UPM Raflatac achieves ISO 14001:2004 certification
UPM Raflatac (Mills River, NC) has received ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management System certification for its state-of-the-art labelstock factory in Dixon, IL. This certification represents a significant step toward achieving one of the company's major goals for its labelstock and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) facilities worldwide, which is to develop Environmental Management Systems (EMS) that operate in accordance with an internationally recognized standard. With a fully developed EMS, the Illinois factory joins the ranks of other UPM Raflatac facilities in the United States, Europe, and China in setting the standard for environmental performance within the label industry.
“Environmental sustainability is one of UPM Raflatac’s core values,” says Laura Cummings, sustainability and environmental manager, UPM Raflatac. “Our customers know that we are fully engaged in environmental sustainability efforts and that they can depend on us as a working partner and collaborator in protecting our environment, sharing our knowledge and experience, and meeting the needs of end-users and consumers.”
UPM Raflatac has long focused on environmental sustainability, making critical investments to reduce production waste, ensure the responsible use of raw materials, and promote recycling. From the company’s early work to pioneer the use of solvent-free adhesives and silicones; to the receipt of multi-site chain-of-custody certification from prominent forest certification organizations; to the rollout of its environmentally preferable RafEco product portfolio, UPM Raflatac has moved beyond incremental improvements in the company's processes and practices and has embedded environmental sustainability in its business.