Environmental management systems
The significant level of implementation of an environmental management system, present in companies representing 55.8% of Group sales, is based on the objective of seeking adoption of the ISO 14001 standard in the majority of the Group’s activities, which is already implemented in 68.0% of ACS Group sales.
The responsibility of overseeing the ACS Group’s environmental performance falls to the Environmental Department in each company. In general, the following common, general and most significant characteristics were found in ACS Group companies’ management of environmental impacts:
- They themselves, in a decentralised and autonomous manner, develop their own policies and action plans (in ACS, companies representing 96.0% of its sales define formal environmental objectives periodically and, furthermore, 25.0% reward their workers according to fulfilment of these objectives).
- They also implement certification schemes and external independent audits (55.8% of the ACS Group’s production was audited in 2012).
- They carry out environmental audits (724 in 2012).
- Companies representing 71.6% of ACS Group sales have some kind of centralised database to collect environmental data.
- Companies representing 33.0% of ACS Group sales have an incident reporting system for detailing near misses relating to environmental matters. A total of 967 environmental incidents occurred in 2012, which involved the origination of a total of 20 sanctioning administrative proceedings.
Specifically and operationally, the main environmental measures revolve around four key areas, on which the ACS Group’s companies position themselves explicitly: the fight against climate change, promotion of ecoefficiency, water saving and respect for biodiversity.