AT QUAKER, WE ARE ALL IN.
We are 100% committed to delivering environmentally friendly solutions. While this does not mean that all of our formulations and processes are “green,” it does mean that we meet or exceed all of today’s environmental regulations and are taking additional steps to reduce our environmental impact.
EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND PUBLIC SAFETY.
All of our plants around the globe have guidelines in place to establish, implement, and maintain procedures to identify emergency situations and potential accidents, including how to respond to such situations. Examples include Emergency Response Plans and Spill Prevention Plans. We periodically review and test our procedures, where practical. In addition, Quaker maintains emergency phone numbers to respond to transportation, environmental and medical emergencies.
As part of our Responsible Care 14001 certification in North America, which we aim to complete in 2017, we are strengthening our systems to protect the environment, conserve resources, and strengthen the flow of hazardous/safe handling information, guidance, and training along the value chain.
OUR INTERNAL FOOTPRINT.
Although Quaker’s facilities have a relatively small environmental footprint, we want to continuously reduce our own impact on the environment.
In 2014, we established a goal for each wholly owned Quaker manufacturing facility around the globe to reduce its electricity, fuel, waste, water and waste water, year-over-year, by 3%. In that first year we made good progress against this goal, though every facility did not meet every goal.
In 2015 we adapted this goal. By 2019, we aim to further reduce the above-mentioned impacts by 10% in each region. This change to our goal will give us a longer timeframe to achieve outcomes, including more time for ROI on certain investments, and to compensate for the varying sizes of our individual operations.
PRODUCT IMPACT ON ENVIRONMENT.
Quaker complies with all country-specific, state and local regulations, and the handling of any regulatory issues are managed by our Safety, Health & Environmental (SHE) groups. All of our main manufacturing sites around the globe are ISO 14001 certified, which is external recognition of our efforts to minimize harmful effects on the environment.
We were heavily involved in the early stages of REACH (Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals), the European Union’s legislation to better protect human health and the environment. Our work was, and continues to be, led by a Global REACH Specialist who ensures that Quaker remains well informed about the implications this legislation has on our company and our industries.
We recognize that some of our small-volume raw materials are harmful to the environment and to people. In 2014 we began to focus on reducing or eliminating our use of raw materials that are considered to be CMR (Carcinogenic, Mutagenic and Repro-toxic) and/or harmful to aquatic environments. Each Quaker affiliate around the globe has developed multi-year plans to reduce their year-over-year usage of certain materials. These plans must balance reduction decisions against product performance, sales opportunities, and cost in order to continue to satisfy our customers and maintain our sustainability as a company.
As part of our Responsible Care 14001 certification in North America, expected to be complete in 2017, we will adhere to the Responsible Care Product Safety Code. This code sets forth a set of practices to manage chemical product safety as part of our overall HSSE (health, safety, security, environmental) management system.
Palm oil is used by many Quaker locations around the globe. In April 2015, we began to support the sustainable manufacturing of this natural resource, thanks to a solid business case developed by one of our chemists in Europe. Our support includes joining the RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil), becoming RSPO supply chain-certified in The Netherlands, and buying certificates to offset all palm oil used by all 100%-owned Quaker facilities.