Tegra Medical, a contract manufacturer and member of SFS, today announced it has achieved ISO 14001 certification for all four of its locations in the Americas, including Massachusetts, Mississippi, and Costa Rica.
“Tegra Medical is emphatically committed to contributing to a greener world for future generations,” said Walter Kobler, Tegra CEO. “As the medical division of SFS, Tegra Medical has made sustainability part of its DNA. It’s a mindset that will deliver value to our stakeholders as we infuse the holistic ESG criteria (environmental, social, governance) into all the work we do.”
ISO 14001 is granted to companies that identify and manage parts of its business to reduce its environmental impact. It maps out a framework that a company or organization can follow to set up effective environmental management systems and can provide assurance to company employees, management, and external stakeholders that environmental impact is being measured and improved from initial baseline.
The certification, which is the most widely recognized standard of environmental management systems, is established with a baseline determined by an extensive audit of company procedures. The audit is then followed by an improvement plan in selected areas. Areas that were selected for Tegra include material reuse, waste reduction, composting, and evaluating equipment for age and power efficiency, among others. Of note, the company’s Costa Rica location already obtains nearly all of its energy from renewable sources.
“The hard work of obtaining ISO 14001 certification will not only benefit our planet but will bring efficiencies in many of our manufacturing processes,” said Eduardo Mena, who leads the quality, environmental, health, and safety activities for the company’s location in Costa Rica. “With certification we will have processes in place to gauge improvements such as waste reduction, as well as our continuing efforts in becoming a greener company.”