ISO 14001 paves way for new contracts at RDM

RDMKeene300The Coventry-based engineering firm RDM Group is planning to cut energy usage by 20% per year and take £75,000 of waste out of its manufacturing and operational process after securing ISO 14001 environmental accreditation.

RDM also said the newly-won accreditatuion would help it deliver sustainability on major contracts with automotive tier one and vehicle manufacturers, putting it “in the shop window” for new vehicle contracts.

Chairman David Keene (pictured) said RDM had always been committed to being a green company and could now officially prove its credentials. “ISO 14001 gave us a framework thatformalised a lot of the existing systems we had in place. It took us less than a year to introduce and secure the standard.”

He continued: “It also provided us with some new ideas and ensured we got the full buy-in of all staff, from the directors through to team leaders and workers on the shop floor. A real team effort you could say.”

With support from Coventry City Council’s Business Sustain initiative, RDM put the reduction of waste and energy at the top of its commitment, focusing on enforcing waste management segregation and re-using or recycling packaging.

A ‘switch off’ policy and weekly meter readings had also been introduced, with every member of the workforce receiving energy awareness training.

RDM, which employs 38 people, supplies wiring harnesses/looms, electronic ECUs, PCBs, plastic mouldings, trim and metal assemblies and part logistics management services.

This material is protected by copyright Ken Hurst 2013.

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About Ken Hurst

Ken Hurst began his career as a journalist in London over 30 years ago, working on a range of publications before moving on to weekly newspaper production in the newly-independent Zambia of the 1970s. He returned to the UK where his work included spells on newspapers and magazines, before moving to head up Norwich Union’s corporate affairs division. In the 1990s he moved on to freelance, co-own and publish the B2B audio magazine Sound and front the BBC radio Yesterday’s Papers programme. There followed six years as Business Editor at Britain’s biggest selling regional daily newspaper, The Eastern Daily Press, where he led an award-winning team and for whom he still writes a weekly socio/political comment column. Subsequently, he was Group Editorial Director at CBM, responsible for its UK and US magazine output – including The Manufacturer magazine – research-driven industry reports and live events content. Currently he is Contributing Editor at Works Management magazine publisher Findlay Media and Chairman of the consumer publishing house TNT Multimedia Ltd. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the British Association of Communicators in Business.
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