nine years. (2012-2021).

Additionally, the facility has plans in place to mitigate its water footprint, resulting in a 78% reduction in annual water consumption (2012-2021). Unilever has achieved this remarkable feat through various water optimization projects as well as a rainwater harvesting system, which harvests 25,000 tonnes of rainwater per year for its operations.

ISO 14001:2015 is an international standard that sets out the requirements for an environmental management system that an organization can use to improve its environmental performance, meet its compliance obligations and achieve its environmental objectives. Certification confirms a company’s ability to manage its environmental responsibilities in a systematic way that contributes to the environmental pillar of sustainability.


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