A Sustainable and Controlled Business Operation
We Operate According to the Internationally Accepted Standard with Requirements for an Environmental Management System
ISO 14001 is the internationally accepted standard with requirements for an environmental management system. The environmental management system is used to develop an environmental policy that suits the organization and ensure its implementation.
Using an environmental management system according to the ISO 14001 standard, environmental risks associated with business operations can be controlled and, if possible, reduced. ISO 14001 certification is not universally mandatory, but some municipalities request it when issuing an environmental permit. Larger companies, especially governments, often require ISO 14001 certification in their tenders.
We Guarantee and Strive for Continuous Improvement of Good Working Conditions
OHSAS stands for “Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series” (officially BS OHSAS 18001) and is an internationally applied British standard for occupational health and safety management systems. An occupational health and safety management system demonstrates to all stakeholders that working conditions in the organization are well-regulated, that occupational health and safety risks have been identified and evaluated, and that employees are encouraged to learn from their experiences.
OHSAS 18001 is the globally accepted standard with requirements for an occupational health and safety management system. Employee health and safety are influenced by factors such as physical strain, physical conditions, psychosocial stress, and machine safety. An occupational health and safety management system identifies and evaluates hazards and risks to reduce them.
The basis for the occupational health and safety management system is the ‘plan-do-check-act’ cycle (PDCA). OHSAS 18001 also sets requirements for the results of the management system:
– Continuous improvement of working conditions
– Control of occupational health and safety risks resulting from the organization’s activities
– Compliance with applicable legal requirements
OHSAS 18001 is widely applied internationally. In many countries, OHSAS 18001 has been adopted as a national standard. The OHSAS 18001 standard aligns seamlessly with the ISO 14001 standard in terms of structure. At the ISO level, work is currently underway to develop an ISO standard for occupational health and safety management systems, namely ISO 45001.
We Process Recovered Textiles in a Sustainable and Responsible Manner
The Certification Scheme Textile Retrieval is the certification system for textile collection, sorting, trading, and recycling companies. It consists of the Certification Scheme Textile Retrieval standard with a checklist based on which assessments are carried out and the certification regulations that outline the rules for assessments. Certification is conducted by Kiwa Netherlands B.V.
The objectives of the Certification Scheme Textile Retrieval are as follows:
– Further professionalization of the textile recycling industry
– Optimization of the image of the textile recycling industry
– Promotion of the market position of companies that meet the quality requirements specified in the certification scheme
– Providing guarantees to clients, suppliers, customers, and regulators that requirements related to sustainability and transparency in the collection and processing of textiles for reuse are met
– Serving as a tool for companies to ensure good business practices
– Providing assurances that recovered textiles and resulting waste materials are processed responsibly. This includes ensuring that waste materials are processed within OECD boundaries.
We Are Reliable and Competent and Are Listed on the National VIHB Register
Listing in the national VIHB (Vervoerders, Inzamelaars, Handelaars, en Bemiddelaars van afvalstoffen) Register is mandatory for companies in the Netherlands engaged in the transportation, collection, trade, and/or intermediation of business waste materials or hazardous waste materials. The NIWO (Stichting Nationale en Internationale Wegvervoer Organisatie) manages this list with the aim of guaranteeing the reliability and quality of companies dealing with such materials.
To do business with a company involved in such materials, it can be checked in the VIHB register whether the company meets the specified conditions.
Every company must demonstrate its reliability by providing a valid Certificate of Good Conduct (VOG) and prove its competence with a professional diploma. Companies with a Euro license already meet the conditions to be listed on the VIHB register.
Foreign companies involved in business waste and hazardous materials active in the Netherlands are also obliged to register with the NIWO to be included in the VIHB register.