Bayer MaterialScience plant achieves ISO 14001 certification

Bayer MaterialScience LLC is also a 2012 Tech 50 Finalist.

Demonstrating Bayer MaterialScience LLC’s long-standing commitment to sustainability and the environment, Bayer’s Baytown, Texas, plant has achieved an International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14001 certification. The certification confirms that the Baytown site supports and sustains environmentally responsible operations through its management systems.

“Attaining the ISO 14001 certification helps to assure our customers and stakeholders that we have an effective environmental management system in place while also continuing Bayer’s commitment to maintain sustainable practices,” said Rod Herrick, Baytown general site manager. “This most recent validation of our environmental systems was accomplished at the same time we re-certified our quality management systems through ISO 9001.”

The certifications were achieved through a week-long, third-party audit by DQS – a management assessment firm from Germany. Auditors visited all business units at the site to ensure the international standards were met.

According to ISO, benefits of being ISO 14001 certified include savings in consumption of energy and materials, and lower distribution costs.

To ensure the Baytown site maintains both certificates, it will be externally audited every three years. In addition to the external audits, the site will conduct internal audits to continuously look for ways to improve its management systems.

About Bayer MaterialScience LLC:

Bayer MaterialScience LLC is one of the leading producers of polymers and high-performance plastics in North America and is part of the global Bayer MaterialScience business with approximately 14,800 employees at 30 production sites around the world and 2011 sales of 10.8 billion euros. Bayer MaterialScience’s 2011 sales in North America were $2.9 billion.  The company manufactures high-tech polymer materials and develops innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, electrical and electronics, construction, medical, and sports and leisure industries. Sustainability is central to Bayer MaterialScience LLC’s business and is based around the key areas of innovation, product stewardship, excellence in corporate management, social responsibility and respect for the environment.

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