Dr. Schumacher maintains excellence in environmental management
Malsfeld, Germany – In early February 2020, Dr. Schumacher GmbH released the ninth update of its environmental statement and once again received the European Union's Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) certification for sustainable environmental management.
The family-owned company based in North Hesse views itself as a part of society and recognizes its responsibilities in this regard. In order to be able to document its efforts towards environmentally friendly production at its Beiseförth site, the company implemented a management system in 2009 which incorporates issues concerning occupational safety and environmental protection issues. A product of this management system is the company's annual environmental statement, most recently published in February 2020, which is based on the EMAS III, ISO 14001:2015 and DIN ISO 45001:2018 standards. The statement, which may be downloaded from the company's website, details the company’s established environmental targets and their implementation, and indicates their validation by state-supervised, independent environmental verifiers within the scope of an EMAS audit.
As a medium-sized manufacturing company, Dr. Schumacher GmbH strives to minimize its consumption of raw materials, energy and water, and to increase material efficiency. In addition, it is committed to assessing, monitoring and reducing environmentally relevant impacts, and to preventing or minimizing emissions, waste, wastewater and noise. In addition to factors that have a direct impact on the environment, indirect factors are also recorded and evaluated. These include the environmental compatibility of its products and services, its procurement practices, the conduct of its subcontractors, and the commuting habits of its employees. In order to achieve these corporate targets, which go beyond legally prescribed measures and encompass social, ecological and economic concerns, internal working groups and project groups within the company address issues such as waste reduction, resource conservation, packaging recycling, and occupational health management.