Conducting business responsibly
Integrated Management System for Occupational Health, Safety, Environmental Protection and Quality
Covestro’s stated aims are to take preventive measures to protect employees, suppliers and service providers, ensure uninterrupted operations and continually improve quality. The integrated management system implemented throughout the Group pertains to the topics of health, safety, environment and quality (HSEQ). The head of the integrated HSEQ management system is commissioned by the Board of Management. The integrated management system ensures implementation of the specifications of the HSEQ Group guidelines based on internationally recognized standards governing occupational safety (OHSAS 18001), the environment (ISO 14001), energy (ISO 50001) and quality (ISO 9001). Adherence to processes and workflows is regularly verified through internal audits, annual self-assessments and external certifications. The insights we gain from these measures are incorporated into our annual management assessment. Every process is thus subject to ongoing monitoring and is updated as required. Our existing HSEQ management system corresponds to the requirements of the current ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 standards and was also successfully certified in 2018 based on the new ISO standards. Specific targets in line with the aforementioned ISO standards have been defined.
The integrated management system comprises the following subsections:
Occupational health and safety
In the area of occupational health and safety, globally applicable processes include detailed rules governing the safety of production facilities and manufacturing processes, the investigation of accidents and environmental and transportation incidents, health screening and occupational safety, and emergency management at Covestro. The rules stipulated by international standards such as OHSAS 18001 comprise the minimum requirements applicable worldwide and are supplemented with additional regulations as needed. This is intended to prevent accidents and incidents during day-to-day business as well as during transportation that could affect people or the environment. We also offer support to our customers, for example by providing training on the safe handling of our products in and outside of our facilities.
Environment and energy
In the areas of environment and energy, global minimum standards were specified in the form of rules and regulations similar to internationally recognized standards and rules such as ISO 14001 (environmental management) and ISO 50001 (energy management) to ensure that we satisfy our ambitious expectations of resource efficiency and emission reductions. Each year we analyze and evaluate the effects of our activities on the environment. From our environmental performance assessment, we derive measures to reduce and minimize environmental impacts. Global process and workflow descriptions help us implement these throughout the Group. In the year under review, the energy efficiency system we introduced in 2008 was recertified to ISO 50001 for the seventh time at the main German production sites.
We have very high expectations when it comes to the quality of the raw materials we use, and set standards for their processing into high-tech plastics and polyurethane precursors. Within the framework of our integrated HSEQ management system, our quality management meets the requirements of the current, newly revised standard ISO 9001:2015. In doing so, we are creating the underlying conditions for addressing the customers' needs to a large degree with regard to our products and services.