Ecocem – Case Study
Ecocem Ireland is an independent, specialist producer of GGBS (Ground Granulated Blastfurnace Slag) – better known to most of us as ‘cement’.
Ecocem is a company with international reach, with production facilities located in The Netherlands, the south of France as well as in Dublin Port in Ireland.
In fact, the purpose-built GGBS plant in Dublin is the first of its kind in Ireland and a statement of Ecocem’s commitment to meeting its customers demands at all times.
Why ISO Accreditation was an important objective
Ecocem’s commitment to the environment is reflected in its mission statement which sets out its determination to be ‘the leader and centre of excellence in the production and use of GGBS as an economic and environmentally friendly cement in Ireland.’
Susan McGarry, Environmental Manager with Ecocem Ireland, explains: ‘We originally aspired to ISO 14001 certification as it helped structure the environmental ethos Ecocem had already employed throughout the company.’
‘We also operate in a commercial environment where our customers and end users demand verified proof that we uphold the highest standards of quality and sustainability – and as such we expanded our ambitions for accreditation with an integrated management system to include our original ISO 14001 system and a new ISO 9001 quality management system.’
The benefits of partnering with CGBC
‘As we embarked on our journey to achieve accreditation it became clear just how much work would be involved,’ Susan explains, ‘The main challenge would be integrating the system into the everyday work practices of all our team and getting them on board. But this issue quickly became less challenging by having Caroline on-hand to host staff briefings, prepare internal emails and tweak the system to suit our needs.’
‘Working with CGBC is great, especially because they implement the system around your needs. Rather than doing all the work for us and leaving us with a system we didn’t understand and wouldn’t use, Caroline worked alongside us to ensure we had a clear grasp of the system from the outset. The process was a lot quicker than I had thought it would be, and this is due to Caroline’s expertise and work ethic. I would highly recommend CGBC to anyone looking at ISO certification.’
With ISO accreditation now in place Ecocem believe they are perfectly positioned for whatever the future holds for their business. As Susan explains: ‘I have had more and more customers ask me for the company’s ISO certificates this year as proof of their own supply chain sustainability. And this is something I believe will continue in the knowledge that ISO certification is now an expectation for companies rather than previously being perceived as an added bonus.’
And a final word about Caroline and her team:
‘All in all, Caroline and CGBC were fantastic, giving us real insight into the world of ISO and auditing. And when the time for us to take over the managing of the system we know that Caroline is always just a phone call away to provide assistance whenever we need it.’
There you have it. ISO certification with CGBC – a solid foundation for business success. If you would like your organisation to gain ISO Certification within 12 weeks, fill out the contact form to the right.