Handicare achieves accreditation for environmental impact at Chinese manufacturing site
Handicare Accessibility has received recognition for its commitment to environmental practices with ISO14001 certification at its manufacturing site in Xiamen, China.
The international accreditation verifies that the site has effective environmental management systems in place, and is committed to reducing its environmental impact.
Handicare was the first stairlift manufacturer in the sector to gain ISO14001 accreditation at its UK and Netherlands sites over five years ago. In 2021 it committed to implementing the same level of environmental performance at its Xiamen site, where stairlift seats and power packs are built.
Pete Slack, VP Operations for Handicare, said: “This is a fantastic achievement from our Xiamen team. Working towards this certification is another huge step towards reducing Handicare’s environmental impact.
“We made the commitment to invest in environmental improvements in China, despite the difficulties posed by the pandemic, as part of our commitment to improved ESG throughout our business.
“Handicare takes measures at all its sites to reduce waste, make production processes as energy efficient as possible, and use sustainable materials and packaging.
“The team worked throughout 2021 to further improve the environmental performance of our Xiamen facility, which resulted in the award of ISO14001 certification from the accreditation body at the end of the year.”
Managing Director at the site, Amy Xie, was responsible for overseeing the project, which included reconstructing lighting systems and replacing bulbs with LEDs, reducing and reusing single use packaging, and training associates on reducing their carbon footprints.
ISO14001 is the most widely used international standard for environmental management systems in businesses in all sectors. Achieving certification proves that Handicare is going above and beyond, not only meeting the minimum requirements for environmental safety, but proactively minimising its environmental impact across the board.
Handicare Accessibility is an international provider of mobility equipment. Last year it was bought by the Savaria corporation to form a new global leader in its sector and leading to some leadership changes.
The firm’s sustainability strategy, based on a stakeholder survey of customers, employees, owners, suppliers and society, forms an integrated part of its business.
Handicare offers solutions and support to increase the independence of the physically challenged or elderly and to enable them to live an active life — on their terms — and to facilitate for their care providers and family.
The offering encompasses: curved and straight stairlifts; transfer, lifting and repositioning aids; and vehicle accessibility products and solutions. A division of global leader in accessibility Savaria Corporation, Handicare has sales in more than 20 countries and manufacturing sites in North America, Asia and Europe.
Most recently, Handicare Stairlifts UK hosted a much anticipated virtual event for trade partners in December which celebrated everything its family of dealers have achieved together over the last 18 months, despite the challenges the market has faced.https://thiis.co.uk/handicare-achieves-accreditation-for-environmental-impact-at-chinese-manufacturing-site/https://i2.wp.com/thiis.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/Photo_-XM-employees.jpg?fit=900%2C572&ssl=1https://i2.wp.com/thiis.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/Photo_-XM-employees.jpg?resize=150%2C150&ssl=1Awards & AchievementsNewsroomSupplier NewsTrade Newscertification,china,environmental,Handicare Accessibility,ISO14001,recognition,Stairlift,XiamenHandicare Accessibility has received recognition for its commitment to environmental practices with ISO14001 certification at its manufacturing site in Xiamen, China. The international accreditation verifies that the site has effective environmental management systems in place, and is committed to reducing its environmental impact. Handicare was the first stairlift manufacturer in the...Liane McIvorLiane McIvorliane@thiis.co.ukAdministratorTHIIS Magazine