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Hettich proud of holding EMAS validation for 25 years

Hettich's Kirchlengern/Bünde and Frankenberg operating bases have been EMAS validated for a quarter of a century

The Hettich Group is the only leading manufacturer of furniture fittings to meet the voluntary, stringent EU requirements laid down in EMAS – and doing so for 25 years.

Environmental auditor Dr. Ralf Rieken carried out the EMAS audit at the Kirchlengern/Bünde site. Hettich passed with flying colors. (from left to right: Ute Schulz, Corporate Responsibility Team at Hettich; Irene Schirokow, Environmental Management Officer at Hettich; Thomas Kohlmeier, Project Planning at Hettich; Dr. Ralf Rieken, Environmental Auditor C&S; Michael Lehmkuhl, Managing Director at Hettich) Photo: Hettich

The Hettich Group has been taking part in the European Union's Eco Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) for as long ago as 1997. Any environmental management system under EMAS includes the requirements laid down in international environmental management systems standard ISO 14001. The stringent EMAS criteria provide effective instruments that systematically take into account and measurably improve direct environmental aspects, such as energy and resource efficiency and hazard management, but also indirect environmental aspects, such as legal compliance. In the meantime, four of Hettich's German bases as well as our operations abroad in Spain and the Czech Republic now take part in the annual review cycles.

Once again, the Hettich Group's largest operating base in Kirchlengern/Bünde as well as the Frankenberg facility have now passed this independent, external validation by the state approved environmental auditors. "We can be very proud of holding the EMAS validation for a quarter century. Because EMAS not only continuously helps us to review the impact we have on the environment but also to document improvement measures and present them in a transparent manner," Lisa Castro Lago, Corporate Strategy Manager at Hettich, is pleased to report. "This is an investment in the responsibility we take for the environment under our sustainability strategy. We are aiming to achieve climate neutral Hettich operating bases, want to continue conserving resources and boost our energy efficiency."