Umicore environmental policy

Umicore Group

The Umicore Group places sustainable development at the heart of its strategy for progress and innovation. It defines a sustainable development policy and sets quantifiable objectives for the continuous improvement of its QSE (Quality, Safety and Environment), societal and economic performance. These objectives apply to each of the group's Business Units (BU), including the Building Products Business Unit. The Umicore Group publishes an annual report in which annual results in terms of sustainable development are presented.

Environmental objectives - Umicore Group - 2006-2010
Objective 1 Reduction of metallic emissions at industrial sites
Objective 2 Implementation of an environmental management system (ISO 14001)
Objective 3 Assessment and action plan to eliminate the environmental risks related to current or past industrial activity
Objective 4 Implementation of an energy efficiency plan
Objective 5 Creation of a Quality, Safety and Environment database


The Building Products Unit - VMZINC

The Building Products unit deploys the sustainable development policy and the environmental objectives at all of its industrial sites. Since 2005 French Building Products unit's industrial sites have been ISO 14001 certified.

Since 2009, the Building Products unit has also been deploying a "product" environmental policy intended to improve its environmental balance sheet and its contribution to sustainable building.

"Product" environmental objectives - Building Products Unit - 2009-2011
Objective 1 Assess and improve the environmental balance sheet of products (Conduct a Life Cycle Analysis)
Objective 2 Communicate the results of the environmental assessment and improvement of products (Publish a Products Environmental Certificate -- FDES, BRE Environmental Profile, DUBI (AUB) Certificate)
Objective 3 Develop products that meet the requirements of sustainable development (Deployment of an eco-design strategy)