Unilever’s Horana Factory Receives Coveted ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management System Certification – Adaderana Biz

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  • A step forward in meeting environmental responsibilities through the company’s commitment to sustainability

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 a company’s commitment to identifying, managing and reducing the impact of its operations on the environment, through a comprehensive environmental management system.

Commenting on the certification, Gerard Irudayaraj, Director of Supply Chain – Unilever Sri Lanka said, “With great diligence and commitment, our Horana factory achieved this certification with zero non-conformances. 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 9 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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