Perfecting a sustainable future
Growing pressure on the environment has prompted organisations around the world to proactively manage their operations more responsibly. Implementing environmental management systems enables organisations to balance the needs of their businesses and the environmental in practical ways. Mr Kimmo Minkkinen, Quality Assurance Manager, shares how environmental management is embedded within Sammet and the implications this has had on their operations.
Wherever we are based, we are all living on one planet. Its beauty and resources sustain us. As a thank you and to continue benefiting from what the planet offers us, there is growing recognition that the competing demands of businesses must be balanced with environmental needs. Many organisations are keen to safeguard the resources which support their businesses and which are required to fulfil the needs of future generations. Yet translating such a desire into commitment and action can be difficult in competitive, international markets. In response, the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) issued the revised ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems standard in 2015. ISO 14001 provides a framework aimed at protecting the environment while enabling businesses to respond to changing environmental conditions. To account for specific circumstances, ISO 14001 gives autonomy to organisations over how they achieve the aims.
Practical steps for change
At Sammet, Mr Kimmo Minkkinen, Quality Assurance Manager, is tasked with implementing ISO 14001. Minkkinen is responsible for Sammet’s quality assurance and environmental management systems in Europe and coordinating the response with the China team. “The most important aspect of my environmental management role is ensure all functions and teams are committed to minimising environmental impacts at each stage of the product and service life cycle”, he says. This means reinforcing Sammet’s culture of working towards high quality, practical solutions in co-operation with an exceptional set of partners along its value chain.
“Concentrating on several small improvements is better than introducing wholesale changes that can result in a large failure, or worse, creating a greater aversion to change”, states Minkkinen.
Stepping away from a well-worn and familiar path can be challenging, even when it is likely to be beneficial. The diversity of thought and circumstances throughout the world and in leadership make finding a common approach to environmental management difficult. Minkkinen, however, is determined and steadfastly optimistic about the ability of organisations to orchestrate the necessary changes and sees ISO 14001 as providing an essential, helping hand. Sammet’s approach focuses on actions that are practical, feasible and easily implemented.