Created in 2004 and implemented in all environmentally relevant company locations in Brazil, the program aims to identify improvement opportunities through environmental characterization and assessment. It also assists in identifying performance indicators, monitoring key environmental aspects such as water, energy, solid waste, among others. In terms of results, the program has provided for greater control and standardization of data, minimized environmental impacts, monitored and reduced environmental risks and improved occupational health and safety conditions.
Aware of its role in helping build a better world for current and future generations, Siemens engages in permanent efforts to reduce or even eliminate the impact of its products and industrial processes on the environment, as well as streamline the use of natural resources. In order to transform this vision in concrete results, Siemens structured the Environmental Management concept into three pillars, which are interrelated to each other and ensure the execution of actions (Operational Management), their continuous control (Monitoring Management) and the permanent pursuit of improvements (Excellence Management). Siemens is one of the leading companies in developing technologies capable of minimizing environmental impacts of industrial processes by considering the sustainable use of natural resources throughout the entire productive cycle. The environmental protection programs and actions focus on sustainable development and implementation and maintenance of the Integrated System Management.
In Brazil, dissemination of the company’s global environmental principles is carried out and coordinated by the Quality and Environmental Management (QEM) area. As such, it is responsible for executive aspects - implementation and maintenance of these systems - and strategic aspects - definition of policies and guidelines, adjustments, search of methodologies, practices and concepts, monitoring of market trends and pertinent technologies. Integrated System Management is based on domestic and international benchmark standards, such as the National Quality Award (PNQ) Excellence Criteria, European Quality Award (EQA), Malcom Baldrige National Quality Award (MBNQA) and the ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 and SA 8000 standards, all in consonance with the company’s Values, Mission and Vision.
Environmental management encompasses all company locations throughout Brazil. Siemens was the first company in Brazil to receive ISO 9000 certification (1989) and the first to receive TL 9000 certification in Latin America (2000), a major achievement by the Telecommunications unit at the time.