25th January 2019 | Company
Environmental achievements recognised with ISO 14001
First UK dental group to receive certification
We are thrilled to announce that we have achieved ISO 14001:2015 certification, the international standard for environmental management. We are the first UK dental group to receive ISO 14001 certification through NQA, the third party UKAS accredited global certification body.
ISO 14001 provides a framework for the development of an Environmental Management System (EMS), ensuring compliance with legislation and providing a systematic approach to continuous improvement of environmental performance. It was revised in 2015, bringing an increased focus on sustainable development and helping businesses to effectively manage the environmental challenges of the future.
Our Green Forum, led by H&S and Facilities, worked towards achieving ISO 14001 certification for more than a year. The Green Forum have helped to reduce our annual business mileage by 200,000 miles – equivalent to eight times round the earth – and the roll-out of energy-saving LED lights in the Suport Centre, Academy and larger practices. We’ve also very specific targets to continually reduce our carbon footprint over the next five years including improving the management of waste and utilities.
Tom Riall, CEO, said, “The achievement of ISO 14001 certification is an important step forward for mydentist. We are proud to be the first major dental care provider in the UK to be recognised for our continued commitment to high environmental standards by NQA.
“The implementation of our Environmental Management System will help us to meet the challenges of the future head on, helping us achieve an overall reduction in our carbon footprint, waste production and costs, and minimise the environmental impact of our operations.”
Laura Fletcher, Commercial and Customer Experience Director for NQA, said: “It is fantastic to see mydentist achieve ISO 14001 certification across all of its UK locations. Implementing a management system within an organisation of this size is no mean feat and mydentist’s commitment to continual improvement across all levels of the organisation is truly inspiring. The achievement of ISO 14001 accredited certification should be celebrated by mydentist – huge congratulations from the NQA team.”
Well done to everyone who has helped with this achievement, especially the Green Forum who have championed ‘going green’ across mydentist.